tale of two photos
by Fozzy 7:47pm
Wed Apr 9
New pictures of "
crowd" in the square: Picture
See Also: Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale?
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".
angle 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 armored vehicles) and
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
The masses are no doubt glad to see the back of Saddam
Hussein, but was this a US Army propaganda coup.
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