posted on Apr, 10 2003 @ 05:29 PM
Um. If you were an Iraqi civilian would you run out into the city centre square as soon as the US tanks arrive?
Wouldn't you wait to see if it was safe first?
Maybe that's why the crowd wasn't as big as some of you seem to expect. The fighting in Baghdad was still going on. Did you expect the masses to hit
So it was a crowd made up almost exclusively of males. Wouldn't they be the first group of people to come out onto the streets? Did you expect to see
a mixed crowd with women and kids? In a warzone?
I watched the whole statue incident as it unfolded. It wasn't a case of US troops pulling up and taking the statue down. The Iraqis started attacking
the statue 3 hours before. It took them over an hour before they even managed to get a rope around it's neck. Even I could see that it was an
amateurish job. The rope was never going to be strong enough to pull the statue down. It wasn't even long enough for a start.
After the first hour the base was attacked with a sledgehammer. It made a dent in the base but, again, was never going to bring the statue down.
It seems only natural to me that the Iraqis should approach the US troops to help them in bringing the statue down.
Staged? Well, from seeing just how many atatues have been bought down, it seems like me that this is the first way that the Iraqi people can get
revenge on Saddam.
As for this particular statue? I'm pretty sure that if it was a staged event, they would have done a much better job of demolishing it and they
wouldn't have hung the Stars and Stripes or the Iraqi flag on it. The flags were clearly an impulsive move. When you stage something it's normally
planned. Nothing that the US has done in this war so far has been as poorly planned as the pulling down of a simple statue.
Look for your conspiracies elsewhere. There isn't one here.