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Sunday, April 10, 2005
 
Two Pictures - three years apart

By now you have heard of the large protests in Baghdad calling for the withdrawl of US troops. The protestors marched to the exact same square in which the US Marine toppled Saddam's statue a few weeks into the war in 2003. Here is a photo of the protest march that gives you a feeling of the huge numbers involved:



The day the statue was pulled down, most of the photos and video were presented in way that there were 1000s upon 1000s of cheering Iraqs cheering the Marines on. Actually that was a little bit of embedded reporter propaganda. Here is a comprehensive photo of the scene. It looks like there were a few dozen Iraqis.


But actually I think that the protest is a *very* good sign. While it is very bad news for the long term designs of the Bushies for permanent military bases in Iraq, it demonstrates that the principle of Free Speech might be taking hold. (although the protestors were marshalled by a radical cleric... sigh) One can only hope that something positive is happening.

 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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