It is perhaps the one nation in the Middle East no one expected to have a “next Egypt” problem. Still occupied by the United States, with a freshly installed US-approved government, it seemed a bit early for Iraqis to be having tyrant fatigue, and with the massive violence from the US occupation still far from dying down, peaceful protests seemed simply too dangerous to be possible.
Indeed, Iraq’s military was out in force at the Green Zone, the center of Baghdad government, today, stopping a protest march from entering the restricted area. Reports said the protesters demands were, as is typical of the region, more jobs and a less corrupt government.
Meanwhile, bloggers are using Facebook to try to organize a full on uprising, citing the 1920 uprising against British rule and asking “what kind of a democracy is it where peaceful protesters are met with live fire.” The answer, of course, is the kind of governments which have passed themselves off as US-backed “democracies” in the region for years.