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Vox Fux exposes the recent Saddam Statue photo op as another CIA-style psyops moment for all the American Sheeple to revel in the "liberation" of Iraq.
by voxfux

Reminiscent of the staged MOCK pro war rallies here in the United States, the CIA with their public relations giants staged a patently mock liberation rally. If it wasn't so phony it would be laughable, but it's disgusting - It's a lie. The CIA organized this mornings take down of the Saddam Statue in Baghdad's Liberation Square as another FAKE OUT. In this city of over 5 million people about seventy of what appeared to be Iraqi dregs and delinquents and news paparazzi with Betacam crews descended on Liberation Square for another in a long line of lies, and psy-ops and disinformation, designed to fake us all out. CNN kept the camera angle close up because if they pulled too far out you noticed that there weren't a whole lot of people out for this fake out, "liberation."

About four hours before the statue was actually pulled down by a group of listless Iraqis, one of those plastic CNN news hairdos said that all the while, the images were of US tanks tearing the Saddam statues down and that it would be nice for the world to see some arabic looking people tearing down some statues so that CNN (CIA) (Bush Administration) could say, "I told you so".
And so they brought in a column of tanks and moved in for the big publicity stunt. Not even coming close to a real occupation of the city they took this little corner and pulled out the cameras. There were more news crews in Liberation Square then Iraqi people. But hey who would even notice, right? After all, aren't American's brains so numbed after being so systematically lied to year after year by lie after lie that in the LieWorld such publicity stunts really work, right?

Wrong. Smart people know better.

Yea, but what about all those Shiites happily on a looting rampage in East Baghdad, they appear to be having such joy as they tear up Saddam's Posters? Doesn't it feel like liberation?

First of all let's be clear about one thing here. If Iraqi tanks rolled down Pennsylvania avenue in Washington and killed Bush, there would be nearly 100 million people in the streets of America celebrating - Let's make that perfectly clear. Secondly those same people who are tearing up Saddam's posters are the same people who are going to be taking pot shots, every chance they get at their new liberators. Because remember this there is only one person in this world more hated than Saddam Hussein and that is George W. Bush.

Do the math - Bush is the most despised man on earth, ever.

The Bush criminal gang think they can fool the world with all these lies. The US government now is government by lies. Our foreign policy is a foreign policy of lies, payoffs, and coersion. Our domestic policy is about lies. Our social agenda is based on lies. The New World Order liars think they can conquer the world with lies and fake outs and mock rallys and staged fake rallies of Iraqis giving flowers to US troops. It's a fucking lie from start to finish.

No doubt Saddam Hussein is a major scumbag, but he was our scumbag - we put him there and kept him there and sold him chemicals and Bushes father sold him weaponry and biological agents and gave him hundreds of millions of dollars of US taxpayer dollars to keep him alive and healthy. Saddam was OUR boy, through and through. Will there be jubilation when we kill our own agent? You better believe it, they hate this former CIA asset, but no where in the world would there be a bigger celebration and jubilation then if it were Bush on the recieving end of the Tomohawk cruise missile or smart bomb.

Bush sucks! I hate his fucking guts. Don't ever forget that. And if you love your family and if you love freedom you better keep that feeling of this evil man at the forefront, because it is easy to be suckered by the slick 3D graphics and clever camera angles and dumb smiling newsreaders, and MOCK, STAGED events that fool the eye and boggle the mind. Trust me the Iraqis hate Bush as much as they hate Saddam Hussein no matter many impoverished Iraqis they throw in front of the camera with flowers. Like I said, if Bush were killed MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WOULD BE ECSTATIC. So fake rallies with Iraqis throwing flowers proves nothing. They will be throwing insults bombs and bullets at our troops the first chance they get.

Know your enemy
Don't believe the lies
Welcome to the New World Order


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Well said 09.Apr.2003 21:44

Black Sheep

Well said. Couldn't have put it better.

My only comment would be, yes Bush sucks, but the Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon/Ford/Carter/Regean/Bush/Clinton administration was no better. As much as Bush embodies evil, what he really embodies is Amerikkka's corporate death cult and the sickly sweet consumer hallucination world that people here live in. Picking a different tyrant to rule us won't solve the problem.

Hey now 09.Apr.2003 22:20


At least Clinton was peaceful. Yes, he was a corporate sell out, but it's basically impossible for anyone who isn't to be elected because the media is ownd by corporations.

