Alabama Reacts to Symbolic Toppling of Statue

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It was the news mothers and fathers across the state and nation were waiting to hear. The fighting in Iraq may be coming to an end. Alabamians awoke Wednesday morning to television images of an Iraqi capitol under coalition control.

Moments later came a sign of what may be to come: the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein in the center of Baghdad. With the help of U.S. Marines, the Iraqi people ripped apart the statue of the leader who they hope is gone for good. And we watched it unfold live.

It was a proud moment for many Alabamians. "I saw a lot of people cheering over there on TV this morning," said Marvin Cockrell. He watched it while working out at the gym.

Cockrell says seeing the happiness of the Iraqi people makes him more confident the war was worth it. "Evidently for the people who were cheering, they felt like what we came over there to do was needed," he said.

Many others felt the same way as they too watched the historic broadcast. The one reaction they all had in common was the praising of U.S. troops. "I think they've done a great job so far. I totally support them," said Sally Barr.

"I definitely feel that the U.S. has accomplished what they were planning to do," said Carolina Alvarez.

But while his statue may be gone, many still wonder about the man himself. Cockrell admits things look good for now, but he's not ready to say the war is over. "I don't believe that's the end of it," he said. "They haven't shown me Saddam's body, so I don't say that he's gone."

Not everyone we talked with liked what they saw on television. Those opposed to the war say the U.S. shouldn't be involved. However, none who felt that way wanted to talk to WSFA on camera.