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PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF of Baghdad staged toppling

The photographs tell the story... media manipulation on a grand scale. Yes, the occupation has begun.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF of Baghdad staged toppling
PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF of Baghdad staged toppling
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:

homepage: homepage: http://dc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=63743&group=webcast

Well, maybe 10.Apr.2003 17:18

Bison Boy

Not convincing enough.

The long shot is good, but without a timestamp it's hard to judge its significance. It appears that the statue is still standing at that point, and it may be that our vehicle has hooked up to it and is ready to pull. The crowd is awfully thin at that point. I think this points to the event being staged, but it's not good enough to overcome the imagery people got pounded into their heads on TV. Does anyone have a photo credit for this, or a sample of video it came from?

As for the other photos, the match uses bad "lineup" techniques. Maybe that's the same guy, maybe not. (Looks like a different hairline to me.) It's a strong resemblance, butas has been pointed out elsewhere, the man could also easily be mistaken for Vlade Divac, Jean Reno, or even Billy Joel.

When making an argument about media manipulation, one must be careful to not be manipulated oneself.

spot the difference 10.Apr.2003 22:00


spot the difference
spot the difference

Billy Joel 10.Apr.2003 22:53


Isn't that Billy Joel?

Photo Credit? 10.Apr.2003 23:05

Kenny indymedia.org@journalscape.com

Can you please provide a link to the long shot of the tanks and statue from some other source? I think this kind of thing is something the US government/military would do, but I have to question it just like I question what the mainstream media is stating.

to all the 'doubters'-- 11.Apr.2003 00:05

go to the *above-referenced* link.

More info on the propaganda ploy:

Billy Joel!! 11.Apr.2003 08:06


That sonofabitchin Iraqi! I am smashing all of his cds and calling for a radio station block out of his music! Now I know his real lyrics! "In the middle of the night, I go walking thru my sleep, to blow up New York, and drop sarin nerve gas.."

Fisk article seems to agree 11.Apr.2003 09:25


Robert Fisk's latest article agrees with it being a photo-op without question. Most of the article is about the looting though.

"American control of the city is, at best, tenuous - a fact underlined after several marines were killed last night by a suicide bomber close to the square where a statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down on Wednesday, in the most staged photo-opportunity since Iwo Jima."