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Posted on Nov 21, 2008
Iraq Protest Sadr
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

The 10,000-strong rally occurred at Firdous Square, site of the famous image where a statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled and covered in an American flag after U.S. forces took Baghdad.

Nothing says “go home” like 10,000 people yelling at you in a language you don’t quite understand. And nothing says “go home” with more irony than an effigy of your president hanging at the very spot where a statue of Saddam was famously toppled after the fall of Baghdad in 2003.


The New York Times:

More than 10,000 supporters of the radical anti-American Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr gathered in Baghdad’s Firdos Square on Friday to protest the Iraqi government plan to sign a security agreement which would maintain American troops in the country for up to three years.

With powerful symbolism, demonstrators hanged an effigy of President Bush from the plinth that once supported the statue of Saddam Hussein that was toppled after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops on April 9, 2003.

Preachers and political leaders supporting Mr. Sadr, along with some Sunni opponents of the pact, erected their podium in the same colonnaded traffic circle. The Iraqi crowd applauded the downfall of Mr. Hussein’s regime, and also placed a black hood over the effigy of President Bush. They put a whip in the effigy’s right hand and, in its left, a briefcase on which were written the words “the security agreement is shame and dishonor.”

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By samosamo, December 1, 2008 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

By Noz, November 30 at 5:53 pm

I would say it is a great demonstration of how well the media control has brained washed americans. As pissed off as so many people are that I talk with about the current state of affairs, bring up 9/11 and say that our current government was well aware and even helped bring it off without so much as a word of protest by most of the people, but those unbelievers just regale at the idea of our government doing such a thing. The people are too well trained to believe and accept the idea of some ‘iraqi’ terrorists did the attack even when the media that controls us published the fact they came from saudi arabia, egypt, and united arab emerants(sp). Just amazing what can be done with a bunch of over patriotic uneducated brain washed idiots.

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By Noz, November 30, 2008 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t think people have yet grasped the enormity of the fact that 9/11 was an inside job…

I can’t believe it has been forgotten and covered up so well.

Wow..just wow

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By purplewolf, November 23, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

Coloradokarl:
You ask for what reason our young people are being destroyed. Because it is G.W.‘s wet dream of revenge against Sadam-the man who tries to kill his daddy and the OIL and you can also toss in the fact that G.W. is and always was a bully who wants to control the lives of people less fortunate that he was as it makes him feel like God, which he thinks he is.

And no we will not leave, after all America has build the world’s largest embassy in Iraq, even though it has shoddy workmanship and materials. It is about making the Bush Administration the rulers of the world in their eyes, not the rest of the world who actually see them/us for what we have become.

Bush knew before he stole the 1st term in office that in July 2000 he stated his top goal as president was war with Iraq. It was all premeditated well before 9-11, which was an inside job. G.W.‘s brother, Marvin, who was head of security for the World Trade Center resigned his job the day before 9-11 on Sept 10th 2001 a Sunday night BTW, strange isn’t it? Why did Dick Cheney refuse to allow our interceptor pilots to take down the rocket -and not a plane- headed for the Pentagon and where was all the debris always found in a commercial airliner crashes, live film from the area of impact at the Pentagon 15 minutes after this so called plane crash happened showed NO debris at all in the land surrounding the point of impact and no it did not burn up either. Some people will believe every lie this administration had spoon fed them and think it is the truth.

We are clearly not wanted in almost every place we have chosen to take up residence all over the world. We are not the world police and if we are, shouldn’t we be charging these countries for our services instead of the taxpayers here be stuck with the bills. And whatever happened to the statement G.W. make years ago about turning Iraq back to it’s people in 2005????????

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By Paolo, November 23, 2008 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

You mean, the Iraqis don’t love us?

Even after we invaded their country and destroyed their infrastructure?

Even after we paid them to rat on their neighbors, whom we then abducted, tortured, and murdered at Abu-Ghraib and other places?

Even after we closed their horrid “rape rooms”, then reopened them under new management?

Even after we bomb wedding parties, figuring it’s okay to kill a hundred innocent bystanders if you, by luck, get one bad guy?

Where is the gratitude?

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By PaulF., November 22, 2008 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve always been confused by this war.I kinda thought well yea I guesse its better to fight terrorist on foreign land at 1st, but now we all know it only about oil and Bush’s illegal war is senseless. Now there are far more terrorist. We should leave immediately.

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By Jim Yell, November 22, 2008 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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A decent person might attack another because they were lied to about something the person attacked did or did not do. On finding out that the reason for the attack was a lie, the decent person would stop the attack and help the victim off the ground.

We have known for years and should have known before we attacked Iraq that they had had nothing to do with 9/11, but the Saudi’s had. Except for robbery Bush/Cheney had no cause for the invasion of Iraq.

All these years and we are still there. Iraq is still what it has always been a country of thugs, ruled by thugs and sadly invaded by thugs. Not much to be proud of in the whole mess. Get out today, don’t wait for tomorrow. And, yes make it our goal to move away from the need for petrochemicals. This can not be left to business, we are in this mess because the government abdicated the role of defining what is constructive business.

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By Naz, November 22, 2008 at 12:25 am Link to this comment

Bush, Cheney, and Rice are all oil people. The American economy runs on oil. We are not going to get enough oil from drilling anywhere in the U.S. We need the oil, period. Obama is willing to wage war inside Pakistan. Iran sits on the next largest amount of oil. I believe that the U.S. government is going to stay in the middle east until it secures the oil needed to keep America running. It’s either that or we suddenly become sane and turn our tremendous American ingenuity to other means of transportation and renewable energy sources and lead the world by good example.

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By samosamo, November 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

We should have left last year! These peoples have a right to work out their lives because all the w & dick show wanted to do was provide free profits for their main contributors or the other way, did the bidding of their handlers.
It is sad to see a country that was patched quilted together by warring factions to come to this because IF we leave then part of taking control will mean last tribe standing rules the country. But then again, thanks to rumsfeld and the sack and looting of bagdhad, pretty much destroying their heritage and that will be extremely hard to recover.
I cannot think of any persons more deserving of the prosecution and punishment served than the leaders of the United States of America by the world court for their war crimes. But we have the nukes and most everyone else don’t.

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By coloradokarl, November 21, 2008 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

The protests will get larger and the mercenaries will open fire and the guy with the BIG towel will unleash his army and more of our brave young men and women will be maimed and killed and for what??? does anyone Know?

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By abdo, November 21, 2008 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

talking about angry people who want to expel illegal immigrants? That is against the low.
how about 150000 soldiers @ 150000 mercenary armed to the teeth ready to kill and would not leave? I Guss the later called bringing democracy you do not want

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By troublesum, November 21, 2008 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

This is now the longest war in US history, with no end in sight.

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By scared, November 21, 2008 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

Wow.  Come on, was leaving really ever supposed to be part of this plan?  Maniacs put us in that country to occupy it.

10,000 ‘dissenters’ in one spot though?  I’m surprised a bomb wasn’t dropped on them!

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By troublesum, November 21, 2008 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

We should leave today.  Tomorrow never comes.

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By coloradokarl, November 21, 2008 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

WE SHOULD LEAVE TOMORROW !!!!!!!

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