Many took to the streets and overcame obstacles to march in Baghdad's Liberation Square.
This included the women of Iraq. And those aren't photos of Justin Beiber or some pop star they're holding up.
Those are photos of their loved ones -- of fathers, sons and husbands who have been disappeared into Iraq's many public and secret prisons where they have no contact with their families, where they're held without charge, where a trial may arrive some day, where families are torn apart and don't even know if their loved one is still alive.
In fairness to Nouri al-Maliki, prime minister and puppet of the occupation, we should note that he denies any secret prisons exist in Iraq. And when they're exposed, he goes right back to denying them, over and over.
The US press ignored Friday's protests (images from the Baghdad protest and the videos they're from can be found on The Great Iraqi Revolution Facebook page). And, of course, they would. Look at the pain on that woman's face in the image above. Look at the hurt and desperation so visible. Not to turn away from it might mean the US press would have to take accountability for it because they are the ones who sold the illegal war and they are the ones who allow to continue with their half-truths and their evasions. They're the reason a crook like Nouri al-Maliki -- who has already salted millions of Iraqi dinars -- can retain the post of prime minister. Their silence allows it to happen. Nouri's attack on journalists who try to cover the protests (and attacks took place on Friday as usual) is only a surprise if you've expected the US press to ever tell you what was going on in Iraq. Since April 2006, Nouri has conducted a war against the press. The New York Times knows it. When one of Nouri's forces thought it was 'funny' to aim a gun at one of their reporters and pull the trigger (the chamber was empty), the paper quickly got the reporter out of the country. There's another paper that's done the same due to threats but no one's supposed to be talking about the February extraction. But the US papers and US news channels always knew the truth about Nouri.
But Nouri was a fix-it, a band-aid, he'd allow the US to get out quickly! (Five years after he first became prime minister and the US still isn't out but keep kidding yourself that you're a 'realpolitik' type.) He'd rule with an iron hand, yes, but he'd do the US' bidding. Why, he'd be just like Saddam Hussein! But without Hussein's lengthy rap sheet! It was a fresh start -- a despot with a fresh start!
Of course the US press doesn't want to cover Iraq. Saddam Hussein was killed and supposedly in the name of liberation and freedom. But all the US did was install another thug. Another despot who fears the people. Fears the people of Iraq.
Again, yesterday Al Mada reported that Babacar Zebari, the Iraqi Army's Chief of Staff, has declared that Iraq is ready to face any emergency internally. What he's saying is they can handle the Iraqi people, should the Iraqi people rebel against the puppet government or attempt to overthrow it, the Iraqi Army can handle it.
What brave strong forces they are. Equipped with tanks and missiles and assorted other US military hardware as well as the US military and now they can take on their own people. What a proud moment for despots around the globe, what a proud moment for those who see human rights atrocities as "real politik."
What a sad, sad moment for humanity.
No wonder the US press can't report on Iraq these days. The guilt must just consume them. The knowledge that they were complicit in what will be the enslavement of a people under Nouri must be more than can face.
They're just there to try and make the people free,
But the way that they're doing it, it don't seem like that to me.
Just more blood-letting and misery and tears
That this poor country's known for the last twenty years,
And the war drags on.
-- words and lyrics by Mick Softly (available on Donovan's Fairytale)
Last Sunday, the number of US military people killed in the Iraq War since the start of the illegal war was 4441. Tonight? PDF format warning, DoD still lists the the number of Americans killed serving in Iraq at 4441.
Reuters notes a Mosul home invasion in which 6 women and 1 man were killed, a Baghdad sticky bombing claimed 1 life and left two people injured, a second Baghdad sticky bombing left four people injured, a Baghdad roadside bombing injured on eperson, a second Baghdad roadside bombing injured nine people, and, dropping back to Saturday for the last three, a police officer was shot dead outside his Ramadi home, 1 man was shot dead in Mosul and two corpses were discovered outside Mosul.
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and the war drags on