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I write to set the historical record straight. In his Sept. 16 letter “With ‘God’ on our side, we’ve blundered into wars,” John L. Hodge states that there was “relatively little public protest” against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There was a great deal of public protest opposing the war in Iraq. Millions of people around the world protested before the war began. It’s estimated that anywhere from 6 million to 30 million people took to the streets on Feb. 15, 2003. At least 500,000 people protested in New York City (I was among them), a million in London, 3 million in Rome, and more than a million in Madrid. After the initial shock and awe bombardment of Iraq, 50,000 demonstrated here in Boston at the end of March 2003.

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Perhaps more people should have protested, but please don’t forget that millions of us did.

Thea Paneth
Arlington

The writer is a member of Arlington United for Justice with Peace.