A Few Gather for Peace at U

Less than one month after four planes dropped from the sky along the East Coast, bombs fell on Afghanistan.

In response, a gathering on the free speech area behind the University of Utah Union Building marked the terrorist attack?s one-month anniversary and promoted peace all day Tuesday.

When the afternoon rain hit, the scattered few who had shown up on the lawn vanished.

?It was a lower-key version of what we would have liked,? said Brian Emerson, a student involved in planning the gathering.

In the wake of retaliation against Afghanistan, anti-war protests have cropped up elsewhere in the United States, but Salt Lake City has remained quiet, Emerson said.

And despite some anti-war messages written with sidewalk chalk, the U has yet to see active demonstrations.

Organizers intended Tuesday?s event to implant the idea of peace in the minds of passers-by, Emerson said.

?I don?t think violence solves violence,? said Sara Baldwin, a student who sat studying between the trees marked with white ribbons.

Under any circumstance, she feels peace is a fundamental priority, and the U.S. action in Afghanistan leaves her looking for words.

?Honestly, I don?t know what to feel,? she said, ?I?m scared, confused and saddened?I don?t support war in general.?

Sitting at the Lesbian and Gay Student Union table nearby, Don Decker, a graduate student, supported the pro-peace gathering.

The war in Afghanistan is a sad thing, he said. ?We need people who are focused on peace when so many are focused on retribution.

?But I don?t think there?s any way we could not do what we?re doing,? Decker continued.

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