Turnout is Key

This is funny. In an attempt to downplay anti-occupation protests throughout Iraq yesterday, conservative bloggers have been cherry-picking news about the protests to describe the turnout as “underwhelming” and “weak” while using this photo as proof that the demonstrations fell far short of their 3,000,000 person goal (via ThinkProgress):




To put this protest in perspective, however, let’s look at the same location four years and two days ago when the statue of Saddam Hussein was brought down :



President Bush once said of this photo-op :

“The toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad will be recorded, alongside the fall of the Berlin Wall, as one of the great moments in the history of liberty.”

That’s odd. From the photo it seems a little underwhelming to me.

3 thoughts on “Turnout is Key

  1. The good Iraqis are all apathetic consumers, so they stayed home or went to the mall in the older picture. Same with the new picture, of course. I guess they also stay home when there are calls to vote, express an opinion, participate in censuses, join the Iraqi police force or army, etc.

  2. I don’t doubt for a minute that those photos are true. However, what a picture fails to communicate is the political culture, and the fear factor in regards to the number of people at those rallies. So, lets think about this for a second…

    1) An anti-occupation rally. Or, an anti-USA rally. Now, what motivation does a terrorist have, or insurgents have to bomb or disturb such a rally. Ummmmm…none. As a matter of fact…they love it. So, does the average Iraq have any fear what so ever about attending such a rally for fear of dying? None.

    2) The second picture…pulling down the statue of Saddam. This was days after the US occupied Iraq. Saddam’s military was still very much alive, and hiding. What were the chances of getting killed at such a demonstration? If not then, but later in secret. I’d say…very very high. So, yeah…that’s very motivating for people to come out in the millions? They were all still freakin hiding in their homes for fear of being shot.

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