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Voices of Baghdad Etched on Its Walls (Baghdad graffiti, most pro-Bush, MUST READ)
News Day ^ | 19 November 2003 | Samson Mulugeta

Posted on 11/19/2003 12:45:42 PM PST by Stultis

[...snip...] Thousands of slogans in the Arabic script snake across acres of gray walls that line city squares, apartments and office buildings, a perfect canvas for the outpourings of a population intoxicated by new freedoms.

Hussein loyalists shout their yearning for the deposed dictator - "Saddam will come again" - followed by the coda on the same line from a detractor: "Through my behind!" [...snip...]

"I walk around reading these writings, and some of them move me so much I don't know whether to laugh or to cry," said Amir Nayef Toma, 52, a retired radar operator in the Iraqi army. "You want to know what Iraqis are thinking? Read these walls." [...snip...]

"Some are ironic, some are funny, some are artistic," said Muhir Edan, a bookseller in the Old Baghdad section of the city [...snip...]. "Even now, some are afraid to say something in the newspapers. I am still afraid," he said. "But at night, in the cover of darkness, you can write what you want."

Edan's favorites are the back-and-forth graffiti repartee: "The masses are stronger than tyrants," one slogan declared. Next to it a skeptic asked: "When? Before or after liberation by the Americans?"

[...snip...] but mostly President George W. Bush is hailed as a liberator [...snip...]

Samplings of the Arabic slogans include: "Down Saddam the infidel and long live Bush the believer!" "A thousand Americans but not one Tikriti," referring to residents of Hussein's hometown.

Many taunt the deposed dictator: "Saddam the dirty, the son of the dirty, in which septic tank are you hiding now?" [...snip...]

"I like what I read," said Karal Nadji, a Shia street vendor who sells shoes. "We appreciate Mr. Bush. We're all waiting for the fruits of change." [...snip...]

Toma, the former radar operator, predicted the writing would stop in another six months. "We Iraqis are so full of suffering and bitterness, these feelings are just pouring out of us," said Toma, who has carefully transcribed more than 100 slogans in a small notebook. "Soon we will realize we can speak out freely. We don't have to write on the walls."

(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: goodnews; graffiti; iraq; iraqicivilians; liberators; postwariraq; proamerican

1 posted on 11/19/2003 12:45:47 PM PST by Stultis
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; concerned about politics
concerned about politics flagged this article in another thread. Thanks CAP! Unfortunately NewsDay has to be excerpted, but I got most of the good stuff.
2 posted on 11/19/2003 12:48:13 PM PST by Stultis
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To: Stultis; Coop
Ping. Great stuff....
3 posted on 11/19/2003 12:51:59 PM PST by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: Stultis
"Soon we will realize we can speak out freely. We don't have to write on the walls."



Stand by, History will record this properly
4 posted on 11/19/2003 12:55:51 PM PST by PeteFromMontana
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To: Stultis
New York Times Headline:

Bush Behind Vandalism In Iraq: Women, Children and Minorities Intimidated By Hateful Graffiti.

5 posted on 11/19/2003 12:56:33 PM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Stultis; 007Dawg; 11B3; 123easy; 1911A1; 7mmMag@LeftCoast; A44MAGNUT; Acrobat; Adam-ondi-Ahman; ...
Not a Washington specific topic but good to know that our fellow Washingtonians, the ones in uniform, are appreciated here and there. Maybe more so there.

Washington State Ping List

This is all known Washington State Freepers and interested parties as of 9/23/03
Less those who opted out
If you want on or off this ping list Freepmail me.

6 posted on 11/19/2003 12:58:35 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (After taking several readings, I'm surprised to find my mind still fairly sound.)
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To: Stultis
"A popular slogan comparing the politician with an Iraqi chickpea dish declares: "Neither Bush we want, nor Chalabi; we want beer and lablabee."

I could go for some of that lablabee right now...
7 posted on 11/19/2003 12:59:58 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: Stultis
Well, the good news keeps on coming.

I can't wait to watch Dan Rather tonight. I bet he leads with this story and has some Iraqi teenager talk about his liberator and hero Goerge W. Bush, thanking all Americans for the chance at freedom.

Then Dan will probably do a piece on the President's speech, emphasizing that the big protest was a big bust.

Then I bet he has a story on the Judiciary memos and says, "Some Americans are concerned that the Democrats have come under the control of far left wing extremest interest groups, and these memos prove that point."

Follow that up with a profile of filibustered Judge Brown, who speaks of being a conservative African American Woman trying to bring balance to the 9th Circuit. He'll probably try to get her to make some cutting witty remark about Jesse Jackson. (You know, just for a lighter touch.)

