July 4th, 2004

don't fear death

another reason i hate american media....

Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue
Sat Jul 3, 7:55 AM ET
Los Angeles Times
David Zucchino

The Army’s internal study of the war in Iraq criticizes some efforts by its own psychological operations units, but one spur-of-the-moment effort last year produced the most memorable image of the invasion.
As the Iraqi regime was collapsing on April 9, 2003, Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad, site of an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites). It was a Marine colonel — not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images — who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said. And it was a quick-thinking Army psychological operations team that made it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi undertaking.

After the colonel — who was not named in the report — selected the statue as a “target of opportunity,” the psychological team used loudspeakers to encourage Iraqi civilians to assist, according to an account by a unit member.

But Marines had draped an American flag over the statue’s face.

“God bless them, but we were thinking … that this was just bad news,” the member of the psychological unit said. “We didn’t want to look like an occupation force, and some of the Iraqis were saying, ‘No, we want an Iraqi flag!’ “

Someone produced an Iraqi flag, and a sergeant in the psychological operations unit quickly replaced the American flag.

Ultimately, a Marine recovery vehicle toppled the statue with a chain, but the effort appeared to be Iraqi-inspired because the psychological team had managed to pack the vehicle with cheering Iraqi children.
don't fear death

quick rambling....

i went last night to see Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore is, once again, a brilliant filmmaker. the theater was packed, packed as in - sold out. i like Moore - i admire him... but it doesn’t mean i believe every word he says. i am a researcher by nature and tend to run off to find the facts when i am interested or provoked ;). much of Fahrenheit i’d already researched from previous readings and argume---errr...debates with my conservative friends. everyone should see this movie and judge those facts presented in the movie. yes, of course, they are presented with some bias, but that is precisely the bias you get everyday when you tune in to american media. it isn’t often we get to see and hear the other side in the mainstream.
this country’s media shows us one side and i still think too many americans limit themselves to american media. i hate american media. i’ve said it before and i will say it again. many americans don’t know how to open their minds beyond their own little country. open your reading to The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Globe and Mail and more outside media. Watch WorldLink. you don’t have to be liberal minded to take in both sides, you only have to be willing to understand that there is a side other than your own - and other than the american side.

just how world news savvy are most americans?

take my quiz....


whether the film causes americans to vote against bush or incites them even more to vote for bush doesn’t matter. what matters is that every american eligible to do so, VOTE. and that every american considers, carefully, both sides.

Do you know if you are in a swing state?

Swing States

“Error should be tolerated where truth is free to combat it.”
~Thomas Jefferson