Friday, August 04, 2006
The Associated Press reports
that the Iraqi people are putting their democratic rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, to good use:
BAGHDAD, Iraq Aug 4, 2006 (AP)— Hundreds of thousands of Shiites chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" marched through the streets of Baghdad's biggest Shiite district Friday in a show of support for Hezbollah militants battling Israeli troops in Lebanon. [. . .]
Demonstrators, wearing white burial shrouds symbolizing their willingness to die for Hezbollah, waved the group's yellow banner and chanted slogans in support of its leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who has attained a cult status in the Arab world for his defiance of Israel.
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Protesters set fire to American and Israeli flags, as well as effigies of President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, showing the men with Dracula teeth. "Saddam and Bush, Two Faces of One Coin" was scrawled on Bush's effigy.
Democracy in the Middle East, courtest of the US. . .it's truly a sight to behold. Perhaps this is one of many reasons why a majority of Americans, according to a recent Gallop Poll, want a complete US troop withdrawal from the country in the next 12 months.
Posted by Steven Josselson at 2:07 PM