17. The toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Firdos Square
Date: April 9, 2003
When U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians toppled the imperialistic statue of Saddam Hussein in Fridos Square in Iraq, it was a symbolic moment that people thought would signal the beginning of peace. It was seen as a moment of triumph for Iraqis, Americans, and countless people watching around the world. This act of iconoclasm was a strong and powerful message, and, mostly staged or not, it was still a momentary victory in a war that has become infamous in the years since.