August 31, 2005
This is the state of fear Iraqis live in now:
Rumors of a suicide bomber helped set off a stampede Wednesday among tens of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims on a Tigris River bridge, killing at least 637 people as panicked worshipers hurled themselves off the bridge or trampled others underfoot, Iraqi authorities and survivors said.
"The people when they were at the bridge, more than one person started yelling, and saying, 'The bridge will fall down, the bridge will explode,' " said Khalid Fadhil, a goldsmith who witnessed the stampede. "So the people started running in panic, pushing each other, trying to run away. Some of the people fell down, and the people stepped on them. The others threw themselves off the bridge, into the river."
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Sad. But they were at least blaming "The Government" and not the Americans for this.
I'm just curious what they expected the gov to do about it? Over 1 million people gathered in any area, nevermind one with a sectarian war, is cause for trouble. This is why we have permits in the US for this sort of stuff. To make sure there is enough security before having the event. If they are going to gather like this, they'll have to take some of that responsibility on their own.
Posted by: Adrock | Sep 1, 2005 12:49:12 PM
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