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Thousands Rally Against U.S. in Iraq

Posted on Apr 9, 2007

Following religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s call, thousands of Iraqi Shiites held an anti-U.S. demonstration Monday, marking the fourth anniversary of the American occupation of Baghdad.


Large crowds of men, women and children, holding flags and anti-U.S. banners, gathered in Najaf and the nearby twin city of Kufa for the protest, which is also seen as a show of strength for the cleric who himself has been in self-exile for more than two months, an AFP correspondent said.

The rally will initially begin in Kufa and then head to Najaf’s Sadrain Square, the reporter said.

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By dale Headley, April 10, 2007 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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What’s the matter with these people?  Don’t they know that we’re killing them in the hundreds of thousands so they can be free of Saddam?  What’s that you ask - Saddam who?

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By howser, April 10, 2007 at 5:02 am Link to this comment
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we need to get back the america we once were
that lead by example an not by force
that an patience an eventually as civilizatins grow
and the there is less people starving an trying to do wat they must to survive then ya , they could focus on the study of civility an ponder thoughts of the mind an eventually come to understand our ways.

  all i can really say is god bless america
.... america not any one single individual but the nation as a whole
an also taht i wish everyone could look into history
an observe wat happend to every country in the world that got comfortable on top…
they fell

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By cann4ing, April 9, 2007 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment

So what else is new?  Polls have consistently shown that the vast majority of Iraqis have wanted us out for some time?  As Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk has so eloquently observed, the people of that region do want “freedom.”  They want “freedom from us.”  Unfortunately, that is not the type of “freedom” the oil-seeking, money-grubbing, neocon sociopathic imperialists are prepared to offer.  So the war drags on.

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By Steve Hammons, April 9, 2007 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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As a recently-developed US Army/Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual indicates, “hard power” troop surges, bullets and bombs will not solve all the problems.

“Soft power” in terms of information ops, psychological ops and persuasion ops will play an important part in the tragic Iraq disaster.

Taking a look at the WWII-era US Army “Military Intelligence Service (MIS)” in the Pacific, which was comprised of Japanese-Americans, is also a good example of possible assets and resources in these efforts. See:

“Eastwood, Spielberg: One More Iwo Jima Film”
April 4, 2007

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Unconventional intel and psychological ops might also be helpful:

“Unconventional Human Intelligence Support: Navy SEAL’s report”
January 7, 2007

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By Eric L. Prentis, April 9, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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US military forces have gone from being invaders in Iraq to now being occupiers of Iraq. The Iraqi and American people want us out of Iraq. The US military surge in Iraq cannot hope to succeed because the US military is now in the middle of a Iraqi civil war, consequently, the Iraq war is lost. The Republican and media talking points wrongly suggest that everything will be fine if the US just continues it’s present military strategy. The present US course of action in Iraq is only fostered by those who do not put America first. America desperately needs real leaders who have the courage stand up for America.

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By murano, April 9, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Marie2. The president needs to re-examine the issue at hand. As long as we prolong efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate global poverty, like the Iraq war, people will continue to suffer. It is time to take action, just as The Borgen Project has to spread awareness of this crisis situation.

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By marie2, April 9, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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We need someone to lead us properly and solve the issues that really matter to us. If President Bush or any other president really wants to protect our country from future terrorists, he or she should combat global poverty which is at the root of the problem. We don’t need to be in a war that benefits the businesses of Americans. We need to be helping the rest of the world in order to help ourselves which would really benefit the economy. We could actually be doing businesses with the past “poor” countries of this world.

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By Quy Tran, April 9, 2007 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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Biggest show on Earth after Vietnam War ! “Yankees Go Home” is now echoed from those who love their country and freedom. There’s no hidden place for Bush/Cheney to live !

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