Their own security forces.
-All treasured hallmarks of life in a democratic society.
According to this Associated Press article, hundreds of thousands of Shiites poured into the streets of Baghdad on Friday for a non-violent demonstration in support of Hezbollah.
They came from all over southern Iraq for the occasion, which was complete with flag and effigy-burnings, flag-stompings, people dressed in burial shrouds in case of martyrdom, and the usual rhetoric.
Participants openly exercised their right of freedom of speech by chanting, “Death to Israel” and “Death to America”.
It is said to be the largest show of support for Hezbollah in the region since the current war between Israel and Hezbollah began on July 12, and it was made possible by the new era of freedom that has taken root in this newly-liberated country.
I doubt that the Shiite demonstrators feared retaliation or interference from their mortal rivals, the Sunnis, since the only things that Iraqi Moslem sects probably hate more than each other are Israel and the U.S.
Thus, a unified country appears feasible at last. It is enough to bring a tear to the eye.
Just to review, the Shiites are the ones who were repressed under the regime of Saddam Hussein, the ones who were to greet the coalition troops as “liberators”.
I guess they didn’t receive the script in time.
But now they are making up for it by showing their gratitude in the form of adopting the democratic principles of their conquerors!
If I were President Bush (perish the thought!) I’d feel proud and vindicated, since this is truly proof that my mission (to bring democracy to Iraq) has been accomplished.
And clearly, I’d immediately move to bring the troops home and close this chapter of my Presidential history, for it’s obvious that Iraqis have fully grasped the concept of democracy.
Bringing them any more of it would merely be redundant.