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 Post subject: REGRETS? I HAVE A FEW
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:52 pm 
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Words from the leader of the crown that toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein... Kadhim al-Jubouri...


March 19th, 2007
Regrets? I have a few…
By: Nicole Belle @ 1:45 PM - PDT
Guardian UK: (h/t Cliff Schecter)

His hands were bleeding and his eyes filled with tears as, four years ago, he slammed a sledgehammer into the tiled plinth that held a 20ft bronze statue of Saddam Hussein. Then Kadhim al-Jubouri spoke of his joy at being the leader of the crowd that toppled the statue in Baghdad's Firdous Square. Now, he is filled with nothing but regret.[..]

Now, on the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, he says: "I really regret bringing down the statue. The Americans are worse than the dictatorship. Every day is worse than the previous day."

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He's not the only one in that ravished country losing all hope:

From hope to despair in Baghdad

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In Baghdad, the most common sound you hear in the streets today is the insistent racket of small private generators.

The most common sight, apart from police and army roadblocks, are the black banners on walls and fences announcing people's deaths.


Iraqi commandos and US military advisors now patrol Haifa Street
And the most common feeling you come across is a kind of slow-burning, gloomy anger.


These things represent a major failure of the hopes and expectations which many Iraqis entertained four years ago.

The generators are there because the Americans and successive Iraqi governments have failed to sort out the power situation. And the deaths happen because they have not established peace here
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