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:: 4.10.2003 ::  



This is interesting. Most of you have probably seen the up-close action video of a statue of Saddam being pulled from its pedestal and destroyed, an event being hailed as "breathtaking" and "historic," even comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, all may not be as it seems. Watch the video here (under "jubilant Iraqis" - note the Iraqi man yelling in English for some reason) and check out this site for a photo, alleged to have been taken at the time of the event, that shows a few dozen people and a bunch of tanks. Now, I admit I was a little skeptical about this, but I can't find any evidence that there were more than a few dozen Iraqis there. Here is a BBC slideshow of the event; note the lack of wide shots that would enable us to see how many "jubilant Iraqis" surround the statue. See also the first image in this New York Times slideshow entitled "Joyous Streets" - again, doesn't look like there are a lot of people there. It seems entirely possible that the event was staged for our benefit... maybe someday we'll know for sure.
Thanks to Toshi for the heads-up.

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