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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:09 AM
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Shiite protesters rally in Najaf, vow to march on US base
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1504&nc...

NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) - More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the Shiite holy city of Najaf and were to march on a US base near the city in support of cleric Moqtada Sadr, a fiery critic of the US-led occupation.

Chanting "No, no to America! No, no to the arrogant!" the protesters rallied outside Najaf's main mosque Sunday, the tomb of imam Ali and one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam, dressed in white robes and wearing green headbands. snip

"If Americans impose a Governing Council, this country will not abide by their laws and constitution," he added.

"The Americans who claim to be introducing democracy are doing the same thing the Baath Party has done: they are oppressing everyone."

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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:14 AM
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1. Yikes! Vowing to march on the US base?
This could turn into something much uglier - like a massacre...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 08:47 AM
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2. they are just all a twitter
with our being there -- aren't they?
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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:50 AM
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3. Job One; suppressing the majority
Bremer of Iraq

By Bill Berkowitz, WorkingForChange.com
May 9, 2003
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15864

<...Bremer co-chaired the Operations Sub-Group at the National Security Council along with Oliver North,...>


<Bremer's greatest challenge will be to create the trappings of a democracy while ensuring that a fundamentalist Islamic government does not win control over the country. If the Shiite majority prevails in democratic elections, post-war Iraq could take on a decidedly anti-American cast. Anatol Lieven of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told WBAI Radio's Doug Henwood in late April that such a government would not want the U.S. to control its oil or establish military bases on its soil and would not be likely to recognize Israel.


What special expertise about Iraq or the Middle East is Bremer bringing to Iraq? None, says a former senior State Department official who has worked with Bremer. He is a "voracious opportunist with voracious ambitions," the official told Newsday. "What he knows about Iraq could not quite fill a thimble. What he knows about any part of the world would not fill a thimble. But what he knows about Washington infighting could fill three or four bushel baskets.>
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