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Protests in Iraq

The New York Times is reporting on a series of protests around Iraq.  They are not calling for regime change, as we already took care of that for them, but rather are demonstrating their frustration over issues ranging from poor provision of government services to unemployment to the performance of regional governors.

“I am happy to see the Iraqis are able to protest after this was one of our dreams,” [Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri] al-Maliki said, referring to the fact that Saddam Hussein did not brook dissent. “But the protesters should not set fire to a building. We should express our demands in a civilized manner.” He also acknowledged that Iraqis had a right to be upset with such problems as sporadic electricity, but he blamed these problems on Mr. Hussein’s regime and said Iraq still needs time to recover from his rule and the war.

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