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Iraqi Kurds SPANK Arianna Huffington (After Disparaging Remarks About Kurds Under Saddam Hussein)
Kurdistan Development Corporation | 09/14/2006 | Bayan Rahman

Posted on 09/14/2006 5:24:40 PM PDT by Impeach98

BLOG ALERT

Commentator Arianna Huffington Makes Disparaging Remarks About Plight of Iraqi Kurds Under Saddam Hussein

* Chairman of Kurdistan Development Corporation Invites Ms. Huffington to Visit Iraqi Kurdistan to Gain a Better Understanding for Herself

In an appearance last night on the O'Reilly Factor, commentator Arianna Huffington, who runs the blog website, www.HuffingtonPost.com dismissed the plight of the Kurds under dictator Saddam Hussein. Huffington also attacked a television ad campaign by the Kurds to thank Americans for helping liberate them from Hussein's reign of tyranny.

Huffington inaccurately stated that, "I think the Kurds were free before we invaded Iraq. But how have the conditions of the Kurds changed since we invaded Iraq?"

When shown a television commercial by Mr. O'Reilly titled "Thank You America" Ms. Huffington responded by saying, "I think that spot is sad. It is sad to use people in the interests of promoting an agenda." She added that in her belief, "The Kurdistan -- the position -- the position of the Kurds has not changed one iota since we invaded Iraq. What has changed is the position of Americans, who are less safe because we invaded Iraq."

The ad in question can be viewed for yourself here: www.TheOtherIraq.com

Responding to the comments made by Huffington, Ms. Bayan Rahman, Chairman of the Kurdistan Development Corporation, made the following statement:

"I was saddened to see the comments made by Arianna Huffington on the 'O'Reilly Factor" television show. One of the reasons we started our public relations efforts here in the United States, was to tell the story of Iraqi Kurdistan that has until now not been told."

"Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian Kurds were killed by Saddam Hussein. Over 5,000 in one chemical weapons attack against the Kurdish city of Halabja. Even after the United States and Great Britain provided air protection with the "No Fly Zone," Saddam's tanks still stood pointed at our cities and our people.

"But now the people of Iraqi Kurdistan are free. We've implemented a flourishing democracy. We are rebuilding our nation from the devastation brought about by Saddam Hussein. And now we've passed free market economic reforms to encourage American companies to come and help rebuild Iraqi Kurdistan into a vibrant bastion of freedom and success in the Middle East.

"I invite Ms. Huffington to come to Kurdistan, as our guest, so that she may learn the truth and join our efforts to help tell the story of The Other Iraq."

- Ms. Bayan Rahman
Chairman, Kurdistan Development Corporation
www.TheOtherIraq.com

*A copy of the transcript from last night's O'Reilly Factor follows:

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HUFFINGTON: I think Iraq has been a tragic disaster.

O'REILLY: OK. I want to play you a spot that's running on FOX News right now, and I want your reaction. Roll tape.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ANNOUNCER: Saddam's goal was to bury every living Kurd. He failed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, America.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you!

ANNOUNCER: The Kurds of Iraqi Kurdistan just want to say thank you for helping us win our freedom.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you for democracy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, America.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'REILLY: How do you react to that?

HUFFINGTON: I think it's sad. I want to know who's paying for it. I want to know who...

O'REILLY: The Kurdistan government is. You think it's propaganda?

HUFFINGTON: Of course it's propaganda.

O'REILLY: You don't think the Kurds are free because of us?

HUFFINGTON: I think the Kurds were free before we invaded Iraq. But how have the conditions of the Kurds changed since we invaded Iraq?

O'REILLY: All right. So you think that's a total -- that's a total lie?

HUFFINGTON: I think that spot is sad. It is sad to use people in the interests of promoting an agenda.

O'REILLY: Yes, but the Kurdistan -- the Kurdistan government...

HUFFINGTON: The Kurdistan -- the position -- the position of the Kurds has not changed one iota since we invaded Iraq. What has changed is the position of Americans, who are less safe because we invaded Iraq.

O'REILLY: All right. I don't -- I disagree with you. I think Saddam persecuted the Kurds. I think they have a free -- and -- so what?

