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Al-Sadr Anti-American Protest was a Bust

Al-Sadr was hoping for 3,000,000 protesters to come burn American flags and shout "Death to America" in an effort to show how many Iraqis want America to get out of their country. Well, Al-Sadr's hopes were dashed. Even the though the MSM reported as many as tens of thousands of people, in reality, there were only 5,000 - 7,000. Gateway Pundit has the details:

It's refreshing to see the world's finest military win a battle on the media front!


Of all of the 1,800 plus articles published yesterday on the Al Sadr Anti-US-occupation protest in Najaf, Iraq, not one mentioned that the turnout was way below what was expected and hoped for by the media and the pro-Iranian Regime Mahdi Army leader.

Both the Associated Press and New York Times reported that "tens of thousands" attended the protest.

From the pictures that were released by the MSM of the protest it was impossible to tell exactly how many showed up to stomp on and burn the US flag... An aerial shot from Najaf, Iraq yesterday shows a protest of 5,000-7,000 Al-Sadr devotees rather than the 3,000,000 that was hoped for.

This is a serious blow to Al-Sadr's power and influence, and he's got to be smarting from such a PR flop. The Iraqi people don't seem to care what this guy thinks anymore. What a shame.


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Sadr's claim was that 300,0... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Sadr's claim was that 300,000 would come, not 3,000,000. Still a tiny percentage of the estimate showed up, but the 3 mil figure was absurd on its face, and from what I can tell the result of an errant comma in the IBN piece (listed as 3,00,000). Gateway Pundit has some reading problems. Sadr City, where the protesters came from, has a population of no more than 2 mil.

Just sayin...

I actually saw the positive... (Below threshold)
89:

I actually saw the positive in this demonstration (apart from the low turnout, which might have been depressed somewhat by fears of violence): It was a demonstration instead of a firefight. So what if they showed up to step on flags - over in the US they take a dump on those same flags. I'd say these fringe anti-American Iraqis are acting more dignified than our fringe anti-American Americans.

...

Except for those who run around blowing up stuff of course.

Yes, Kim, but what you fail... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Yes, Kim, but what you fail to recognize is that if you multiply 5000 by some random number, you get "Tens of Thousands".

Pro-Jest?... (Below threshold)
89:

Pro-Jest?

re:HeralderIt's not ... (Below threshold)
89:

re:Heralder
It's not an old random number. It's called Skinner's constant.

I prefer Flannagan's Finagl... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

I prefer Flannagan's Finagling Factor.

That would have been a good... (Below threshold)
914:

That would have been a good time and place for a daisycutter!

And if you shoot it at the ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

And if you shoot it at the right angle, it certainly looks like "millions". The art of deception through depth perception.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003659952_iraq10.html

That would have been a good... (Below threshold)
jeff:

That would have been a good time and place for a daisycutter!
Posted by: 914 at April 10, 2007 01:33 PM

Ahhhhhh......can't you just feel the love?

I wonder how many protests,... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I wonder how many protests, of any size, took place during the Hussein presidency? I would be willing to bet it would not be an integer. If there is a civil war going on in Iraq, why did the Sunnis miss such an opportunity to kill a bunch of Shites? What say you, Mantis?

That would have been a g... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

That would have been a good time and place for a daisycutter!

Try a MOAB.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/moab.htm

Don't ya just feel sorry... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Don't ya just feel sorry for the democrat Media's failing perpetual fraud? Their lies and fraud just don't have the same effect as they once enjoyed. Someone give them a hug.

As pictured <a href="http:/... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

As pictured here: President Bush accompanied by 6 million members of the American Legion.

According to some mathemati... (Below threshold)
Chuckg:

According to some mathematicians, 'zero' is an integer, so... *eg*

I'm sorry, let me correct a... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

I'm sorry, let me correct an error, that was Tens of Thousands of American Legion members, not 6 Million.

Obviously, the AP and NYT s... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Obviously, the AP and NYT still practice Million Man Math.

