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[casi] Bizarre politics of Saddam's Capture

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After the humiliating footage of Saddam Hussein and the US military briefing
on his capture on Saturday morning, the NBC anchor switched us over for some
images of the masses celebrating in Baghdad. Across the screen flashed broad
strokes of red from a crowd of about a hundred with banners and flags in front
of the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party( see below). The antics of the
Iraqi Communist Party saved the day, and provided the media with some lively
images of happy Iraqis thankful for the invasion of their country. All other
news photos of Iraqi celebrants that I have seen were of small groups and

At the end of the dispatch from Baghdad the female anchor was visibly
flustered and bewildered. Wasn’t that a hammer and sickle on the banners of that
demonstration celebrating the capture of Saddam? The US press wouldn’t even try to
touch this one.

Bob Allen
Philadelphia Pa

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