an absolutely brilliant analysis posted on the SF Indy Media website
(The event happened opposite the only live webcam that is operating in Baghdad. It's the webcam that I've been monitoring for the past two weeks.
link to cgi.cbs.com
Before the U.S. entry into the city, the area was not a heavily foot trafficked area. Its not next to a market place or a residential area. There was a lot of motor traffic around the plaza circle day and night. However it was not noticeable has a public gathering area. Hence, just where did these 200 or so Iraqi (males predominantly) come from with sledge hammers no less. Obviously they got a ride from someone.
The CIA or military psyops folks did a brilliant job on putting this event together. They suckered BBC and CNN to cover the story live. How convenient that it happened within camera range of the only live webcam in Baghdad. They created "the" world wide media image of the war which makes everything all right and the images of armless child war victims recide into oblivion.
Still I dont think the left should begrudge the Iraqi people from celebrating the deposing of a dictator that nobody who uses this web site would want to live under. I can only hope that the Iraqi people in Baghdad can now be spared any further american bombing and that they receive the immediate aid that they need for food and medical care.)
Staged "Liberation" media event?
by against occupation Thursday April 10, 2003 at 02:47 AM
The photographs tell the story... media manipulation on a grand scale. Yes, the occupation has begun.
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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: