Bush said about the pockets of resistence in Iraq, "There are some that feel like if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. There are some who feel like the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: "Bring 'em on."(8 ).
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During the "mission accomplished " phase. Thousands of Iraqi exiles poured across the border to fight the occupying forces spokesman for the Iraq consular office in Amman Jawad al-Ali said. "They all said they wanted to take part in the fight against the Americans," (9 ).
In response to lawlessness the Iraqi people held the anti US protest in Iraq. 100 protesters carried a banner that said "Bush=Saddam," and chanted "United States, you will regret it if you don't keep this promise," and "We will sacrifice our souls and our blood for Iraq!"(10 ).
Hundreds of thousand of Iraqi Shiites met at the holy city of Karbala for a Pilgrimage that was banned under Saddam Hussein. During this meeting 3,000 Muslims shouted anti America slogans. This was in response to the lack of restoring basic services that had been damaged during the war (11 ).
Supporters of an anti U.S. Shiite Muslim held demonstrations in four Iraq cites. A gun battle ensued and at least 20 people including two coalition soldiers an American and a Salvadoran, were killied(12 ).
In Fallujah Iraq protesters marched to protest a shooting that had happened less than 48 hours before the demonstration. This demonstration too erupted in gun fire as coalition forces opened fire on protesters at least one person was killed and sixteen were wounded (13 ).
An extremely hot button issue for the people in the Middle East is religion. It permeates every aspect of life from social to political religion is there. It also can stir strong emotions, that can turn lethal. You have to wonder considering this, what are people in DC thinking?
It was discovered in 2009 that when Donald Rumsfeld did "World Wide Intelligence Briefings" he would sometimes caption photos with bible quotes (14 ).
In 2010 it was disclosed that a maker of Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (ACOG) made by Trijicon had been stamping bible quotes on the side of the sites for members of American Armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not all had the sights but still. (15 ).