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Posted by ginnypub on November 11, 2008
Three years ago thousands of Shi’ites were crossing The Bridge of the Imams in Baghdad, Iraq for a pilgrimage to the Kadhimiya shrine. A Hussein loyalist pointed a finger at someone, claiming he had a bomb. The rumor of a suicide bomber spread quickly among the worshippers. Looking for a means to escape, the thousands stampeded. Almost one thousand people were crushed or drowned in the Tigris below. Close to five hundred more were injured.
The Bridge of the Imams was closed, separating the Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah – a former al-Qaida stronghold – and the militia controlled Shiite district of Kazimiyah.
Today, Iraqi red, white and black flags waved in an autumn breeze on the Bridge of Imams. Banners reading “Yes to reconciliation and national unity” and “No to sectarianism and division” decorated the bridge railings. Hundreds of Sunnis and Shi’ites met on the bridge, which they now call Unity Bridge. “It is a day of joy for the Iraqi people because we have shown to the world that we are one united people”, announced Sheik Saleh al-Haidari. “The reopening of this bridge… is an indication that desperate attempts by terrorists have failed and life is getting back to normal,” said military spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi.