12 April 2005

Toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad will be recorded as one of the great moments in the history of liberty

President Bush equates a US Army psychological warfare operation in 2003 with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wow, the chutzpah — considering that the Saddam statue toppling was an entirely staged event:

Earlier this year, another Los Angeles Times scoop (6/3/04) revealed that one of the most enduring images of the war-- the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in a Baghdad square on April 9, 2003-- was a U.S. Army psychological warfare operation staged to look like a spontaneous Iraqi action:

"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. 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."

Here's the text of the LA Times article that confirmed what alternative media sources had already reported.

And the ouster of a tin pot dictator and subsequent descent into violent chaos is believed to be equivalent to the peaceful (mostly) overthrow of communism that gripped a third of the developed world?

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