HUFFINGTON: So what? Our job is not to go there and save the Kurds. Our job to keep Americans safe.

O'REILLY: All right. OK. So what, the Kurds are free.


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1 posted on 09/14/2006 5:24:43 PM PDT by Impeach98
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To: BillF; kristinn; BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother; OldFriend; marty60; Ros42; CharlieChan; ...

War in Iraq (and Arianna Huffington's offensive conduct once again) PING!


2 posted on 09/14/2006 5:25:42 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98



BTTT for the Kurds.


3 posted on 09/14/2006 5:26:08 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: GianniV; EagleUSA; Mo1; auboy; newsgatherer; kas2591; campfollower; MarineBrat; mountainlyons; ...

Arianna Huffington says no big deal to Saddam's genocide against the Kurds. Kurds respond! PING


4 posted on 09/14/2006 5:26:29 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

Well, as we all know, Arianna is smarter than everyone else in the world, so she must be right.


5 posted on 09/14/2006 5:27:07 PM PDT by mhx
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To: RWGuy
Hey, I posted the email that was sent out. Take a look. I still can't believe Arianna actually said this. Now I see how Hitler went unchecked so long in WWII.

"So what?" she says to Bill O'Reilly asking about Saddam's killing of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Kurds.

Amazing!

6 posted on 09/14/2006 5:27:49 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: mhx

Yeah, and we missed the chance to have her as our Governor in California during the recall elections. Shucks!! :)


7 posted on 09/14/2006 5:28:20 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: AVNevis

Hey, you PING'd me last night about the O'Reilly thread. I thought you'd want to see what the Kurds had to say back!


8 posted on 09/14/2006 5:28:56 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

Actually, she called the tape "propaganda".

I think she needs to go visit the Kurds and tell them that in person.


9 posted on 09/14/2006 5:29:41 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Impeach98

Huffington confirmed her true beliefs last night with O'Reilly, what a low life.


10 posted on 09/14/2006 5:30:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Salamander
Hi, Salamander. Can you explain what you mean? I read your comment, and yes you are right. That makes me think either I ryped something somewhat off, or the email I posted with the Iraqi Kurd official's response has something confusing. Can you clarify?

"Actually, she called the tape "propaganda". "

11 posted on 09/14/2006 5:31:16 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: jazusamo

I like your tag. Go Diana Irey!


12 posted on 09/14/2006 5:32:45 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

Her idiotic comments were just sheer lunacy and kookery.


13 posted on 09/14/2006 5:33:29 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Impeach98

That is ONE POWERFUL COMMERCIAL!


Airhead Huffington's credentials amount to being married and divorced to a millionaire who ran for public office and failed.


14 posted on 09/14/2006 5:33:42 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Impeach98

15 posted on 09/14/2006 5:34:10 PM PDT by mhx
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To: Salamander

She doenst have the courage to say things to peoples face like that.


16 posted on 09/14/2006 5:38:58 PM PDT by beansox
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To: Impeach98

At one point while talking to O'Reilly, she flat-out called the tape propaganda.
I only watched a little of the interview after that because she makes my blood boil.


17 posted on 09/14/2006 5:39:54 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Impeach98

Here it is;

O'REILLY: The Kurdistan government is. You think it's propaganda?

HUFFINGTON: Of course it's propaganda.


18 posted on 09/14/2006 5:40:40 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Salamander
Oh yes, if you keep reading through the post above you'll see the paste of the transcript. Not only does she call it propaganda, she then goes on to say "so what?" to Hussein's genocide of the Kurds.

Now you have a region in Iraq where the people are very pro-American, are embracing American concepts on democracy and economic principles of capitalism and what does Arianna do? She attacks it!

You are right, it's enough to make your blood boil!

19 posted on 09/14/2006 5:42:03 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

If Bubba Klintoon had freed the Kurds and liberated Iraq, she (and Chrissy Boy Matthews, and Keith Olberman, and Graydon Carter, and all the other moonbats) would be praising him to the heavens and taking credit that her party was full of such caring humanitarians.

Why do we give these flaming hypocrite idiots the time of day?


20 posted on 09/14/2006 5:42:44 PM PDT by Cecily (`)
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To: beansox

Then she shouldn't say them at all.
It's easy to be "brave" sitting thousands of miles away where they can't touch her.