What? 09.Apr.2003 22:45


Did you just say that Clinton was PEACEFULL?

Which President Clinton were YOU watching?

1. 1994: Sent US Army Rangers into Somalia, and Escalated the situation... please note that the Marines had been withdrawn from the area several months prior.

2. 1994: Punative Bombing of Iraq for the attempted assasination of President G HW Bush.

3. 1994: Bombed the heck out of Serbia, sent US Troops... they're still there.

4. 1998: Kosavo campaign.

5. 1998: Bombed Sudan and Afganistan.

6. 1998/99 Operation Desert Fox, bombed Iraq

7. 1998 Found Saddam Hussain was a clear threat, assigned assets to eliminate him... lotta good that did.

I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with these actions, but your statement that "He was peacefull" is not true.

want to be informed 10.Apr.2003 00:17

just curious

Can you please explain to me how you know that the pictures are fake? Were you there, or do you know people there? How do you know? Don't get me wrong I am not a fan of the mad cowboy with no brain, just curious.

Faked 'liberation' photos 10.Apr.2003 00:27


A tale of two photos

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".

Here's the truth.

First there is a photo from the BBC website showing the statue toppling. Below that is a long-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 armoured vehicles) and assembled journalists.

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 worse.

The masses are no doubt glad to see the back of Saddam Hussein, but this was a US Army propaganda coup, staged for the benefit of the same journalists it had bombed the day previously, and which the British media have swallowed hook line and sinker. Shame on them.

Faked 'liberation' photos
Faked 'liberation' photos

Well Said, 'Black Sheep'! 10.Apr.2003 00:44

lived outside America for a while

"sickly sweet consumer hallucination world"

--an eloquent, dystopian phrase that encapsulates modern American life.

Comment 10.Apr.2003 00:56

Resident in Old Europe

It did look like a somewhat contrived media jamboree to me. Only time will tell whether people attacking statues and pictures of Saddam Hussein in front of the cameras are more representative of the Iraqi people than, say, those Iraqis who carried out suicide bombings in an attempt to halt or slow up the invasion. It may be that neither category is particularly representative.

Interesting Comments on the Saddam Statue 10.Apr.2003 01:43


At about the 8 minute, 49 second mark, A'sad Abu-Khalil addresses Dennis Bernstein's questions about the scenes we are seeing in Western TV reports in the last two days. While he acknowledges that his concern is a conspiracy theory, he offers his analysis in the spirit of being skeptical of what we are seeing:

"I think that a lot of people will disagree with me when I say this, and I didn't see anybody saying that even in the Arabic media this morning. And I usually do not resort to conspiracy theorists. But let me say this. Don't be surprised (that) if in a year or two or three Bob Woodward comes out with a book in which we learn that the scenes today -- as I was watching on Al-Jazeera this morning -- struck me as too theatrical, too orchestrated, and not really genuine. And I really believe -- personally, I have no evidence of course -- I would not be surprised if this was arranged by the CIA and some of the people from the Iraqi national congress. Because it's symbolic effect will be grave, to basically send a message that the regime is crumbling.

"And I also noted ... how did this occur? People were walking spontaneously, and there were in their back pockets had hammers and sledge hammers because whenever they stroll down the street they do that. And there were all these findings in Baghdad, and people saying let us just gather ... pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein. ... That's not to say that there's not relief for people to get rid of a brutal dictatorship. I'm not saying that. But I also want to say that when people live under a brutal occupation like this one is, after being bombed from the air and sea and everywhere else for 21 days, I mean, of course they're going to be intimidated and they're going to kiss the shoes -- literally -- of their occupiers. I've seen those scenes myself in South Lebanon, when the Israelis came. Within one year, instead of showering them with praise, they were tossing grenades at their convoys.

"...one last point. As I was watching interviews with people in Basra, for example, whenever they are interviewed by Western journalists who are always embedded and surrounded by heavily armed US troops they say rather cautious nice things like "really happy, there's no problem." But I notice when they speak to Abu Dhabi TV and Al-Jazeera TV, they are very critical of the Americans and British. And some of them... Just yesterday, I was watching this on Abu Dhabi TV ... some of the interviewed were saying this is getting worse than times under Saddam Hussein. ... This is not to say that we should go back to the kind of Saddam tyranny. But I'm saying that I think -- very quickly -- the Iraqis will come the realization, inevitable, that the United States absolutely doesn't have the true interests of the Iraqi people at heart."

next time, post the URL 10.Apr.2003 03:20



for the quote above -- and a hell of a lot more that is a must to listen to

Vox is right as usual 10.Apr.2003 06:24


Amerikkkans are being spoon-fed the victory propaganda. Of course they could care less about the children of Iraq, many of them disarmed themselves by not-so-smart bombs.

