Thursday, October 09, 2003

Condoleezza Rice: "a new currency -- without Saddam Hussein's picture -- is being prepared."

Yes, that'll help them out. "It's ok guys - we've nothing to worry about, we've got rid of that god awful guy from our notes, we can get back to normal now." Hmm, somehow I don't think that's high up on the Iraqi people's agenda...

What it does scream at me is just how much of this is about image, for the Americans. It's about symbolism and marketing - they need to get across what they're actually doing out there to the American public (i.e. the potential supporters) in a way they can understand. They need to continue to portray Saddam in as bad a light as possible in order to maintain consistency of their argument.

I'm most certainly not claiming I love Saddam etc, but there are issues here that concern the American public, and other, completely separate issues that concern the Iraqi public. And while more attention is placed on the former, we have very, very little idea of the truth of the entire situation without visiting the place ourselves.

Maybe this is why I'm so against our leaderships - not because they are wrong, but because they continue to present things in a manner amenable to them, not us, and not the Iraqis.

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