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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:33 PM
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What the Rest of the World Watched on Inauguration Day
http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0128-35.htm
Published on Friday, January 28, 2005 by the National Catholic Reporter
What the Rest of the World Watched on Inauguration Day
by Joan Chittister

Dublin, on U.S. Inauguration Day, didn't seem to notice. Oh, they played a few clips that night of the American president saying, "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands."

But that was not their lead story.

The picture on the front page of The Irish Times was a large four-color picture of a small Iraqi girl. Her little body was a coil of steel. She sat knees up, cowering, screaming madly into the dark night. Her white clothes and spread hands and small tight face were blood-spattered. The blood was the blood of her father and mother, shot through the car window in Tal Afar by American soldiers while she sat beside her parents in the car, her four brothers and sisters in the back seat.

A series of pictures of the incident played on the inside page, as well. A 12-year-old brother, wounded in the fray, falls face down out of the car when the car door opens, the pictures show. In another, a soldier decked out in battle gear, holds a large automatic weapon on the four children, all potential enemies, all possible suicide bombers, apparently, as they cling traumatized to one another in the back seat and the child on the ground goes on screaming in her parent's blood.

No promise of "freedom" rings in the cutline on this picture. No joy of liberty underlies the terror on these faces here.
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justinsb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:35 PM
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1. Thanks for posting that.
Please consider signing this, and passing it along - for that little girl and all the others.

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/IraqComp
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:17 PM
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6. *signed* Good thing!


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Remember Fallujah

Bush to The Hague!
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justinsb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:23 PM
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7. Thanks for signing!
I don't know if it will happen, but it's worth a try - if it works it will substantially change the dynamic of 'military intervention'
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:36 PM
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8. Nowadays, everything is worth a try...
I didn't use to sign things on the internet and I'm still scared. But we have to follow up every and each possibility now I think... The future looks dreary.


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Remember Fallujah

Bush to The Hague!
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:44 PM
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2. Disgusting...Disgraceful...Dispicable....
Those are just a few words that come to mind when I think of the $40Million coronation and party and that what the rest of the world saw and knows is going on at our hands of this administration....

:grr:
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Az_lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:46 PM
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3. This is exactly what should have been on the news.
If our illustrious news media had the backbone to report the truth in this perspective the chimp would not be president today! Go Irish!
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:51 PM
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4. oh my :( n/t
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mordarlar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:59 PM
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5. This is terrible but i couldn't help it....
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 03:16 PM by mordarlar
while i watched a few minutes of the inauguration and i saw the smiling smug faces of Bush's daughter's sitting behind him i could not separate that image from the image of this poor frightened infant saturated with her parents blood. The two images converged. And i hated Bush more than ever. HOW DARE THEY SMILE SAFELY BEHIND PROTECTIVE GLASS while people are dying by their command.
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 06:46 PM
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9. I agree, extremely disgrace and dishearten
:kick:
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bluestateboomer Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:47 PM
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10. Thanks for posting.
We are becoming the pariah nation. If we can't change what's going on, we're headed for "the ash heap of history". :(
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:08 PM
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11. kick
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dbeach Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:28 PM
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12. US and Coalition troops killing more civilians than Insurgents
According to BBC report...
"More than 2,000 civilians were killed by the authorities, while insurgent attacks accounted for 1,200 deaths.
Coalition and Iraqi troops may be responsible for killing 60% more non-combatants in Iraq than the insurgents, the BBC has learned."
http://www.prisonplanet.com/Pages/Jan05/290105Killing_I...

Bringing bushevik democratcy to Iraq ,one civilian at a time..

One nation under surveillance with liberty and justice for the bush crime family..and oh lotsa cash for em too

"Blessed are the poor in spirit.."
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