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Iraqi Shiites Rally: ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

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Posted on Aug 4, 2006
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Over 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Baghdad to show support for Hezbollah. The demonstrators, followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr, carried posters of Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah, waved Lebanese flags, chanted, ?No, no, no, Israel, no, no, no, America,??  and called on Hezbollah to strike Tel Aviv, according to the New York Times. Protesters also burned American and Israeli flags, and pledged their willingness to die for Hezbollah.

Washington Post:

Iraqi Shiites Chant ‘Death to Israel’

By MURTADA FARAJ
The Associated Press
Friday, August 4, 2006; 10:35 AM

BAGHDAD, Iraq—Hundreds of thousands of Shiites chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” marched through the streets of Baghdad’s biggest Shiite district Friday in a show of support for Hezbollah militants battling Israeli troops in Lebanon.

No violence was reported during the rally in the Sadr City neighborhood. But at least 35 people were killed elsewhere in Iraq, many of them in a car bombing and gunbattle in the northern city of Mosul.

The demonstration was the biggest in the Middle East in support of Hezbollah since the Israeli army launched an offensive July 12 after a guerrilla raid on northern Israel. The protest was organized by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose political movement built around the Mahdi Army militia has been modeled after Hezbollah.

Al-Sadr summoned followers from throughout the Shiite heartland of southern Iraq to converge on Baghdad for the rally but he did not attend.
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NYT:

100,000 March Against U.S. and Israel in Baghdad
By DAMIEN CAVE and KIRK SEMPLE

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 4 ? More than 100,000 followers of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr marched today to show support for Hezbollah, denouncing Israel and the United States for the violence in Lebanon.

The protesters filled 20 blocks of a wide boulevard and dozens of side streets in the Shiite-dominated Sadr City section of the capital.

Waving Lebanese flags and posters of Hezbollah?s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, the protesters chanted, ?No, no, no, Israel, no, no, no, America,?? challenged Americans to fight them in their neighborhoods, and called on Hezbollah to strike at Tel Aviv.
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By NJ, August 8, 2006 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment
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To all Americans,
Its now time for everyone to open up their ears and eyes and take a good look at what this administration is doing and has done to this wonderful country of ours.  We all cannot sit back and do nothing.  Its time to spread the word Impeach this whole administration if its possible.  This President has got us into a war in Iraq only to complete his own agenda.  Now Iraq is in a huge mess and our military is right in the middle of all of this.  We have two children presently serving the military.  One on their way to Iraq Sept 3, 2006.  Our other child already has been there and their spouse just got back from there Jan/2006 second tour.  Both of them can still go back any time now. Its time to get all of our troops home especially with whats presently going on with Israel and Lebanon, Syria and Iran.  Look at the wonderful diplomacy our president is showing to the world.  Everyone around the world hates us because of Bush and the rest of his inept administration.  We all need to speak our minds.  Elections are coming up in November/2006, we must help to make sure those Senators and Rep’s who are for Bush and this war, do not get reelected.  We need people in the white house with experience, common sense, and knows how to be dipolmatic when needed.  Another words does not insert foot in mouth.  Someone with some smarts because we sure don’t have that now.  All I can say is at least Pres. Clinton did not have us in this mess, he had smarts and our government ran well.  He got along with other countries.  His only fault was Sex in the White House-a no no-but I figure that was a personal matter between him and Hilary.  And got impeached!!!!! This president should be held responsible for war crimes alone along with everything else they have done against the law etc. I am so sorry for carring on but I am so worried like the rest of you, about whats going to happen next??  We cannot wait until 2008 to elect a new president.  Please everyone its time wake up and and open your eyes to the truth before our country is totally destroyed.

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By Mad As Hell, August 6, 2006 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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So, WHY are we in Iraq again?  To help all these assholes who are calling for us all to die violently?

So, all we’ve achieved is to oust an evil dictator who kept the religious fanatics suppressed, and replaced him with religious fanatics who want to create ANOTHER evil dictatorship dedicated to killing us all.

Way to Go, MKG (Mad King George)!

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By LO, August 5, 2006 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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What is happening with the US laser missle shipment that is supposedly being rushed to Israel in time for them to use in Lebanon? When will it arrive?

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By NMC, August 5, 2006 at 12:35 am Link to this comment
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Winning hearts and minds, eh Israel?

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By DAMIAN, August 4, 2006 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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Before critiziing the Arabs, last time I checked, we were the ones to invade a sovereign country and killing thousands of innocent civilians under the false premise given to us by our immoral,corrupt and incompetent government.  9/11 should be further investigated because the course of events before, during, and after, do not add up.  Give Iraquis their country back.  If it means a civil war between Suni and Shia, so be it.  They should determine their own future.  But unfortunately, it is about oil, geo political positioning, and big business that benefit the “Bush base” and the expense of the many.  What a mess.  If the Dems get the House and hopefully the Senate, I hope they initiate impeachment proceedings and open new investigations into 9-11.  Something is terribly wrong in this country.  Lets take it back!

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By NotIsraelsFool, August 4, 2006 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment
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Wasn’t it so very considerate of our dear little alleged “ally” Israel to embark on the gratuitous mass murder of the entire country of Lebanon just when our soldiers in Iraq were already dealing with more hostility from the locals than anyone can humanly handle?

I think we should send Israel an extra $10 billion right away, just to show how much we appreciate that.

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By hellinahandbasket, August 4, 2006 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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The Chimperor has managed to unite the entire world in opposition to the US by his armaggedon foreign policy. His megalomania will be his undoing. But not before he destroys the middle east and the US in the process.

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By sam, August 4, 2006 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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W has the reverse Midas touch.


everything he touches turns to shit.

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By Curlew, August 4, 2006 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if we could get the House and the Senate to waste even more time debating legislation to make it illegal for Iraqi’s to burn the American flag while in Iraq???  Seems like something important they could take up for the rest of the year to avoid real issues.

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By saddam fruits, August 4, 2006 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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Mybe we should bring back Saddam in power ..
Then all the damn arabs that chanted against the US will get their rewards!!

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By Spinoza, August 4, 2006 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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See Juan Cole on today’s Democracy Now.

Maybe this is a good thing for Iraq as all factions unite against Israel and the USA.  I suspect only a common anti-Israel movement could unite the Shi’ia and Sunni.  In fact this latest AmericoIsraeli attack on Muslims is revitalizing al Queda. Who said George Bush is a divider?

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By earle, August 4, 2006 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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Finally!  Our close association with Israel has finally paid off.

We are now Israel in the eyes of the Arab and Muslim world.  What a glorious foreign policy achievement.

The 50-year wet dream of the Zionists has finally been achieved.

Strike up the “Jewish State’s” national anthem.

Hum? The Christian State.  The Buddhist State.  The Animist State.  The Muslim State.  The Hindu State.  The Atheist State. The Voodoo State.  The Protestant State.  The Shinto State. 

Sounds so stupid.  Not the Jewish State, of course, just all the others.

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By jkoch, August 4, 2006 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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Before sending “international peacekeepers” into Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah, look first at whether the US had any luck disarming any Iraqi militias.  Answer: foreign occupations engender militias, and efforts to suppress only make things worse.

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