Rice Greeted by Protests During Visit to England
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As NPR's Rob Gifford reports from Liverpool, in addition to official duties, the U.S. Secretary of State did some sightseeing, including a trip down a musical memory lane.
ROB GIFFORD: Decades ago, the young black daughter of an Alabama preacher heard a song with mystifying lyrics by four boys from Liverpool.
(SOUNDBITE OF BEATLES SONG, A DAY IN THE LIFE)
JOHN LENNON: (Singing) I read the news today oh boy, four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire...
GIFFORD: Today she finally got a chance to inspect the roads of Blackburn in person. A trip to Jack Straw's home district contains plenty of sightseeing and culture, though she did first give one major policy speech today in Blackburn. Rice said the big picture of progress in Iraq justifies some of the problems the country is experiencing.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE: I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them, I'm sure. This could have gone that way, or that could have gone that way. But when you look back in history, what will be judged is, did you make the right strategic decisions? And if you spend all of your time trying to judge this tactical issue or that tactical issue, I think you miss, miss the larger, the larger sweep.
(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTERS)
GIFFORD: Blackburn has a high proportion of Muslim residents, and even if they are a minority, today they were a very vocal one, calling Secretary Rice a terrorist as she arrived at a Blackburn school. Rafik Ismael(ph) is a religious leader within the Blackburn Muslim community.
RAFIK ISMAEL: Condoleezza Rice has been responsible for many lives that have been taken away, many innocent lives. She is responsible for the tortures in Guantanamo Bay. She's responsible for the tortures in Abu Ghraib. She's responsible for many things.
(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTERS)
GIFFORD: Street Rioters: (Singing and chanting) We all live in a terrorist regime, a terrorist regime, a terrorist regime. Condi, Condi, Condi, Condi, Condi, Condie.
(SOUNDBITE OF STREET PROTESTERS)
GIFFORD: Rob Gifford, NPR News, Liverpool.
(SOUNDBITE OF BEATLES' SONG, "A DAY IN THE LIFE")
LENNON: (Singing) And though the holes were rather small, they have to count them all. Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. I'd love to turn you...
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