Saturday, April 09, 2005

This just in...

In a clear condemnation of Pres. Bush's failed policies in Iraq, a large crowd of protestors marked the anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to coalition forces by voicing their concerns openly in public, even to the point of directly questioning the policies of the governing authorities.

No tanks crushed anyone. No Republican Guard forces executed anyone. No shots were fired by military forces. No one was killed or assaulted by jack-booted thugs. No arrests were made. Protesters' families were not rounded up, their houses searched, and property confiscated because of their statements. Apparently the only deaths resulted from attacks by other "Iraqis" by those who would like to see such open displays of opinion and activism curtailed (that would be the "insurgents.")

The oppressive occupying usurpers (US military forces) watched from a distance. Well-trained and equipped (by the US) Iraqi police forces searched arriving protestors for weapons, and then let them go on their way.

They were protesting. Openly. Against authority. They had grievances. They shared them. They acted out in emotional, yet non-destructive ways. They did so feeling safe from retribution.

Where I come from, we call that, "Freedom."