From today’s Times:
The violence that claimed 33 Iraqi lives on Monday continued to ripple through Iraq. At 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, insurgents set off a powerful car bomb in central Baghdad several blocks east of Firdos Square, where Iraqis pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein on April 9, 2003.
Lest we forget, American tanks blocked off access to Firdos Square on that triumphant day. Inside were many American soldiers and civilians and a small group of Iraqis, most of them members of Chalabi’s private, U.S.-funded militia. The statue was toppled by an American cable pulled by an American tank retrieval vehicle operated by American soldiers. The American flag which briefly ornamented Saddam’s head was put there by an American soldier. It was an American officer who realized just in time that the stars and stripes were somewhat off-message, and ordered them removed. Somehow or other, an Iraqi flag happened to be on hand.