Friday | April 18, 2003
Massive protests against US
The US has occupied Iraq all of 37 minutes, and already is facing mass protests.
In the first Friday prayers since U.S. tanks drove to the heart of Baghdad last week, a Muslim preacher said the United States had invaded to defend Israel and denied Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, a key justification Washington offered for the war.What is worrisome to me is not the protests against the US -- this was to be expected. It's the way the US invasion and nacent occupation is strenghtening the hand of Islamists. Say what you will about Saddam, but he kept the hard-core fundamentalists under control (the reason Hussein and Osama Bin Laden hated each other). They have now been let loose, and it does not portend good things, either for the US occupation or for the region's future. Posted April 18, 2003 07:04 AM | Comments (89)