Rob LA Ca,I disagr... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Rob LA Ca,

I disagree. They have become even more absurd in their claims. The reason is that they no longer need to be passable to the conservative side of their audience. They can go further off the deep end without any significant number holding them to account. In a way, Conservative radio, Fox News and the Internet have actually allowed them to become Unbound. Unfortunately that means they've become Unbound from reality. And unfortunately as well, the vast majority of moderates who decide elections still listen to them and don't suspect severe bias in the least.

If there is a civil war ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

If there is a civil war going on in Iraq, why did the Sunnis miss such an opportunity to kill a bunch of Shites? What say you, Mantis?

Dunno. Strategy? Logistics? Najaf is the Shia stronghold. Plus, if the protest was against American occupation, the one thing Sunni and Shia can agree on, an attack may have been misplaced.

In any case I'm not privy to the decisions inside the various Sunni groups in Iraq. Why are you asking me, anyway?

And unfortunately as wel... (Below threshold)
mantis:

And unfortunately as well, the vast majority of moderates who decide elections still listen to them and don't suspect severe bias in the least.

Translation: American moderates are stupid and have no grasp of reality.

Good luck getting their votes with that attitude. It's similar to the "blacks are too dumb to know Democrats are using them" argument. That one's been working real well, right?

If you took the time and lo... (Below threshold)
geobandy:

If you took the time and looked at the actual numbers behind the polls (BOTH polls) that the MSM reported with headlines like "Iraqis losing hope" a few weeks back, the one thing that a majority (majority, not plurality) of both Sunnis and Shiites agreed on was that they do not want US and allied forces to leave.

mantis, go easy on GP's bra... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

mantis, go easy on GP's brain farts. This handsome blogger/trainer/thinker(sic)/cut-out is 250 years old.
http://www2.blogger.com/profile/17121297616038595622

Chuckg, the dictionary stat... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Chuckg, the dictionary states an integer is a whole number. Is zero a whole number or does it indicate an absence of value? Nice try Mantis. Funny those particular problems did not stop a truck bomb explosion earlier in the war. Explain that if you can.

It is interesting that Iraq... (Below threshold)
crazylibs:

It is interesting that Iraqi officals are saying the numbers were in the tens of thousands. Versus Coalition forces who are saying a much smaller number. I notice the "proof" from the air does not show where the crowd seems to end.

We'll see who is right by the was the shia behave in the next couple of months

bryanD,What are yo... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

bryanD,

What are your thoughts on the overblown numbers and the less than sensational turnout?

crazylibs,The coal... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

crazylibs,

The coalition based their counts on aerial photography. What did the Iraqi Officials base thier counts on?

Gathering of Eagles. Rove's... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Gathering of Eagles. Rove's 06 predictions. WMDs in Iraq.

OT: who'd want to demonstrate in the middle of a kill zone?

Nice try Mantis. Funny t... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Nice try Mantis. Funny those particular problems did not stop a truck bomb explosion earlier in the war. Explain that if you can.

Responding to you is like talking with a retarded monkey. That truck bombing in front of the shrine did not take place during an anti-American protest, so how could that "particular problem" stop it? In any case, I said I don't know. So, there was a truck bomb in Najaf before. So what? Do you even have a point? And again, why do you think I can explain every action of the various Sunni groups in Iraq?

The coalition based thei... (Below threshold)
mantis:

The coalition based their counts on aerial photography. What did the Iraqi Officials base thier counts on?

They have those little clickers. ;)

Nice dodge.... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Nice dodge.

Who knows what the real cou... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Who knows what the real count was.?.From the CNN video it looked a helluva alot more than the 5 to 7 thousand, you and the Defense Department gave...But it is all spin..If there were a million in the protest, the Defense department byline would have been a more laudatory 'A Million Iraqis Showcase Democracy on Fourth Anniversary of Fall of Saddam's Regime. No mention on the Defenselink of course that the most prominent chant was predictably 'Death to America'.

"Nice dodge" was to bryanD.... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

"Nice dodge" was to bryanD.

mantis:

Responding to you is like talking with a retarded monkey.

Whereas a conversation with a non-retarded monkey would be gainful and enlightening? :)

At least they can respond t... (Below threshold)
mantis:

At least they can respond to classical conditioning.

"Try a MOAB."Poste... (Below threshold)
914:

"Try a MOAB."

