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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 10:11 AM
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8. Protesters greet Bush in Ireland
ENNIS, Ireland - Amid antiwar protests, President Bush arrived in Ireland late yesterday for four days of U.S.-European diplomacy as NATO allies neared agreement on a mission to help train Iraqi security forces.

Thousands of demonstrators turned out in the nearby town of Shannon, in the capital of Dublin, and elsewhere around the country to protest Bush's visit and the increasingly bloody war in Iraq. Meanwhile, the U.S. treatment of prisoners there and at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, drew fresh criticism.

Bush responded that the critics "don't really understand America." He defended the war that toppled former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and has left about 850 American soldiers dead and more than 5,200 others wounded.

Shortly before Bush arrived Friday, EU external affairs commissioner Christopher Patten accused the U.S. administration of "hair splitting" over the application of the Geneva Conventions protecting prisoners of war. Patten also warned that continuing violence threatens to send Iraq "flying apart in the next few months."
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