The iconic image of Iraqi citizens and American troops toppling the statue of Saddam Hussein was seen around the world four years ago signifying the literal and figurative fall of the Iraqi leader and his violent regime. The day was met with joy by many Iraqis. But on this anniversary, the day was met with protests.
"I think the sense of optimism that may have been present both here and there in April 2003 is essentially gone," says Rockford College Political Science professor David Jervis.
Thousands of Shiites draped themselves in Iraqi flags and marched through the holy city of
"Much of the violence is being perpetrated by Sunnis," says Jarvis. "If now the Shiites don't like us either or those most outspoken Shiite leaders don't like us that says an awful lot about where we're headed."
In the meantime, Congress and President Bush continue to battle over the withdrawal of troops from
"The ultimate decision made about Iraqis are going to be made by Iraqis. However many American troops are there, however long those troops decide to stay, however long the congress wants them to stay. Ultimately the decisions are going to be made by Iraqis," says Jarvis.
According to Pentagon reports, 3,275 soldiers have been killed in
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