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Old 03-01-2005, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Iraqis demonstrate against terrorism

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BAGHDAD, Iraq Mar 1, 2005 — More than 2,000 people demonstrated Tuesday at the site of a car bombing south of Baghdad that killed 125 people, chanting "No to terrorism!"

An Internet statement purportedly by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq group claimed responsibility the bombing.

Iraqis demonstrate in condemnation of Monday's suicide bombing, in Hillah in Iraq on Tuesday, March 1, 2005. Hundreds of people visited the wounded and inspected corpses at the hospital in Hillah on Tuesday, trying to identify friends and family who died in a suicide bombing that killed at least 120 people, the single deadliest attack of its kind since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=541819

I would just like to point out that Iraqis are demonstrating against the terrorists in Iraq, since some people seem to believe that most of the Iraqis are with the terrorists (either silently, or overtly).

It also makes me feel good when Iraqis chant "No to terrorism!" instead of "Death to America!"

edit: I just found the rest of the article, forgive me, but the AP has this story intertwined with that of the missing french journalist for some reason
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Ten more people died from injuries in Monday's car bombing in Hillah, south of Baghdad, raising the death toll to 125. The attacker detonated the bomb as a group of police and national guard recruits were lining up to take physicals at a medical clinic.

At least 141 others were injured in the blast the boldest challenge yet to Iraq's efforts to build a security force that can take over from the Americans.

The Internet statement by al-Qaida in Iraq said that the attack targeted a registration center for Iraqi police and National Guardsmen. It made no mention of the medical clinic or a nearby market where a number of people were also killed.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the statement, which was posted on the Web site that has previously carried al-Qaida material. The statement was also posted under the name of Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, the designated media coordinator of al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.

More than 2,000 people held the impromptu demonstration on front of the clinic, chanting "No to terrorism!" and "No to Baathism and Wahhabism!"

Wahhabism is a reference to adherents of the strict form of Sunni Islam preached by Osama bin Laden, while the Baath party was the political organization that ran Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

The demonstrators also demanded that interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi step down.

Police prevented people from parking cars in front of the clinic or the hospital, where authorities blocked hospital gates with barbed wire to stave off hundreds of victims' relatives desperate for information on loved ones.

Provincial Gov. Walid al-Janabi said no funeral procession would be held in Hillah due to "security reasons." He did not elaborate, but police said they feared new attacks.

Authorities blocked hospital gates with barbed wire to stave off hundreds of victims' relatives desperate for information on loved ones.

Anxious for news of loved ones, they gathered around lists carrying the names of the dead and injured that were posted on hospital walls, screaming and wailing. They also went through victims' belongings, including identification cards, left in boxes nearby.

Distraught relatives at the hospital morgue placed the dead into coffins and loaded them onto pickup trucks, taking them to city mosques and homes where the bodies will be washed before burial, a Muslim tradition in Iraq.

Many of the corpses, charred or dismembered, were unrecognizable, stuffed into white plastic bags. Other bodies lay on the ground in the open because the overwhelmed morgue had no place to store them.

"We blame Hillah police for this tragedy because they didn't take the necessary measures to protect innocent people," said Hussein Hassoun, who lost two nephews who were standing in line for medical checkups, trying to join the local police force.

Many of the dead will be taken to the holy Shiite city of Najaf for burial later Tuesday.
Wow, they even chanted "No to Wahhabism."

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Old 03-01-2005, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a good sign for the health of the Iraqi nation.

Of course it is really too early to know what it means, but the optics are good for us in the west.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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given the scale of yesterday's bombing, it hardly seems surprising that people would be upset and would demonstrate on that basis. i am not sure that it means anything in the grander scheme of things, however.

i have no particular assmumptions about alignments in iraq--i do not have any reason to believe that folk across the board aare as one either with or against whoever is reponsible for yesterday's attack.

i do find it a bit interesting that after the shi'a-lead coalition overwhelmingly trounced allawi---and his american backers at the same time in the elections---that the political situation in iraq has largely dropped away from being a focus of the american press--obviously the administration feels that it stood to gain pr wise more from the process than the outcome--i was not aware that the administrations views and those of the press were necessarily one--at any rate compare that with how this article is framed--taking up american discourse about cause, etc. i suspect there was a gap seperating how things happened on the ground from how ap reported it--but this is little more than a suspicion.
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Old 03-01-2005, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No one likes being blown up. The more America pulls out of Iraq, the more the terrorists will have nothing left to target but their own people. Hopefully this will continue to backfire on the terrorists and they will lose any local support that they have left.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's nice to see the Iraqi people fighting back against these thugs. I'm sure there were people who wanted to fight back all along, but they were not confident that they had the support of their neighbors. This seems to indicate that their confidence is growing, and that's a good thing
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Old 03-01-2005, 09:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Definitely a turn for the better, but hopefully it doesn't just escalate into terrorism "fighting" terrorism as it has with Palestinians and Israel.
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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news companys probably paid iraqie people to dress up and do that
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Finally some good news at last coming out of Iraq, hopefully this continues.
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Now, if effective police and security forces were being put in place to actually prevent these attacks in the first place.

yes, it's good that there are anti-terror demonstrations. very good. but it's not the grand prize.
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