Monday , October 26 2020

What’s In a Picture?

In this case, everything:

    as Saddam Hussein’s regime crumbles, the Iraqi president’s images are falling, too.

    The instigators are twofold: U.S. military forces and, at times, Iraqis themselves. Sometimes they do it together.

    “Every time we tear down a picture of Saddam, they cheer,” said Cpt. Peter McAleer, commander of Echo Company of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 15th is helping to hold Nasiriyah, a key crossroads for supplies and military personnel heading north to Baghdad.

    Just a few days ago in Nasiriyah, a huge statue of Saddam gazed down upon motorists entering town. Now, after a two-week battle won by invading U.S.-led forces, the enormous concrete pedestal stands empty.

    Everywhere in this city, U.S. Marines are pulling down images of Saddam, with residents often joining in. [AP]

Most dramatically of course, this:

    Saddam Hussein’s rule over Iraq collapsed on Wednesday as U.S. troops swept into the heart of Baghdad and helped jubilant residents celebrate by toppling a huge statue of their ousted leader and dragging its severed head through the streets. [AP]

Watch “Saddam Statue Toppled, Images Defaced” AP film here as American and Iraqis TEAM UP to topple the statue of the baby-rapist – no need to deconstruct the symbolism here.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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