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Thousands of Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation

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Posted on Oct 18, 2008
Baghdad protest
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr burn effigies of U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a rally in Baghdad on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis, with remote guidance from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, joined in a demonstration in Baghdad on Saturday to implore the Iraqi parliament to reject a security pact with the U.S. before the year’s end.


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Al-Sadr’s message was addressed to Iraqi lawmakers and read by his aide Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Mohammadawi before a huge crowd of mostly young men waving Iraqi and green Shiite flags and chanting slogans including “no, no to the agreement” and “yes to Iraq.”

“The Iraqi government has abandoned its duty before God and its people and referred the agreement to you knowing that ratifying it will stigmatize Iraq and its government for years to come,” he said.

Al-Sadr, who is living in Iran, also cast doubt on the Iraqi government’s argument that the security pact is a step toward ending the U.S. presence in Iraq. The deal would require U.S. forces to leave by Dec. 31, 2011 unless Iraq asked some of them to stay.

“If they tell you that the agreement ends the presence of the occupation, let me tell you that the occupier will retain its bases. And whoever tells you that it gives us sovereignty is a liar,” al-Sadr said. “I am confident that you brothers in parliament will champion the will of the people over that of the occupier ... Do not betray the people.”

The demonstrators marched from the main Shiite district of Sadr City to the more central Mustansiriyah Square in eastern Baghdad.

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By Leefeller, October 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

It is nice to know we have shared our kind of democracy with Iraq.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, October 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

@ Fadal Abdallah

You wrote, “Despite the misery the Iraqis live under, I envy them for being able to muster such a huge crowd organized by a leader living in exile. Conversely, I lament our situation here in America, for despite our freedoms and the relative ease we enjoy and despite our numbers which are 12 times the population of Iraq, we have failed miserably to muster such numbers of protesters against the war and its evil…”

100,000 showing up at an Obama rally in St. Louis might suggest the opposite, eh?

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By Fadel Abdallah, October 19, 2008 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

By cyrena, October 18 at 11:28 pm #

Obvious typo in the last post. I meant that the Iraqis should take THEIR country back!!
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Hello Cyrena! What your referred to as a typo should stand as relevant to taking our country back too. Since we have bee entangled in this bloody situation against the interests and values of our country, the Iraqis struggle to take their country back means by extension that we here in America will also take our country back from the evil ones who hijacked it.

Despite the misery the Iraqis live under, I envy them for being able to muster such a huge crowd organized by a leader living in exile. Conversely, I lament our situation here in America, for despite our freedoms and the relative ease we enjoy and despite our numbers which are 12 times the population of Iraq, we have failed miserably to muster such numbers of protesters against the war and its evil; a situation that makes us collectively complicit in the 6-year evil being perpetrated in our name and with our increasingly scarce treasure!

So, hypothetically and God forbid, if a desperate Iraqi individual or group, bound on revenge, would perpetrate a 9/11-like attack we should not be surprised or act in self-righteousness for we all have blood on our hands!

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By jackpine savage, October 19, 2008 at 7:45 am Link to this comment

Cyrena,

My pleasure. Another link you might enjoy along the same lines:

http://worldmeets.us/

And both have extensive lists of non-American news sources with many offering either autotranslation or English content.

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By cyrena, October 19, 2008 at 12:28 am Link to this comment

Obvious typo in the last post. I meant that the Iraqis should take THEIR country back!!

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By cyrena, October 19, 2008 at 12:26 am Link to this comment

Jackpine,

Thanks for the link. Excellent.

Does anybody remember McCain saying in the late debate, (typical serial lying ass) that this agreement was already a done deal? I do.

And to the Iraqis, I say…keep at it, and don’t let up. Not for a single instant. run them out!!!Take our country back!

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By jackpine savage, October 18, 2008 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

Your democracy, which we applauded, turned us into those bereaved of children, widows, and orphans of the street begging for mercy and a piece of the bread from a government that has made itself deaf to our hunger and our eternal subjugation.

Our weariness which we live with every day and every night is dark and without water or electricity or food to satisfy the mouths of our children! Our weariness is the tears of our orphans who dream of a game or new clothes or a piece of candy. Our weariness is cancer, hepatitis, and cholera. These are the exotic diseases that followed your great liberation of us! These serious diseases, which were transferred to us, consumed the bodies of the poor and those with disabilities and injuries. We either die of a disease or hunger or under bombs of your planes.

~Zakia Al Mazuri, writing in Kitabat. The article is entitled “America, Get Out Today and not Tomorrow!”

http://watchingamerica.com/News/8915/america-get-out-today-and-not-tomorrow/

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By yours truly, October 18, 2008 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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If The Iraqi people take to the streets, not for one day, but nonstop, they’ll get their country back.  And if at the very same time that the Iraqis are doing their thing, we take to the streets, we’ll get our country back.  And then what sort of world?  It’ll be up to us

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By Purple Girl, October 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

I wish them Luck on that.
Frankly we’d like to get rid of the Same occupiers who are residing in our Gov’t, and heads of Multi national conglomerates and happen to use our Flag as Camoflague.
The FAct Remains here that No Matter What Energy source we use, We will Never Be ‘Energy Independent’ Until we Take back contol & ownership of our OWN RESOURCES of Energy.
Revoke all leases- those 68,000 Acres, those they are currently Milking and those they are no Doubt Paching on or have outright Stolen. Push them back on to their OWN Properties and make them compete on the Free Global Market against US. Provide ‘Homegrown’energy to the Homeland First & Foremost and Sell the excess on the open Free market.It is NOT just the M.E. Oil’Royals’ who are Holding US Hostage it is Exxon,andChevron and those FORIEGNERS Shell, and BP.They STEAL our energy source, and sell it back to US at a horrendous Profit.
But Good Luck Iraqi’ we’ve been screaming to get rid of These Occupiers, theives and Instigators for about 30 decades, The last ‘Oil crisis’.Let’s Call it ‘Recapturing OUR National Treasures’!

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