The world would be a better place if people didn't let their mouths write checks their @sses can't cash.


21 posted on 09/14/2006 5:43:54 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Impeach98; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ..

thanks for the PING!

"So what, the Kurds are free..."

/s -

hope BOR said it with a very good sneer...........


22 posted on 09/14/2006 5:44:10 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: Salamander
HUFFINGTON: I think that spot is sad. It is sad to use people in the interests of promoting an agenda.

Since the Kurds paid for the ads, and its Kurds who appear in the ads, whose agenda is she opposed to promoting? I don't get it. Does she want TV ads from the Sunnis of Iraq? The Shia of Iraq?

Hey, if they want to broadcast 'thank you America' ads, I think we'd all celebrate that.

No, somehow I don't think it's that. I think she's pissed that these ads don't go in sync with the line being put out by her colleagues at HuffingtonPost that we should pull out of Iraq and just write off all the people and the country there and surrender to the terrorists.

23 posted on 09/14/2006 5:44:42 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

"So what".


Nice.

I'm personally overjoyed for the Kurds.
None of us can even begon to understand what their lives must have been then compared to now.

She's scum.


24 posted on 09/14/2006 5:45:38 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Impeach98

Bottom line is that those videos certainly don't help the Democrats regain CONTROL of the country.

That's why she's mad.

With her and all Dems, it's all about -control-.


25 posted on 09/14/2006 5:48:21 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: devolve; Impeach98

What can you expect from Arianna? She almost knocked the 'terminator' over trying to get in the spotlight in California, lol.


26 posted on 09/14/2006 5:48:39 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping bitt!


27 posted on 09/14/2006 5:51:06 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch
A "thanks, for the memories" picture PING.


28 posted on 09/14/2006 5:51:14 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

LOL, bump again!!


29 posted on 09/14/2006 5:53:10 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Impeach98
HUFFINGTON: I think the Kurds were free before we invaded Iraq.

She's like the Holocaust deniers.

30 posted on 09/14/2006 5:53:12 PM PDT by Rocko ("'Fore you call me any dirty names, you better think twice." -- Bob Dylan.)
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To: Impeach98

It was a democrat President - Wilson who won WWI
It was a democrat President - Roosevelt who won WWII
It was a democrat President - Truman who drew in Korea
It was a democrat President - Johnson who engaged Viet Nam

It was a republican President - Nixon who detached from VN
It was a republican President - Reagan who won the Cold War
It was a republican President - Bush 1 who won the Gulf War

It is a republican President - Bush 2 who is engaged in winning WWIII

The dems believe this should be their war. Johnson ruined their record and the dems will stop at nothing until they reconquer the government and show the world how many civil rights dead people have!


31 posted on 09/14/2006 5:56:59 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: Salamander

Waht do you expect from a woman who has shyt like this on her blog?


"And we were appalled at the death threats the Chicks received because they couldn't tolerate the ignorant mumblings of a war-happy President. And we all loved the Chicks' new single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," because most of us weren't ready to make nice with the Bush Administration either.

So, when Natalie strummed the first chord of that song, hundreds of crowd members held up white placards that said, in large black letters, "THANK YOU." I was nearly moved to tears. I was proud to be a New Yorker."




So 3 cowards evoke "tears" becuase of death threat that as never proven, but the hundreds of thousands of Kurds who actually lost their life, get a "so what?".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-thomas/dixie-chicks-thank-you_b_28867.html


If ANYONE propogandist, its Huffington.


32 posted on 09/14/2006 5:57:16 PM PDT by beansox
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To: Cecily
Why do we give these flaming hypocrite idiots the time of day?

I dunno. There's nothing worse in this world than being a 53-year old marbled-mouthed dingbat waking up one morning and realizing your a liberal and then feeling it's your duty to go out into the world and lecture everyone else on moral equivalency.

33 posted on 09/14/2006 5:57:26 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

She needs laid.


34 posted on 09/14/2006 5:58:38 PM PDT by beansox
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To: Prost1
You might be right, but see, that's the reason Reagan and others like him used to be Democrats. Whether you agreed or disagreed with particular policies, I think in general it was accepted to root FOR AMERICA. Hope America wins. Hope the values of freedom, liberty, democracy, free markets, competition, rule of law - wins.

