Last Friday was the 10-year anniversary of worldwide protests against the Iraq war. Many call the protests the largest in world history, with estimates putting numbers between 10 and 30 million.
200,000 gathered in New York City and San Francisco, and protests on a similar scale took place in LA, Chicago, and other major US cities. Over 1 million marched in London, UK. The protestors were much more diverse than Occupy Wall Street - they included soccer moms and middle-class main street Americans, according to Time's Ishaan Tharoor.
But the protests were ignored by Bush and Congress, and by the UK government who backed the US decision to invade Iraq just over a month later.
"A decade later, it's hard to understand why the display of people power on Feb. 15 proved so ineffectual," writes Tharoor. He claims that protests back then were ineffectual because 9/11 made everyone more bellicose. Now, he argues, the international climate has changed, and that protests matter again.