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I have noticed a number of “Pro-Military Action” sites have been almost giddy with joy over the apparent destruction of the Saddam regime. I am damn giddy myself: nothing like liberating the oppressed to make you feel good about yourself.

But what is really surprising, because I find that whole “gloating” thing to be a liberal trait, is how willing they are to rub the anti-war movement’s nose in their most obvious poor choice of sides.

I know it’s hard to contain the desire to revel when you are right and they are wrong: I want to scream an “IN YOUR FACE MOTHERFUCKER” as I see the cheering Iraqis enjoying their new found freedom to loot and steal absolutely anything they can get their hands on. (I sure would be on a rampage. Man, I would stock up on toilet paper galore and some dishwashing detergent too, you can never have enough of that.) But won’t victory be much the sweeter if we show a little noblesse oblige towards the misguided anti-war fools?

No one likes to admit they’re wrong, especially the morally superior without a clue.

Can’t we all just get along?

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  • NC

    [W]on’t the victory be much sweeter if we show a little noblesse oblige towards these misguided fools?

    Noblesse oblige toward people who seriously contend that George Bush is less of a human being than Saddam Hussein? ‘Fraid not, old chap. Sorry.


  • Dawn

    Now that is what I am talking about.

  • Nice effort, Dawn. Good luck.

  • Dallas Maverick

    The French are cheese-eating surrender-monkeys who are ungrateful for what we did in a little conflict called World War II. To use an old cliche, if it weren’t for the U.S., they would be speaking German. For them to lecture us on war is laughable.

  • Dallas,

    How far does your memory go back?

  • InMarin

    Via Atrios:

    A Little Cold Water

    One hopes that the widely broadcast scene of cheering Iraqis tearing down the statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad was both the very real and important symbolic moment it was portrayed to be. However, it’s clear that this was a Pentagon-orchestrated p.r. moment, happily enabled by the media.

    Despite the close-up crowd shots and breathless commentary accompanying the event—which portrayed it as a scene of mass jubilation by the citizens of Baghdad—the truth is, as the BBC reports, and other pictures confirm, there were in actuality only dozens of Iraqis present. A more accurate view of size of the celebrating crowds can be seen here. As our military has yet to adequately separate the naughty from the nice over there, any larger crowd would have placed our forces at risk.

    Before the statue of Saddam was toppled, an American soldier rather inappropriately covered its head with an American flag – an act of conquerors not liberators. It would be easy to forgive this as the action of an understandably enthusiastic young guy, if it wasn’t for the fact that this specific flag was the one which was flown over the Pentagon on 9/11, as reported by BBC correspondent Paul Wood. There is little chance this was a spontaneous act.

    None of this takes away from the fact that there has been a genuine military victory by the U.S., or that all signs point to the new irrelevance of Saddam’s government. But, neither this remarkable achivement nor the winning of the war on statues is enough. Today’s assassination of long-exiled pro-Western Shiite cleric Abdul Majid al-Khoei demonstrates that genuine security issues remain. Even if pro-Saddam forces have been largely dissipated, infighting between rival would-be local leaders jockeying for position will be difficult to manage.

    Even the Bush administration has cautioned against undue media enthusiasm about the significance of recent events in Baghdad. We cannot yet be sure their caution is unnecessary.

    Via IndyMedia:

    A tale of two photos

    You have probably seen the photos of the statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled, and TV footage of jubilant Iraqis rolling the bronze head around, bringing back memories of so many previous popular uprisings – 1989, 1956, 1953…

    If there is one thing this war has taught us all, it’s that we can’t believe what we’re told. For Donald Rumsfeld these were “breathtaking”. For the British Army they were “historic”. For BBC Radio they were “amazing”.

    Here’s the truth.

    First there is a photo from the BBC website showing the statue toppling. Below that is a long-shot in which you can see the whole of Fardus Square (conveniently located just opposite the Palestine Hotel where the international media are based), and the presence of at most around 200 people – most of them US troops (note the tanks and armoured vehicles) and assembled journalists.