Posted by Peter F. Apr 10 2007 01:39 PM

Yes, but think how offensive that would be to the greater muslim community...being done in by a bomb with Mother in its name?

Steve:No ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Steve:

No mention on the Defenselink of course that the most prominent chant was predictably 'Death to America'.

That's about as new as burning the American flag. It's not even disconcerting anymore.

Touche, mantis.... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Touche, mantis.

"And unfortunately as well,... (Below threshold)
Frank:

"And unfortunately as well, the vast majority of moderates who decide elections still listen to them and don't suspect severe bias in the least."

I guess you're referring to the same majority of moderates who decided the elections that kept the Republicans in the White House for 19 or the last 26 years years. They managed to see through the fog of bias just fine for quite some time. I think it's you who needs to get a grip on reality.

Only someone like you would... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Only someone like you would spend time talking to a retarded monkey. By the way, Mantis is that your field of expertise? The intelligence of monkeys? Once again mantis you show your intellectual immaturity. A gathering of the "enemy" in large numbers persents an opportunity that in civil war cannot be overlooked yet you throw up a straw dog about an anti American protest. Quit it. That truck bomb attack, if memory serves was on the last day of Ramadan where there it was sure to be a target rich environment. You are a fool, shut the fuck up.

Heralder, frankly these kin... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Heralder, frankly these kind of "OOO!OOO!" posts about this or that not meeting "someone's" idea of what this or that should be, are purely for entertainment value. I find them difficult to put much stock in. Of course, in showing the neocon/prowar spin machine cycling from near disaster to faint hope and back, is where the fun is.

As Allawi speaks and descri... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

As Allawi speaks and describes himself as a "senior adviser" to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of:

"monumental ignorance"

"rank amateurism and swaggering arrogance"

"death spiral"

"another 100 years of crisis are being sown"

"will find any excuse to keep American troops there not only to establish security, but to enhance their own relative power."

All this while the lead item on the White House Web site, under the heading "LATEST NEWS," was a photograph of Clifford the Big Red Dog at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.

Stupid foolish Americans full of themselves.

cb f off ass wipe... (Below threshold)
914:

cb

f off ass wipe

civil behavior,Whi... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior,

While I realize your posts are meant to convey some degree of personal alarm about how everything in the world is in shambles because of America...they just make me laugh. I'm not sure why.

Actually I am.

It's called pity.

"crazylibs,The coa... (Below threshold)
crazylibs:

"crazylibs,

The coalition based their counts on aerial photography. What did the Iraqi Officials base thier counts on?"

No idea. I just know that was their estimate.

the Najaf police chief, said there were as many as 600,000 in the march.

The UK guardian is reporting about 300K.

Every major U.S. paper seems to have the number at tens of thousands. newspapers I have read claim the TV footage backs these numbers up.

The U.S millitary is saying about 5-7K. I didn't see any proof in the photograph but they may well be right.

In the coming months whether the Shia are cooperating or not will give a sense of which estimates were probably correct.

If the Shia are not cooperating I think it will be obvious and I don't see how we can stabilize Baghdad without their cooperation.

Only someone like you wo... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Only someone like you would spend time talking to a retarded monkey.

I know, I'm a glutton for punishment. I'll stop now and leave you to your mindless invective.

Good point crazylibs.... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Good point crazylibs.

Its difficult to understand how numbers could range from 600,000 to 5000.

I'm just more inclined to put stock in military surveillance than I am with other unknown estimates (probably conducted at ground level.)

There were more people at t... (Below threshold)
914:

There were more people at the last High school football game I attended!

And I live in a small town.

"I'm just more inclined to ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"I'm just more inclined to put stock in military surveillance than I am with other unknown estimates (probably conducted at ground level.)"

This is interesting and cautionary:

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/baghdad.html

Was there a number attached... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Was there a number attached to that demonstration?

It is pointless to argue wh... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

It is pointless to argue what the actual number was. Early in the occupation the Bush administration underestimated Al-Sadr's power and influence and look what happened. That was a serious mistake.

Just a few weeks ago all we heard was that Al Sadr was on the run and no longer a threat.

Whether it was 7,000 or 70,000 don't underestimate him.

Good one on the profile. I hope I look that good at 250.

