Shock and Awe beat me to the punch in talking about photos at healingiraq of an anti-terrorism rally held in Baghdad on December 10, 2003. One of the more visible groups participating was the Iraqi Communist party. I don't have much to add to Shock and Awe's post except seeing the pictures of the rally lead me to this November 26, 2003 article from the Guardian (admitedly no friend of Bush) about the Iraqi communist party:
Despite the ideological differences between the communists - who still stress their Marxist roots - and the coalition, officials say the two sides have cooperated surprisingly well over the past several months.
Much of this is due to the fact that the communists and other secular parties serve as a political counterbalance to the dominant, but fractious, Sunni and Shiite Muslim groups and the ethnic-based Kurdish parties.
Historically, the party has drawn support mainly from the impoverished Shiites of southern Iraq. In the 1960s, its influence gradually spread to rural communities and middle classes in the Sunni-dominated central part of Iraq. Despite its secular roots, the party's program calls for respect for Iraq's Islamic and Arab heritage.
``The Communist Party probably has the broadest geographical representation in the country, it's the most national of the parties,'' said a coalition official who asked not to be identified. ``We get along fine with them and they've behaved responsibly in terms of the redevelopment of Iraq.''
So is Ann Coulter spinning in her grave over this (daylight hours only). I mean-working with communists and all.