The televised scenes of people in Baghdad and elsewhere celebrating their freedom belie any early commentary that Iraqis were ambivalent or opposed to the coalition's liberation of their country, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said on April 11 [,2003].
"The images of thousands of cheering Iraqis, celebrating and embracing coalition forces, are being broadcast throughout the world, including the Arab world," Rumsfeld said in an opening statement. "Possibly for the first time, Arab people are seeing the people of Iraq waving American flags and thanking the men and women in uniform for risking their lives to free them from tyranny. I think it's important that that message be seen, for America is a friend of Arab people."
-- Defense Department briefing, April 11, 2003
Civic Pride in Iraq's Capital
The CPA, responding to a Baghdad City Council request, is allocating $10 million to brighten the city's public parks, squares and playgrounds. The funding will provide lighting in the capital's outdoor public places, new murals, sculptures, and landscaping. Revitalization of Baghdad's public areas shows civic pride and is another example of the Iraqis' faith in their future.
-- Iraqi Fact of the Day, March 30, 2004
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