Associated Press reports:
Iraqi merchant: McCain visit propaganda
By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer
Tue Apr 3, 5:17 AM ET
BAGHDAD – Iraqis in the capital said Tuesday that Sen. John McCain‘s account of a heavily guarded visit to a central market did not represent the current reality in Baghdad, with one calling it “propaganda.”
Jaafar Moussa Thamir, a 42-year-old who sells electrical appliances at the Shorja market that the Republican congressmen visited on Sunday, said the delegation greeted some fellow vendors with Arabic phrases but he was not impressed.
“They were just making fun of us and paid this visit just for their own interests,” he said.
“Do they think that when they come and speak few Arabic words in a very bad manner it will make us love them?
This country and its society have been destroyed because of them and I hope that they realized that during this visit.”
Thamir said “about 150 U.S. soldiers and 20 Humvees” accompanied the delegation.
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