Dan will probably close the broadcast with a piece on Thanksgiving, and how many Americans intend to give Thanks for a more hopeful future and a brighter America than anytime in the last 10 years.

I can't wait!

8 posted on 11/19/2003 1:11:41 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: Stultis; concerned about politics
More truth and good news from baghad....thanks
9 posted on 11/19/2003 1:17:04 PM PST by Mixer
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To: Stultis
Nice to see more positives. I got a chuckle remembering the scene in "The Life of Brian" when Brian gets caught painting graffiti by the centurion: "..now conjugate the verb 'to go'.."
10 posted on 11/19/2003 1:22:44 PM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: San Jacinto
Don't hold your breath!
11 posted on 11/19/2003 1:24:25 PM PST by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
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To: Stultis
It looks like the handwriting is on the wall....
12 posted on 11/19/2003 1:26:03 PM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (Shake Hands with the Serpent: Poetry by Charles Lipsig aka Celtjew http://books.lulu.com/lipsig)
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To: Stultis
This one brought a lump to my throat:

"Down Saddam the infidel and long live Bush the believer!"

13 posted on 11/19/2003 1:49:20 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again...")
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To: CyberCowboy777
Perfect CyberCowboy Ping BUMP!
Hoorah for our President and troops!

Fine with me, Cyber. Wonderful news is good to share. BUMP for President Bush the Believer! :)
14 posted on 11/19/2003 2:12:18 PM PST by Libertina ("We're not establishing intimacy with these people, we want to crush them." Rush on rats.)
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To: Stultis; aculeus; general_re; BlueLancer; Poohbah
Tagline City.
15 posted on 11/19/2003 2:18:11 PM PST by dighton (Saddam the dirty, the son of the dirty, in which septic tank are you hiding now?)
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To: Libertina
I try not to use the ping to much - but this was worth it.
16 posted on 11/19/2003 2:53:32 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to feel.)
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To: Stultis; concerned about politics; MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; ...
Thank you, Stultis, concerned about politics!

