posted on Mar, 4 2003 @ 07:45 AM
"Could I have the microphone for one minute to tell the people about my life?" asked the Iraqi grandmother.
I spent part of last Saturday with the so-called "anti-war" marchers in London in the company of some Iraqi friends. Our aim had been to persuade
the organisers to let at least one Iraqi voice be heard. Soon, however, it became clear that the organisers were as anxious to stifle the voice of the
Iraqis in exile as was Saddam Hussain in Iraq.
The Iraqis had come with placards reading "Freedom for Iraq" and "American rule, a hundred thousand times better than Takriti tyranny!"
But the tough guys who supervised the march would have none of that. Only official placards, manufactured in thousands and distributed among the
"spontaneous" marchers, were allowed. These read "Bush and Blair, baby-killers," " Not in my name," "Freedom for Palestine" and "Indict Bush
Not one placard demanded that Saddam should disarm to avoid war. The goons also confiscated photographs showing the tragedy of Halabja, the Kurdish
town where Saddam's forces gassed 5,000 people to death in 1988.
The reverend was not pleased.
"Today is not about Saddam Hussain," he snapped. "Today is about Bush and Blair and the massacre they plan in Iraq." Salima had to beat a retreat,
with all of us following, as the reverend's gorillas closed in to protect his holiness.
Thanks to His Holiness and His non-biased point of view.
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