Antiwar.com? Isn't that a h... (Below threshold)
89:

Antiwar.com? Isn't that a hate site?

bryanD: re: your l... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

bryanD:

re: your link,

Yesterday's demostration took place in Najaf, not Baghdad. Attempting to compare the two photos is plain silly, unless you know the size of each Square (i.e., is the Najaf square smaller or larger than the Baghadad square?).

The photo lacks context given that the Coalition had literally just liberated Baghdad, and few if any Iraqis were taking to the streets enmasse, but masses of people did show up. (The site attempts to equate and imply that the word "mass" means more than some arbitrary number the author has in his/her head.)

Anyway....just a guess, but I'd put yesterday's "demonstation" at about 30,000. Representing about 15% of Sadr City's estimated 2mil residents/sectarian-cleansing thugs.

this is a little off-topic,... (Below threshold)
Zeldork Ragshit IV:

this is a little off-topic, but the kid inside me (with an A in third grade math) just can't let it lie...

Zeldorf Ragshaft III said:

I wonder how many protests, of any size, took place during the Hussein presidency? I would be willing to bet it would not be an integer.

And then he said:
Chuckg, the dictionary states an integer is a whole number. Is zero a whole number or does it indicate an absence of value?

However, a google search of "integer" turns up this:


n. Mathematics.
1. A member of the set of positive whole numbers {1, 2, 3, . . . }, negative whole numbers {−1, −2, −3, . . . }, and zero {0}.
2. A complete unit or entity.

So Zels, I guess you mean that there was only half a protest during Hussein's rule, right? Or maybe an eighth? Or maybe, you don't know what you're talking about, and when someone calls you on it, you can't admit that you are wrong.

By the way - your cute little name is really really lame.


Anyway....just a guess, ... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

Anyway....just a guess, but I'd put yesterday's "demonstation" at about 30,000. Representing about 15% of Sadr City's estimated 2mil residents/sectarian-cleansing thugs.

Probably a good guess.

The protest is significant in that it demonstrates the Mahdi Army is still a viable fighting force. I suspect a lot of those in the protest are Mahdi Army fighters. Their continued existence guarantees that Moqtada al Sadr will remain a force to be reckoned with in Iraqi politics for some time to come (even if he is currently in Iran).

And notice the overemphasis on the Iraqi flag in the protests rather than images of Sadr himself. Sadr is positioning himself as the only Shiite leader who has opposed the Americans from day one. That will serve him well in a post-occupation Iraq that is free of American forces (which surely can't be more than 5 years away).

Sadr's strategy has been to preserve his fighting force and avoid getting them destroyed by the US military. So far, it's working.


Peter F.,I was res... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Peter F.,

I was responding to Heralder's trust in the military in a political mileu. Big mistake. The military is the fist but also the fingers. Ever hear of psy-ops?

As the world remembers, the toppling of Sadaam's statue was reported as an Iraqi initiative. For about a week, until the mech driver let it slip that the Army started and finished the task. Since everyone thought Saddaam would return, it makes perfect sense now. I also remember it being compared to the Berlin Wall falling, with all its Popular allusions. In fact, some faces in the crowd were Coalition agents. Basically, a soft version of agents provocateurs the army and FBI would plant in antiwar rallys in the 60s.

As for the current event, don't know. But the plaints that AlSadr can't get it up, leave me unconvinced.

Fair enough, I'll yeild tha... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Fair enough, I'll yeild that given the prodigious span of possible numbers, no one is correct.

Pretty sad that when we have so much coverage of an event that one person says 600,000 and another says 5000.

The protest is significa... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

The protest is significant in that it demonstrates the Mahdi Army is still a viable fighting force.

True enough, but according to in-country and military reports, many members of the Mahdi Army fled after the announcement of the Baghdad Security plan and split from the MA, seeking to reconcile with the Iraqi government. Also, the more extremist portions of the MA established themselves in Diwaniyah, where Iraqi Army and Coalition forces are currently in hot pursuit.

And notice the overemphasis on the Iraqi flag in the protests rather than images of Sadr himself.

A good observation. The previous MA "flag" was an Iraqi flag ripped in half. Quite symbolic for what the MA is attempting to do in Iraq, wouldn't you agree?