    The BBC website had the honesty to say that “dozens” of Iraqis were involved, but this grain of truth was swamped by the overwhelming impression of mass joy. The radio and TV were even worse.

    The masses are no doubt glad to see the back of Saddam Hussein, but this was a US Army propaganda coup, staged for the benefit of the same journalists it had bombed the day previously, and which the British media have swallowed hook line and sinker. Shame on them.

    From DU:

    Smoking Gun in Baghdad: ‘Welcome, Bush’ = INC Photo Op!

    Judge for yourselves. Here is the original Washington Post Chalabi/INC article:

    Exile-Led Militia Has Low Numbers, High Hopes
    Ill-Equipped Group Seen as Unprepared

    DOKAN, Iraq, April 7 — It was a motley group of freedom fighters filing aboard four C-17 military transport planes at a remote airfield in northern Iraq last weekend. Some of the 700 men of the newly dubbed 1st Battalion of Free Iraqi Forces — vaunted as the kernel around which a new Iraqi army would be assembled — were so lightly armed they lacked even pistols, let alone assault rifles. Members of the group are expected to perform a variety of tasks, including delivering humanitarian aid and helping to hunt supporters of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

    Most of the INC’s militiamen are like Sarkawt Ahmad, who deserted from Hussein’s armed forces years ago. A Kurdish native of Baghdad, Ahmad fled in 1990 to the north, where U.S. and British fighters enforcing a “no-fly” zone created a haven for the Kurdish parties that rule here. But he wants to go home. “The INC is going to Baghdad, that’s why I’m with them,” said Ahmad.

    From rows of couches, there was a striking view of Lake Dokan. But all eyes were on the television, where satellite news channels showed the INC founder, Ahmed Chalabi. The INC, one of six anti-Hussein groups working with the United States, is often criticized by other opposition groups for its apparent lack of grass-roots support inside Iraq. The group has replied that its most crucial support is meant to be invisible: intelligence networks and discreet undergrounds, which Chalabi now will be expected to activate.

    the enlarged photo window that accompanies this article.

    Now here is a link to a Reuters photo gallery from today’s Baghdad celebration.

    Caption: “An Iraqi man greets advancing U.S. Marines on the way to the centre of Iraqi capital Baghdad. April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Oleg Popov”

    See anybody familiar in the Chalabi/INC/Free Iraqi Forces clan pictured above this photo?

    Via Calpundit:


    I’m hesitant to throw any cold water on the fully justified euphoria that many of us feel about the fall of Baghdad. It’s happened quickly and with remarkably little bloodshed, and ending Saddam Hussein’s barbaric rule is cause for cheer.

    But it’s hard to ignore the duplicitous role of the media in hyping yesterday’s main Kodak moment: the destruction of the statue of Saddam in central Baghdad. The camera shots all gave the very deliberate impression that this event was played out in front of a huge mob of cheering Iraqis, and these video images were played incessantly, at least three or four times an hour.

    But as the photo below shows, the truth was rather different: there was a gathering of at most a hundred, and more likely only a few dozen Iraqis present in the square for this event. I don’t blame the government for staging something like this, but the job of the media should be to explain the reality of what’s going on, not simply act as cheerleaders for whatever the Pentagon tells them. There are some serious questions about how quickly and easily we will be able to gain control of Baghdad, and a lot of this depends on just how friendly the populace turns out to be toward us. Hopefully things will go well, but the media should be giving us the best information possible about the reaction of the Iraqi people, not deliberately cropping their images in a Pollyannaish effort to make things look more cheerful than they really are.

  • Laurie K

    Interesting photo. Any idea when it was taken? It looks like dusky light. The statue came down earlier, I thought. Is there anything in the provenance of the photo that can provide in “when” info?

  • in your face

    Simple ideas-simple minds- In your face, bushists : you’re in for a looooooong hell in Irak.Claiming victory is one thing.Reality is different.Try to read some books, and to develop your minds.