"We say no war! We say no war!" The chanting was loud and crisp, coming from nearly 100 anti-war protestors gathered at Texas Tech's Student Union.
"And by us coming together here we say that even in a small community like Lubbock people are opposing this war," said protest organizer Trevor Smith.
Unswayed by Colin Powell, disgusted by President Bush, the protestors held signs reading, "Drop Bush, Not Bombs." "I don't feel that we have anything that justifies going in with the military force that they want to wage," said Smith.
But before long, the protestors had protestors of their own. "Freedom's not free y'all," said Tech student and Army Reservist Dustin Farahnak. "I say it's worth fighting for," he said. It was a viewpoint quickly pounced upon. "Freedom is worth fighting for!" shouted one of the peace activists. "That's why I will put my guns down and stand for peace. We say no war! We say no war!" he shouted.
While neither side was able to convince the opposition to see things their way, a chant earlier in the day aptly applied to everyone. "This is what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!"