Arab fury at Marines flag gesture
09/04/2003 - 6:14:22 pm

There was shock and disbelief at the fall of Baghdad among Arabs today - and also anger at marines wrapping an American flag around a statue of Saddam Hussein.

There was also hope that other oppressive regimes would crumble and disappointment that Saddam Hussein did not give them the taste of victory he had promised.

"Why did he fall that way? Why so fast?" said Yemeni housewife Umm Ahmed, tears streaming down her face. "He's a coward. Now I feel sorry for his people."

As soon as word about Saddam's apparent end got out, Arabs clustered at television sets in shop windows, coffee shops, kitchens and offices to watch the astounding pictures of US troops for the first time ever overwhelm an Arab capital.

Some turned off their sets in disgust at scenes from Baghdad of jubilant crowds celebrating the arrival of US troops.

Mohammed al-Shahhal, a 49-year-old teacher in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, said the scenes reminded him of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

"Those who applauded the collapse of Lenin's statue for some Pepsi and hamburgers felt the hunger later on and regretted what they did," said al-Shahhal.

However, Tannous Basil, a 47-year-old cardiologist in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, said Saddam's regime was a "dictatorship and had to go."

"I don't like the idea of having the Americans here but we asked for it," he said. "Why don't we see the Americans going to Finland, for example? They come here because our area is filled with dictatorships like Saddam's."

Tarek al-Absi, a Yemeni university professor, was hopeful Saddam's end presaged more regional democracy.

"This is a message for the Arab regimes, and could be the beginning of transformation in the Arab region," al-Absi said. "Without the honest help of the Western nations, the reforms will not take place in these countries."

The overwhelming emotion for many Arabs was one of disbelief, tinged for some with disappointment after weeks of hearing Saddam's government pledge a "great victory" or fight to the death against "infidel invaders."

"We expected resistance, not what happened," said Ghadah Shebah, a business administration student at the American University in Cairo.

Many resorted to conspiracy theories to explain the rapidly collapsing era of Saddam.

"There must have been treason," Ahmed Salem Batmira, an Omani political analyst.

"It seems there was some deal. Saddam has put himself ahead of his people," said Yemeni government employee Saad Salem el-Faqih, 50.

Three men having tea and smoking in a coffee shop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were unsettled as they watched the television - even though they said they were against Saddam and felt sorry for the long-suffering Iraqis.

"But I can't say that I'm happy about what's going on because these are non-Muslim forces that have gone in and I hope they will not stay," said Mohammed al-Sakkaf, a 58-year-old businessman.

Many said they were disturbed by "provocative" images of US troops lounging in Saddam's palaces or draping the US flag around the head of a Saddam statue.

"Liberation is nobler than that," said Walid Abdul-Rahman, one of the three Saudis. "They should not be so provocative."

"They haven't yet buried their dead and they are honouring the American flag," said an angry Buthaina Jado'n, 27, a Jordanian Arabic-language teacher. "They haven't seen yet what the Americans will do to them after this the war has just began."

Wissam Fakhoury, 28, another Jordanian furious at the sight of the US flag briefly on Saddam's statue, said: "I spit on them Iraqis. I was so disappointed."

"Do those crowds who are saluting the Americans believe that the United States will let them live better?" asked Fakhoury, a hotel receptionist. "They (Americans) will loot their oil and control their resources, leaving them nothing."

Bahraini physician Hassan Fakhro, 62, said he was saddened by the images.

"Whatever I'm seeing is very painful because although Saddam Hussein was a dictator, he represented some kind of Arab national resistance to the foreign invaders - the Americans and the British," said Fakhro.

After an anti-war march in Khartoum, Sudan, lawyer Ali Al-Sayed said US troops should not misinterpret the relief as an invitation to stay.

"Those people under oppression will not have any national feeling, so they will be happy to see someone removing a dictator and liberating them," said al-Sayed. "But the moment they feel free and liberated, they will not tolerate a foreign presence."

His sentiments resonated around a region where Iraq is far from the only place that lacks democracy.

Abdel Khaleq Abdulla, a political analyst in the United Arab Emirates, said many Arabs, plagued by a sense of powerlessness, will feel depressed at first, despite Saddam's crimes.

