Channels Bagdad Bob, who was last seen skedadling Bagdad in a limo last night
“Those are not Iraqis! Those are extras in a Hollywood set!” “That was a stature of the Evil bastard Bush!” “Bagdad is quiet and the bodies of dead bastard pigdog americans litter it’s outskirts!” Just ask my girlfriend." “Oh, I forgot.” “She lives in Canada so you can’t ask her!” “But, she is real!” “Here is a picture of her!” “I know it looks like it was cut out of a magazine, but that’s because she’s a model!” “Long Live Saddam!”
Relief that it seems to be wrapping up? Elation that the Iraqis will soon get to decide their own fates?
Yes, the war made some people upset, but it doesn’t mean they are going to be gobsmacked or upset that it had the desired outcome. Or shocked that the Iraqis are thrilled to be out from under that dictator. I suspect most peaceniks had little doubt that the average Iraqi hated Saddam.
Actually it has a lot to do with the wisdom of the war, in my opinion.
Also, I think this justifies the war strategy. Making more or less a beeline for Baghdad, targeting Saddam, etc. They underestimated to an extent how much fear Saddam had put the people under that they felt in necessary to repress their hatred of the man. But going to Baghdad and tearing down that statue, at least symbolically, is huge.
What did I think? Good for them! I doubt there is a single well informed person in this world who doubted this regieme was not evil and cruel to its people.
Now please explain what this has to do with weapons of mass destruction? If I remember correctly that was teh reason to start this war so soon. I don’t remember any resolutions put out there by the coilition calling for the freeing of the citizen’s of Iraq from Saddam’s government.
Maybe you believed the shift in goal but I’m not shifting my oppinion that there was something fundamentally wrong with unilateral action until they produce the weapons in question.
Back to the OP, would it be a General Question to ask: “How many people have been injured in spontaneous statue/monument destruction?” We have at least three or four good modern incidents to draw from now:
The Berlin wall
Unfortunately, I can’t imagine that anyone could generate any sort of reliable statistics given the usually volatile nature of these protests. The doctors are probably not asking “Did you hurt your arm on a piece of a statue, or was it bomb shrapnel?”
You know what I’m thinking? I’m wondering what all you war hawks are gonna be saying in five years when the statue of Gen. Claire Lee Chennault is pulled down by Chinese Communists in Taipei, working outside of the U.N. and citing Bush’s precedent as justification.