Iraqis would like to erect a monument to honor President Bush 'cos he is the symbol of freedom

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Ali Fadel would like to erect a monument to honor President Bush in the middle of the city. "We will build a statue for Bush," said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. "He is the symbol of freedom."

PRO-U.S. MAYOR HAS TARGET ON HIS BACK

By JOSH WILLIAMS

BAGHDAD — The man replacing the mayor of Baghdad — who was assassinated for his pro-American loyalties — says he is not worried about his ties to Washington.

In fact, he'd like to erect a monument to honor President Bush in the middle of the city.

"We will build a statue for Bush," said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. "He is the symbol of freedom."

Fadel's predecessor, Ali al-Haidari, was gunned down Jan. 4 when militants opened fire on his armor-covered BMW as it traveled with a three-car convoy.

Fadel said he received numerous threats on his life as the council chairman, and expects to get many more in his new post.

"My life is cheap," Fadel said. "Everything is cheap for my country."

As Iraq prepared for a volatile election that is being watched across the world, Fadel heaped praise on the United States.

Fadel acknowledged that many in his country appear ungrateful for America's foreign assistance. He said most Iraqis are still in "shock" over the changes, and need time to adjust.

Any public monument to Bush is likely to further incense terrorist forces, who have attacked American troops and their supporters for months.


Fadel said he is undaunted.

"We have a lot of work and we are especially grateful to the soldiers of the U.S.A. for freeing our country of tyranny," Fadel said.

As for his own protection, the new mayor will be traveling in a new $150,000 SUV complete with bulletproof windows and flat-resistant tires.

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the new iraqi slave

. 01.Feb.2005 03:16

Iraqi uncle-tom was delusional about USA's intentions for a "free" Iraq.
Now the Iraqi uncle-tom wants to worship the slave master by errecting a statue
of the master!

Wonder how USA would react if another nation claimed Bush to be a tyrant (not that
he is'nt), then attacked and destroyed major cities in USA, plus completely
dis-armed the USA and then decided to have a "free" election "directed" by
the invading nation.

The master never likes to be a slave!

You Obviously Haven't Been There!

LTC DA. Freiberg, USAR 02.Feb.2005 01:41

Mahmoudiyah, Iraq in the
Mahmoudiyah, Iraq in the "SUNNI TRIANGLE"

Ar Rashid, Iraq in the
Ar Rashid, Iraq in the "SUNNI TRIANGLE"

Sorry dudes, you haven't been there. I was. (Iraq July 2003-Feb 2004). Deal with it. I can't count the number of Iraqis who thanked me profusely, and sorry again, but they really did mean it. And let's not get this confused with "gee, you must have spent all your time in the Kurdish areas or in the Shi'ite south". Nope, I spent SIX months in "Sunni Triangle" Ramadi, survived innumerable mortar attacks, a rocket attack, a grenade attack and had the windows of my office blown out around me by a car bomb which killed a soldier while a fellow soldier 2 feet away from me wound up with 30+ stitches from flying glass. THOSE were done by terrorists. Every day, ordinary Iraqis came to our gates with Saddam's ammunition to hand over to us (nobody made them do it!!!), or with information about where ammunition was hidden. EVERY DAY. I read the daily reports so I know. I had to put up with the thunderous detonations as the disposal teams blew the turned-in and discovered ammo up, one day it simply was a string of 40 or so detonations every few minutes. I helped set up the Al-Anbar Police Academy in Ramadi and all over the province, men lined up to sign up for the police force. And the new Iraqi Army. Yes, some are covert terrorists, and some would make the Keystone Kops proud. Arab countries don't have a good tradition of police work. Many of my friends (cops in civilian life) were Academy instructors and their stories about struggling to teach proper police procedure to the Iraqis are hilarious. But that's part of the story. The other part is, the Iraqis are listening. They are learning. And they did themselves proud on Sunday. They came out to vote and danced in the streets. How many of you hypocrites would have come out to vote in November if terrorists were threatening to blow YOU up??