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Baghdad celebration as insignificant as US antiwar protests?(3 posts)

Baghdad celebration as insignificant as US antiwar protests?Continental
Apr 10, 2003 7:32 AM
Less than 1% of the US population is out protesting against the war, while the majority of the population considers them a bunch of ignorant buffoons. Do the celebrations in Bhagdad have any more significance than the antiwar protests in the US? I'd be really impressed if the tribal leaders stood hand in hand and led a million Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds in a chorus of "We Shall Overcome." I don't think that a few people smashing statues and looting is a harbinger of peace and prosperity in Iraq. I have supported this war from the beginning and I'm happy that there is an opportunity for liberty and a better life in Iraq, but I think that the US media and several politicians are irrationally exuburant. The real challenge lies ahead in the next 10-20 years.
Depends on the original POV...TJeanloz
Apr 10, 2003 7:43 AM
The significance of the celebration and protests has quite a bit to do with the original set of views held by the people observing. The protests in America served to show the world that ALL Americans didn't approve of the war, and were eager to voice their displeasure. After an initially chilly reception in Iraq, there were a lot of people wondering whether or not any Iraqis were really all that pleased to be "free" -- again, the eventual celebration shows that at least a contingency is happy with the new situation, and is not wholly and unconditionally opposed to US interdiction.

But as most were quick to point out, knocking down a statue is a long way from where Iraq needs to be in terms of democracy and freedom.
It is a good startAlpedhuez55
Apr 10, 2003 7:59 AM
I think it is a first step of many for Iraq. Remember if these protesters did this a few days earlier, they would most likely would have been shot or tortured. I am sure more people will celebrate as time goes on and they realize they can demonstrate without fearing for their lives. Look at it like the fall of the Berlin Wall. East Germany is still trying to catch up with the west there, but they are much better off.

It will probably take weeks if not months to restore order to Iraq, but judging from the south, people want order restored. Some religious & Tribal figures are starting to come out in support of the US. I am sure more will follow. It has only been 1 day since the "Fall" and there is still fighting going on.

It will probably take at least several months to hold a democratic election. I think they will see improvements start within a few months though. I think within a few years, we will start to see benefits of more Stability in the region if things go OK in Iraq.

Yesterday was nice to see, but there is still a way to go. The worst part of it is almost over though. I think there is reason to be somewhat optimistic though.

Mike Y.