"For a while, there will be a sense of resignation, letdown, that this is one more (Arab) defeat," he said. "But what was defeated primarily in Baghdad is Arab oppression, the one-party system which was unable to defend its country for more than three weeks, and its capital for more than 48 hours.

"What was defeated in this battle was not the Arabs but the regime of oppression," he said.

Arab leaders were quick to stress that Iraq should have a sovereign government.

"Jordan cannot, naturally, recognise an occupying power," Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher told the Al-Jazeera satellite TV network. "The Iraqi people should rule themselves."

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, another uncomfortable US ally in the war, said the quickest way to achieve stability now would be for US troops to withdraw. "Iraqis must take control over of their country as fast as possible," Mubarak said.

Bahrain's king, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, called for "Iraq's right to self determination," the official Bahrain News Agency reported.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud, looking upset at a news conference, called for a quick end to Iraq's "occupation".

In a rare departure from diplomacy, Saud responded to a question about Arab anger toward the United States with: "I don't want to talk about anger if you don't mind today."

for "nick" 10.Apr.2003 09:31

republic of cascadia citizen

"nick" claims this "truth": "The United Sates can be a force for good in the world"

wow! you are so clearly living in a different reality than i am. the united states is the largest manufacturer/exporter of weapons and destruction on this planet, and home to the most exploitive hyper-capitalist corporations. death, destruction, misery, oppression, exploitation and humiliation follow whatever the "benevolent" hand of our nation touches.

"denial" aint just a river in egypt, chico!

The truth is some where in the middle 10.Apr.2003 09:35

not blind

Not blind

From what I read around the world it is clear that the truth is somewhere in the middle. Each paper reporter editor government puts a spin on what they see. They look for people to interview that support the view they want to present. Middle Eastern news shows people asking the US troops to leave quickly. Western News has crowds of people cheering the US troops. Clearly each side is doing their best to exploit the sound byte.

hey nick 10.Apr.2003 11:45


Just an idea. The words "force" and "good" should not be used in the same sentence. You are obviously one of the many Americans who believe that De"mock"racy can be installed and enforced. You would think that a country where the fucking president lost the popular election would lack the balls to say that it still has the most effective form of government. The idea that the United States is teaching anyone how to do anything having to do with democracy is totally absurd. Have you been paying attention to what is going on here in this country? Do you think that the increasing number of hungry, unemployed, uncovered people in this country is "Liberating"? Do you think that it makes sense for some moronic regime who thinks that revolt and terrorism can be contained by force has the right to install a fucking government. I wonder if you think that Iraq had anything to do with 9-11 like the other half of the country. The hipocracy in the world is being perpetuated by a super power, the USA. By the way where are those weapons of mass destruction any way, and where in the world is Osama Bin Laden?

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DC Indy/democratic underground


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Staged "Liberation" media event?
by against occupation 5:43am Thu Apr 10 '03 (Modified on 5:03pm Thu Apr 10 '03)

The photographs tell the story... media manipulation on a grand scale. Yes, the occupation has begun.

April 6th: Iraqi National Congress founder, Ahmed Chalabi is flown into the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah by the Pentagon. Chalabi, along with 700 fighters of his "Free Iraqi Forces" are airlifted aboard four massive C17 military transport planes. Chalabi and the INC are Washington favorites to head the new Iraqi government. A photograph is taken of Chalabi and members of his Free Iraqi Forces militia as they arrive in Nasiriyah.

April 9th: One of the "most memorable images of the war" is created when U.S. troops pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Fardus Square. Oddly enough... a photograph is taken of a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to one of Chalabi's militia members... he is near Fardus Square to greet the Marines. How many members of the pro-American Free Iraqi Forces were in and around Fardus Square as the statue of Saddam came tumbling down?

The up close action video of the statue being destroyed is broadcast around the world as proof of a massive uprising. Still photos grabbed off of Reuters show a long-shot view of Fardus Square... it's empty save for the U.S. Marines, the International Press, and a small handful of Iraqis. There are no more than 200 people in the square at best. The Marines have the square sealed off and guarded by tanks. A U.S. mechanized vehicle is used to pull the statue of Saddam from it's base. The entire event is being hailed as an equivalent of the Berlin Wall falling... but even a quick glance of the long-shot photo shows something more akin to a carefully constructed media event tailored for the television cameras.

More info on the propaganda ploy:

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