The area circled in red is where U.S. marines, the press, and a small
group of Iraqis gathered to pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein. No
more than 150 people were involved.
The plaza was empty and sealed off
by the Marines. It all occurred just opposite the Palestine Hotel where
the international media are based. This was a carefully
staged media event.
The pro-American Iraqis involved were members of Ahmed
Iraq Forces Militia... recently flown into Iraq by the Pentagon.
Chalabi is a Washington favorite to head the new government.
The toppling of
the statue was promoted as a massive uprising... does this event
look massive to you?