Join now with Not Counting Niggers as we, in this Special Commemorative Post; re-live the thrills, the highs, the majesty, the mystery; of the first three weeks of Free Iraq.
"I lost 10 of my family. I once lived in that house with six other relatives, now I am alone. ... The coalition has got what it wanted, it has liberated the country. But as far as I am concerned, my loss is too great to accept."
"Yes to freedom, yes to Islam, no to America, no to Saddam."
"Iraqis must rule Iraq. We don't need either an American general or a U.N. bureaucrat in charge."
"They say they came here to liberate us. We have paid a heavy price for the removal of Saddam Hussein, so the Americans should go now."
"We would love to have Saddam Hussein back. He's the only one who can control these mobs. Tell that to the Americans."
"I am very sad for my country. Very sad for Baghdad. To see the Americans inside it is very difficult for me. Because they invaded my country."
"We will never allow them to stay."
"What kind of humanitarianism Americans talk about, to shoot a person like that?"
"We must be united and support each other against the Anglo-American invasion. We must try to put an end to this aggression. This is not only my opinion. This is the opinion of all the people in Mosul."
"Leave our country, we want peace."
"This is not the America we know, which respects international law, respects the right of people."
"If this is freedom, I don't want it."
"They are killing us and no one's talking about it. We want Saddam back. At least there was security."
"Saddam was a butcher, and now this. This is a residential area. Why are the Americans blowing up weapons near us?"
"They are lying. They're ready to shoot for any reason. They're criminals. Saddam Hussein is gone but I think he's better than the U.S.."
"I refuse to help the Americans. They bombed our country. Why? Why?"
"American troops want to appoint their own administration and not listen to the opinion of the people in the street. The people they have appointed so far were in the Ba'ath party and the previous regime. People mistrust them. They will not cooperate with anything the troops do."
"It was disgusting. Despite that, none of our young men has pointed a weapon against America...but next time, God alone knows what popular anger could lead to?"
"Go home, America."
"Our arrest by the Americans was worse than the arrests that Saddam ordered against our students."
"We can't go where we want, move freely where we want. I have been searched and questioned as if I were the foreigner here. They are not educated people, they are stupid people. They are treating us badly."
"The Americans are occupying us now. This is a fact."
"We suffered under Saddam, we don't want to suffer under the Americans too."
"I thought the Americans said they wanted a democracy in Iraq. If it is a democracy, why are they allowed to make the rules?"
"We are running out of patience with the Americans here."
"You are the masters today, but I warn you against thinking of staying. Get out before we force you out."
"We want all the Marines to leave this place now, and also all of the press cars, or we will destroy them."
"They did the destroying, why can't they repair them?"
"He is my only son. Will I ever see him again? Why did they take him away from me?"
"No good Bush!"
"Of course we miss Saddam Hussein now. ... The Americans are only here to occupy us and drive us into ruin."
"They said they are coming here to liberate us from the regime of Saddam Hussein. But it should not be in such a way."
"This is cruelty. The rate is not even enough to pay for the lift into work. A packet of decent cigarettes costs more than a day's pay. A packet of nappies is one month! Is this fair? Even under Saddam, it was better than this."
"They can watch us through their binoculars when we're walking down the street. I don't like having them here."
"Sooner or later, U.S. killers, we'll kick you out."
"I hate Americans. I want revenge. I will wait, I will join a group, and, one day, I will kill Americans."
"We demand compensation from the Americans, but we also demand our town back. Even in Israel they do not shoot children in such numbers when they throw stones in a demonstration."
"It has never been this bad before. It just seems to get worse every day. I used to have hope, but I can no longer believe we will be saved. No one cares for us. I have four people at home and my husband was killed during fighting in Basra. I have no money and I no longer know what to do. I want to survive, but it just keeps getting harder."
"Islam, Islam, Islam, death to the Americans."
"This area never had any looting. Everyone here knows everyone else and we live very quietly, so why are the Americans here? We don't need them."
"To America and its allies we say: where are your honeysweet promises? Now is the time to fulfil them."
"They are sick. They are deeply, deeply sick. Tell the Americans we don't believe in this freedom."
"What do I think of the Americans? Look at where my foot used to be, look at my dead brother and the rest of my family, with which I do not know what to do. I have a wife and seven children who were all right, and now? That is what I think."
"We miss having safety, security and jobs. The Americans have made many promises, but they have broken them. We wish Saddam were still in power."
Posted by Eddie Tews at May 1, 2003 10:57 PM