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  •  Freedom (none)
    ....the doubting Thomas`s have been left mumbling among picture is worth a thousand words..
    •  Savor it (none)
      I think it only fair that you get the chance to gloat for a few days. After all, the war apologists have had a pretty dismal two years in which nothing has gone right. Savor this brief victory for the Iraqi people and for the war hawks because the worst may be ahead for the US and for them.

      And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall -- Dylan

      by Rp on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:24:03 AM PST

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    •  Best propaganda pic since Saddam's statue (none)
      being pulled down. Or perhaps the one with the flight suit and the "mission accomplished" banner.

      Could you find those "pictures worth a thousand words" and post them as well?


    •  It's propaganda, I'm afraid. (none)
      It might be nice if that blog represented anything like a common outlook in Iraq, but it does not. Time and again, polls show that an increasing majority opposes the Coalition's presence. Increasing support is seen for a strongman or a theocrat -- anyone who can restore security to the country. Even among those who realize that the occupation is the only current buffer against civil war, Bush is widely despised. And no amount of cheerleading conceals the fact that Coalition casualties have been on the rise, and that journalists can no longer leave the Green Zone to independently report on the state of the country -- reporting good news or bad.

      I'd draw your attention to one particular line...

      "Our thanks go to George W Bush who will enter the history as the leader of the freedom and democracy in the recent history! He and his people are our friends for ever!"

      Sad to say, these are not Iraqi words. These are words written for Americans, and probably by Americans. I too hold out hope that the Iraqis will decide to control their future through cooperation and reconstruction, rather than oppression and destruction. But they won't do it while singing the praises of George W. Bush and flinging roses at our feet. They shouldn't, because their future is their own. And the longer we try to pretend that this is not the case, the harder it is for us to become engaged with the real Iraqis and help them find a real path to freedom.

      We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anaïs Nin

      by Valentine on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:31:08 AM PST

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    •  Pull my finger (none)
      to find out what this 'election' smells like to me.

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