Now it's, "what do we need to do to smear the Republicans so they lose" - even if it means attacking America as a nation and our national security.

It's disgusting.

35 posted on 09/14/2006 5:59:39 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98
Now it's, "what do we need to do to smear the Republicans so they lose"

It's more like "appease at any cost".

36 posted on 09/14/2006 6:01:39 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: beansox
Great post. You know what Arianna misses the most, and this is the most important part I think.

Those newly liberated Kurds who now want to be the best friends of the United States. Well, looking at a map, I'd think we'd take them up on it. Hmmm... Middle East. During the middle of a war on terrorism. People right in the heart of it who want to be our friends and allies. Should we embrace them or denounce them???

Geez, Arianna, this one isn't a toughie!!!

37 posted on 09/14/2006 6:02:22 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: beansox

Yup.

"ignorant mumblings of a war-happy President."


Btw...which one of the Dixie Dips has a MBA from Harvard?
None?
I thought so...LOL!


38 posted on 09/14/2006 6:04:15 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Impeach98

"You might be right..."

I think it is a deep part of their ideology.

I really do! That and controlling where the defense $$ go...That means if they were conducting the war, it would have a different focus, different direction, but still enormous political and economic impact.

The dems have some very smart people on their side. They think decades ahead. They are experts at incrementalism.

No unions today...If the dems were running this war, only union houses would get contracts. Only dues paying and democratic contributing longshoremen would get contracts.

The mafia has nothing on the democratic party.


39 posted on 09/14/2006 6:04:17 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: Salamander

That bitch is transparent and if the Kurds were blasting Bush she would be sucking one off right about now!

I hate that woman.



I know I know...im a vilgar little girl....dont climb all over me..it was over the top..... but i every word of meant it.


40 posted on 09/14/2006 6:08:11 PM PDT by beansox
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To: beansox

excuse my typos. she boils my blood.


41 posted on 09/14/2006 6:09:56 PM PDT by beansox
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To: beansox

I understand completely.

Only the fear of being ZOTted keeps me from voicing my true feelings here, sometimes.....;D


42 posted on 09/14/2006 6:16:09 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Impeach98

Arianna is an ignorant slut.


43 posted on 09/14/2006 6:27:45 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Impeach98

What ever else happens in Iraq we got to make sure the Pols do not run out on the Kurds. We have failed enough people in various places that trusted us. We will not fail these people.


44 posted on 09/14/2006 6:36:13 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party. For those who value slogans over solutions.)
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To: Impeach98

Arianna can afford to buy a clue, but it wouldn't help. Clues don't help dishonesty.


45 posted on 09/14/2006 6:41:44 PM PDT by auboy
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To: Impeach98
Un-F*#KING-believable! One of the few groups of Muslims on the planet who actually like and appreciate us, and she CRAPS ALL OVER them!!! What an ignorant slut. What a stupid f#$king bitch.

Anybody here who knows how to program: Set up a bot to flood her vile, filthy, sh!tty site with obscene comments until her server crashes. F-ing worthless c^nt.

46 posted on 09/14/2006 6:49:45 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: lesser_satan

I think that my father closed his business and rented out his home to go to europe and fight for her freedom. I guess that she is Greek, and Truman intervened to keep communists from taking over Greece after WWII. It irks me when Europeans don't value the freedom we bought for them enough to defend it and want it for others like the Kurds. This woman is now a hostage in the Soros gulag.


47 posted on 09/14/2006 7:00:07 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: ClaireSolt

I hate her like poison.


48 posted on 09/14/2006 7:02:38 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: Impeach98

Send Ariania to Kurdistain BUMP!


49 posted on 09/14/2006 7:08:35 PM PDT by AVNevis (www.cahsconservative.blogspot.com Great Political Discussion from the eyes of a High School Student)
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To: Impeach98
Huffandpuff could care less about those Kurds getting slaughtered by Saddamn. The only thing she cares about is her paycheck.

God Bless the Kurds

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters
50 posted on 09/14/2006 7:12:01 PM PDT by bray (Voting for the Rats is a Deathwish)
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