This thing is looking worse all the time, but only to those who are bothering to question and examine what they are seeing. Take a look at the following photographs, which depict an event that took place in the Baghdad suburb of Karbala a couple of days ago. A big deal has been made about the Iraqi people coming out to help the U.S. marines pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein and celebrate its symbolic representation of Hussein’s downfall. This story, and its accompanying images, have been used by the corporate media as ‘proof’ that the most recent selection of excuses for invading Iraq, the liberation of its people from Hussein’s tyranny, was well worth the cost.

This first photograph is an AP selection, apparently taken by a member of the U.S. military’s official press chearleading corps. This is one of many shots I found, all taken from relatively short distances, each capturing a very small area. The Chicago Tribune article that accompanies these photos (link here) claims that 10,000 people were in the square to cheer and participate in the destruction of the statue. How many people do you see here? I suppose you are intended to assume that the rest of the 10,000 are crowded outside the frame of the photo.

The photo that follows not only shows a very different picture, but raises very good questions about the identity and possible motivations of the people there.

The accompanying article for this photo can be found here.

This stinks to high heaven: the public justifications for this ongoing brutal treatment of the Iraqi people (treatment which, you will remember, goes all the way back to our government helping Saddam Hussein solidify his grip on Iraq decades ago) continue to be based on the worst sort of chicanery and subterfuge. Also, it doesn’t bode well for the Iraqi people when the ‘democracy’ they were starved (for 12 years), bombed, shelled, and shot for might be headed up by the likes of Ahmed Chalabi. Will this be a democracy like the U.S. government installed in southern Vietnam after the independence-minded Vietnamese drove the French out of their country? We will see.

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