That will serve him well in a post-occupation Iraq that is free of American forces (which surely can't be more than 5 years away).

Ain't gonna happen. If he steps foot back in Iraq, he'll meet a Zarqawi-esque like fate.

Sadr's strategy has been to preserve his fighting force and avoid getting them destroyed by the US military. So far, it's working.

No, actually it's not. The Diwaniyah operation began on April 6 and, on top of the aforementioned MA split, the MA is already seeing its members taken prisoner and/or killed in fighting--hence why the good guys (that would be us) have also seen more casualties in recent days.

Sadr even said to his army on April 8, "And here we can see in ... (Diwaniya), a civil strife the occupier planned, to drag the brothers into clashing, fighting and even killing," In other words, run or you'll get killed.

Last related thought: You don't hold a rally ( "demonstration") to declare you're winning; you do it to incite hatred for America and to recruit members. (That's some pretty sophistcated thinking for a non-military man like Sadr. I wonder where he got that from? Could it be...nah...Iranian intel? Nah, couldn't be.)

The MA is a significant threat all right. Which is why I was dead serious about my MOAB statement previously.

I was responding to Hera... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I was responding to Heralder's trust in the military in a political mileu.

I'm aware of what you were responding to, braynD. But your link has really zero to do with the military's ability to count people more accurately with more sophisticated techniques than the Iraqi government.

In fact, some faces in the crowd were Coalition agents.

And you have proof of this...

Seriously, the last two paragraphs of your post made me laugh! That's some crazzzzzzy stuff you got going on in your head. lol

Zelsdork, Why don't you tel... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Zelsdork, Why don't you tell that to my dad, Zelsdorf Ragshaft Jr. Lame is as lame does, and for you to criticize my name is lame. F*** Off jerk.

In fact, some faces ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:


In fact, some faces in the crowd were Coalition agents.

And you have proof of this..." Peter F

This is somewhat convincing:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2842.htm

But as far as the technique of infiltration and using cut-outs, that's SOP. Remember Oswald passing out leaflets for the Free Cuba Committee while working for NIS and in contact with the FBI? Or the book "I Was a Communist For the FBI"? It was before my time, too, but you shouldn't be a Pollyanna. Hell the ATF had a plant with the Branch Davidians, and the FBI with McVeigh at Elohim City. I hope you're still able to function :)

bryanD:Seek help.<... (Below threshold)
Pe:

bryanD:

Seek help.

Are you five?... (Below threshold)
Zelsdork:

Are you five?

No, actually it's not. T... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

No, actually it's not. The Diwaniyah operation began on April 6 and, on top of the aforementioned MA split, the MA is already seeing its members taken prisoner and/or killed in fighting--hence why the good guys (that would be us) have also seen more casualties in recent days.

Diwaniyah is only significant if you know the true size of the Mahdi Army. Estimates range from 5,000 to 50,000. Based on the protests I'd say there's probably at least 10,000. Sadr lost an estimated 2,000 fighters in the 2004 uprising but that didn't slow him down. The Shiite slums of Iraq have an infinite supply of young men who are willing to fight the Americans and kill Sunnis. (Just take a look at the population growth statistics on Iraq if you need proof).

Let's not kid ourselves. What we're doing in Iraq right now is trying to buy some time and breathing room for the Iraqi government to get its act together. The idea that we are going to wipe out the Mahdi Army with these sorts of small scale operations seems pretty far fetched to me. I wish it could be that easy.

The idea that we are goi... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

The idea that we are going to wipe out the Mahdi Army with these sorts of small scale operations seems pretty far fetched to me.

Whoever said that was the idea? Reducing and disrupting their limited capabilities as a pseudo military force is certainly a big part of the idea (to negate their influence over the people) But the main idea is in your sentence just before:

What we're doing in Iraq right now is trying to buy some time and breathing room for the Iraqi government to get its act together.

That's the idea.

