Bush Effigy Burned In Irony
Ah, for the days when conservatives boasted of Baghdad avenues named after the glorious George W. Bush. This is the scene in the Iraqi capitol today, in protest of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, as recorded by the AP’s Hamza Hendawi:
Followers of a Shiite cleric on Friday stomped on and burned an effigy of in the same central Baghdad square where Iraqis beat a toppled statue of with their sandals five years earlier.
Chanting and , thousands of ‘s followers filled Firdous Square to protest a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact that would allow American troops to stay for three more years. The Bush effigy was placed on the same pedestal where U.S. Marines toppled the ousted dictator’s statue in one of the iconic images of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
That’s got to hurt. The place where Saddam’s statue was! Bush will go to his grave never quite understanding how a people ravaged by his military occupation and his, uh, nuanced views about torture would ever treat him so shabbily.
Far be it for me to stop a good irony-infused effigy-burning by remarking that the Status of Forces Agreement actually ends the occupation. Until then, I’m happy to have an incoming president who won’t, like, be burned in effigy. At least not for awhile.