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Sadr Backers Protest Freedom, Democracy

From those champions of terrorist-supporting dictators at Reuters:

Supporters of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest during a rally at Firdos square in Baghdad April 9, 2009.

Six years on, huge protest marks Baghdad’s fall

By Mohammed Abbas And Aseel Kami Thu Apr 9

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of followers of anti-American Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr thronged Baghdad on Thursday to mark the sixth anniversary of the city’s fall to U.S. troops, and to demand they leave immediately.

"Down, down USA," the demonstrators chanted as a Ali al-Marwani, a Sadrist official, denounced the U.S. occupation of Iraq that began with the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, and the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Firdos Square.

The crowds of Sadr supporters stretched from the giant Sadr City slum in northeast Baghdad to the square around 5 km (3 miles) away.

Protesters burned an effigy featuring the face of former U.S. President George W. Bush, who ordered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and also the face of Saddam.

Shi’ites were brutally persecuted under Saddam, who was executed to chants of Sadr’s name in 2006.

"God, unite us, return our riches, free the prisoners from the prisons, return sovereignty to our country … make our country free from the occupier, and prevent the occupier from stealing our oil," Sadr said in a message read by a Sadr movement aide Asaad al-Nassiri.

"God, make us the liberators of our land," the message said, drawing roars of approval from the crowd, many clutching or wearing Iraqi flags, and some wearing Iraqi national team tracksuits in a show of nationalist sentiment.

Hammering home the nationalist message, Nassiri exhorted the demonstrators to shake hands with each other and Iraqi police and soldiers overseeing the march. Long queues formed to kiss the police and troops on the cheeks and shake their hands…

We fully realize that the purpose of these demonstrations and the media’s subsequent reports are to make Americans hate the Iraqis as miserable ingrates and wish that we had never wasted the blood of our soldiers and the wealth of our treasury on them.

And, for that matter, they have to a large part probably succeeded. For if there has ever been an example of a people who do not deserve freedom, it is the miscreants of Iraq and the Middle East in general.

But we have to remember another minor detail that will seldom or ever be mentioned in all of the media’s reports. Our shores have not been successfully attacked by the Muslim terrorists since 9/11. Not once.

And the war in Iraq, and the war on terrorism in general, is largely responsible for that. And that is something we cannot ever be allowed to forget, no matter how much our media masters ignore it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Sadr Backers Protest Freedom, Democracy”

  1. BK says:

    Tens of thousands? Maybe two. When they have an agenda then you drop a zero. When they don’t agree you still drop a zero.

    They cover this but refuse to cover the tea parties across the U.S.???

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      BK,

      I’m currently reading “A Slobbering Love Affair” about the newsmedia’s shameless agenda for getting “The Black Stick” elected. I highly recommend it… It’s a pretty good synopsis of how they act and the complete fabrication at times of “facts”. Not to mention the complete ignoring of real information that the American people would find of use.

      I have to laugh, though, because as much as they used to love to flame the former Soviet Union for not reporting on the truth, they, themselves are now intentionally manipulating data to make it look as if this administration is working toward a resounding success.

      Last week, I heard, while flipping through the channels, several TV newsies spew forth that “the public believes the recession has finally bottomed out and prosperity is in the near future”.

      So now we’re into that heavy, “we will say a thing is so…and it is so” which was the mantra of Soviet-style Russia. Only in this case, it’s the newsmedia themselves actually trying to control things.

      But like the author says, it will destroy any shred of credibility they ever had.

      I don’t buy the paper. I do not watch TV news of any kind. I am so thankful for the internet for, I hope, it will prove to be its most valuable in destroying the federal government in its current iteration and the people can best use the truth, which must forever remain pure.

  2. proreason says:

    I’m just happy that politics in Iraq are so much saner than what we have right now in the US.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    But we have to remember another minor detail that will seldom or ever be mentioned in all of the media’s reports. Our shores have not been successfully attacked by the Muslim terrorists since 9/11. Not once.

    And the war in Iraq, and the war on terrorism in general, is largely responsible for that. And that is something we cannot ever be allowed to forget

    And we must never forget the pictures of Iraqis – young and old, male and female walking to vote and proudly holding up their purple finger afterward.

    It was worth it as Saddam is dead – it should have happened in 1991 and yes, then these young men & women might not have lost their lives – not to mention that OBL & Co might have rethought their intentions way back when they were just intentions.

    But hey, I’m just a stupid conservative person, what do I know? I’m not the TOTUS or anything really important and special.

  4. canary says:

    How can we miss such an easy target.

  5. BillK says:

    At the same time, note that this is less than the number of Americans who show up in D.C. on any given weekend for the protest du semaine.

    I don’t think many of the grateful Iraqis with purple fingers were in that crowd.


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