posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 09:21 AM
The official view of the US military on resistance in Iraq has consistently suggested that resistance is being carried out by Baath party and Saddam
loyalists, and also by Al-Qaeda insurgents led by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. Officials seem to express that these attacks are only the opinion of the
minority and not of the majority. However in light of the horrific events in Fallujah, it seems that once again we are being misled as to who is
actually encouraging the resistance. There has been and continue to be many anti-American protests coming from the general Iraqi population. Could
it be that once again we are being misled and blame to Al-Qaeda is just another excuse to continue occupation in a country whose people (majority not
the minority as they would like us believe) is opposed to us being there??? This is just one article, all you need to do is look at the daily news
out of Iraq and the number of attacks on our soldiers and foreign civilians to see the true picture.
Violence indicates extent of
Even in other regions of the country (beside Fallujah), Iraqis seem to have a deep well of sympathy for those who kill Americans. The attackers are
called mujahideen, or holy warriors, and considered freedom fighters.
"These are despicable people. They're a small minority of the Iraqi people," military spokesman Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said yesterday.
"And I suspect that most Iraqi people were as horrified with what they saw yesterday because they realized that that is painting the entire country
of Iraq with a very wide brush."
But in Baghdad on Wednesday after the violence in Fallujah, tens of thousands of supporters of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated outside the
occupation's headquarters, burning a US flag and pointing at the soldiers on the perimeter, chanting, "You're next."
Abu Ali, a soda vendor who did not leave his perch outside the Green Zone gate during Wednesday's protest, said yesterday that the resistance in
Fallujah had provided a compass for occupied Iraq. The most recent violence, he said, would inspire Iraqis nationwide.
"They are brave. We should do the same," Abu Ali said. "It is OK as long as it is Iraqis fighting for their country."
[Edited on 4-2-2004 by worldwatcher]