(UCS-News : International) Supporting the #1 pop album Taking The Long Way the Dixie Chicks mounted an aggressive international concert tour. The was ended abruptly Saturday evening as a massive suicide car bomb detonated outside the concert hall. The Dixie Chicks suffered minor injures from broken glass and flying debris. In and interview following the attack the Chicks say they regret the decision to launch their tour in Haditha, Iraq.
The Dixie Chick once critical of the President, agreed to the concert tour after their public apology to George Bush. “We decided to show our faith in the Presidents handling of the wars In Iraq and Afghanistan. I guess we should not have trusted the President.” stated band member Natalie Maines. Maines and the other Dixie Chicks were flow to Germany for medical treatment with about 50 injured marines.
Despite the increased stability in Iraq The Dixie Chicks were defended by About 1,000 Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. The Haditha area, about 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. , it had Previously been patrolled by the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The Nov. 19 killings have placed Haditha in the spotlight, prompted comparisons to Vietnam and damaged U.S.-Iraqi relations. Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called the deaths “a horrible crime,” and accused U.S. troops of habitually attacking unarmed civilians. It was this attack that lead the Dixie Chicks to play the concert. According to the Chicks the Problems in Haditha prove the US army will be Taking The Long Way home fighting through Iraq.
Taking The Long Way, their third chart-topper, sold 525,000 copies in the week ended May 28, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. The figure ranks as one of the biggest openings of the year, and exceeds industry expectations by more than 100,000 copies.
The records sales of Taking The Long Way also prove that the Dixie Chicks have a higher personal approval rating than George W. Bush.