The size of the MA is not nearly as important as the personnel that make it up. Who are they? We hear the word "army" and think "oh, these guys must be the cream of Sadr's crop." And true, many of them are. But again, in the military reports I've read, many, many of them are young teen boys, older men, some even bordering on being senior citizen age. Most are ill-trained, ill-equipped and can't hit the broad side of a barn. What they can do is strap on a bomb belt with the best of them. That's where the fight is; kill the leaders and kill the desire to follow the leaders.

Finally, no one said any of this was going to be easy. Those who've bemoaned and harkened back to all the positive spin put out by the Administration ("the insurgency is its last throes", etc.) fail to account for one very important thing: leaders aren't there to give us bad news and be doomsayers in war, they're purpose is to inpsire, motivate and keep morale up. How many times can a president say the words "tough" and "hard"! lol. Even I think it's a bit much. But that's his job, regardless of political affiliation.

If the "surge" (aka: Baghdad Security Plan) doesn't show signs of improving conditions and stabilizing and things detorirate, then yeah, maybe we do pullback. But if it works, like it's doing now, then I say we stay until the Iraqi government asks us to leave.

Reminds me of the antique M... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Reminds me of the antique MSM's way of counting protestors. Put a half dozen signs in a march in support of something and tell the world (use the half dozen signs as proof) that everyone was protesting against it. It's been done before, especially in Bagdad. Can't get the signs in, a little photoshop works wonders. The left wing will go to any lengths to 'lose' a war and get hundreds of Americans killed in the process. Need proof. Look at the American soldiers deaths due to Peeeeloshi's traitorous trip.

Any of you boneheads check ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Any of you boneheads check this out? Can't you righties go one day without having to spin the truth?

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/04/10/najaf-protests/#comments

Barney:"Tens of th... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Barney:

"Tens of thousands", not the hundreds of thousands Moqtada al Sadr was hoping for. I think 5000-7000 is lowballed and the number is more likely in the neighborhood of 30,000-40,000.

Even still, that's well short of the numbers Sadr wanted and is hardly representative of Sadr City's and Najaf general populace which, even if you combined them is roughly 2.5 million. Heck, it's highly unlikely many of the Mahdi army made the trek from Sadr City to Najaf. So let's just say they call came from Najaf, the crowd only represents about 6-8% of the population.

Big whoop. 6-8%. A fraction of a faction who hate America. Anti-war/anti-American liberals can turn those same numbers out, too. And both have about as much staying power and influence as a fart in the wind.

I heard that the turnout wa... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I heard that the turnout was lousy cuz they forgot to serve the pulled-pork sandwiches....

Dear Kim, I would like to c... (Below threshold)
cat:

Dear Kim, I would like to congratulate Gateway Pundit on his wonderful reporting, but unfortunately I am behind a firewall that does not allow free access to blogspot. I can read his post easily via a proxy, but alas the proxy will not allow me to add comments.

Gateway Pundit certainly deserves all the praise he can get, so would you be willing to pass on this letter of thanks to him:


Dear Mr Gateway,

I congratulate you on your marvelous piece of satire. You have certainly fooled those simple-minded liberals.

I admire the courage you displayed by pretending not to recognize the most famous "square" in Iraq. (I think everyone would agree that Fardus Square is rather more round than rectangular.) Unlike you, of course, liberals had already forgotten the splendid Saddam Statue Photo-op:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2838.htm

I remember well the principled stand you took back in April 2003 when you campaigned against the shameless way the media distorted that event.

Returning to your current essay, I greatly enjoyed your sly sense of humor in pretending to link to an article that says how many protesters that scoundrel al-Sadr wanted, when in fact it doesn't say anything about how many people he wanted at all.

And I must say it was most cunningly clever to test the liberals' weak powers of observation by quoting a figure of 3,000,000, when in fact the article says 300,000. You were counting on the fact that liberals wouldn't bother to look at which country (India) the report came from. And you perceptively knew that most liberals are so unobservant they wouldn't notice the strange omission of the third zero between the first and second comma. Moreover, you understood that liberals are so ignorant of any culture outside their own that they don't know Indians count large numbers in lakh and crore, one lakh being 100,000 - hence 3,00,000.

Having thoroughly confused those uneducated fools, you then delivered the coup-de-grace by providing no evidence whatsoever to back up the military's entertainingly low number. And thus, my mirth was complete.

Well done!

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