Samplings of the Arabic slogans include: "Down Saddam the infidel and long live Bush the believer!"

~~~~~~~
They could have been killed for writing these words less than a year ago.


“For Mr. [Hayder] Mounthir, the fall of Mr. Hussein was like ‘taking the gag out of my mouth,’ and he was now free to put on his play again, without the threat of censorship.”
--Yochi Dreazen, reporting on a new play in Baghdad portraying Saddam’s atrocities, The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2003

“We have formed a first Cabinet, we have set up committees toward writing a constitution, and neighboring countries and allies recognize us. We had to gain recognition as an Iraqi body with an Iraqi will, independent of the coalition. The Arab League, the United Nations and the Islamic Congress have recognized us. That's quite an achievement.”
--Samir Shakir Mahmoud Sumaidy, Iraqi Governing Council, Knight Ridder Newspapers, November 9, 2003

“Security in the city's neighborhoods is perfectly all right. We hope Japanese businesses will also come here and reduce unemployment.”
-- Ali Dafaai, head of the Samawah city council in Iraq discussing plans for the refurbishing of a hospital, Asahi News Service, November 7, 2003

“Now there's freedom in riding. In the past, there were times when we were forced to lose or to let someone else win. Today, we ride freely.”
--Kasim Daoud, a jockey in Baghdad, Channel News Asia, November 6, 2003

“Despite everything, it's better than before. Of course we're optimistic. We have a saying: ‘If you are optimistic, you'll find good things.’”
--Haidar Ghazy, Iraqi clothing store owner in Karada, The New York Times, November 4, 2003

We don't have to bribe the custom officers anymore, there are no tariffs.”
--Iraqi used car salesman, ABC News, November 4, 2003

“It is what we heard often, the fear of the old regime is something that people here will never miss.”
--Jim Sciutto, ABC News reporter, ABC News, November 4, 2003

“You ask them about the future of Iraq, the majority of them, after complaining about all sorts of little things like the price of goods going up, you ask them ‘Is your life better after Saddam?’ and they say of course it’s much better.”
--Terry McCarthy, Time Magazine Reporter, ABC News, November 2, 2003

“Before people were afraid to come to Najaf, now they are coming and our earnings have doubled.”
--Iraqi business owner, ABC News, November 3, 2003

“I can teach what I want and I am earning $180 a month instead of $13.”
--Iraqi teacher, ABC News, November 3, 2003

The best thing about life now is freedom. You can say anything, go anywhere.”
--Haider Kadhim, internet-café consultant from Basra, Time, November 10, 2003

“We made sacrifices for this freedom. [Freedom will last] forever, I think. And it’ll be better after a month, and after a year, much better. I think so.”
--Ayad Abdul Kareem Muhssin, who lost his newborn daughter after his wife went into premature labor during the bombing of Baghdad, Time, November 10, 2003

VOICES OF FREEDOM
Quotes from the grateful Iraqi people. Y

17 posted on 11/19/2003 3:28:47 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl (if SH is behind the current activities it will b the 4th war that he's lost in 20 yrs.~Gen. K, 11/18)
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To: Stultis
I hope that some enterprising Iraqi photographer will record this for posterity. It would make a wonderful book someday.
18 posted on 11/19/2003 4:37:52 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
must read btttt
19 posted on 11/19/2003 4:40:12 PM PST by ellery
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great news from Baghdad!
20 posted on 11/19/2003 5:04:53 PM PST by blackie
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To: Stultis
Good read--thanks.

Sending the article to a friend.
21 posted on 11/19/2003 5:09:39 PM PST by k2blader (Haruspex, beware.)
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To: Stultis
Great article about something most of us hadn't even considered, although grafitti has been with us from the dawn of time (the Pyramids, Pompei, etc.) and is a pretty revealing form of communication. Thanks for posting.
22 posted on 11/19/2003 5:10:51 PM PST by livius
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To: San Jacinto
You better call Rush and find out where that drug treatment center is! ;^)
23 posted on 11/19/2003 6:11:53 PM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: Stultis
A while back I saw an Iraqi doctor and his wife interviewed on network tv. It was remarkable in it's simplicity. The doctor translated his wife's comments. She said, "If Saddam returned, he would find that his countrymen have changed. Now we can speak what we are thinking and it brings a feeling of great happiness."
24 posted on 11/19/2003 6:23:04 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: TigersEye
Unfortunately, I missed seeing Dan again tonight. I think that makes 21 years in a row now.

Don't tell me he didn't cover those stories! I'm shocked! I just saw last week he won an award for fair reporting. Who gave it to him?- Cronkite or Castro?

25 posted on 11/19/2003 6:24:39 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
They could have been killed for writing these words less than a year ago.

All that needs to be said in your words. Beautiful.

26 posted on 11/19/2003 6:42:24 PM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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To: BOBTHENAILER; ohioWfan; mystery-ak; ALOHA RONNIE; Jeff Head
From hearts to walls to newday...truth just has a way of seeping thru the cracks. The way I figure it-God is moving through the side window again, creating hope and peace, and surely, blessing those who speed the process.

A few weeks ago, I realized that the enemy I fear the most, is our mainstream press and those in power there who eliminate the news our nation deserves to hear, especially those who have husbands or sons serving so courageously for each of us, every second of the day surrounded by the danger of the unknown strike.

Our citizens, who pay for this fight so dearly, experiencing the anxiety of having loved ones serving in our military, as well of those of us who simply pay for this fight against terrorism with our own earned money-taxes-are so CHEATED by not hearing about the marvels on the walls, created in darkness and so full of hope, by the Iraqi people.

Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Katie Couric, Charley Gibson, Wolf Blitzer, etc., are my enemies, as well as the legion behind them who practice the elimination of the full story.

Just imagine an America where the bad is balanced by the good or the FULL STORY, in our media.

Imagine the increase in honor our deserving military people would experience, imagine the resolve and coming together' our nation would experience. And even tho there would still be disagreement, there would be a true accounting of events from which to build upon.

That many Iraqi's are rejoicing should be written upon the hearts of every American, most especially those who have genuinely sacrificed.

27 posted on 11/19/2003 6:58:56 PM PST by Republic
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To: Stultis
"Saddam the dirty, the son of the dirty, in which septic tank are you hiding now?"
28 posted on 11/19/2003 7:00:58 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Republic; Alamo-Girl
WALTER CRONKITE - Year 2000

"The Southern States should all secede from the Union"




WALTER CRONKITE - Year 1968

"I am against the Vietnam War"




WALTER CRONKITE - Year 2002

"Now DAVID LETTERMAN, you just lay off my friend HILLARY in your TV Interview with her or you'll answer to me"




WALTER CRONKITE - Year 2004

Presidential Candidate HILLARY's No. 1 Media Defensive Linebacker


The Enemy is now Within...
and always has been.
29 posted on 11/19/2003 7:31:21 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: Republic
Beautiful, Republic. Thank you......through tears.
30 posted on 11/19/2003 7:44:49 PM PST by ohioWfan (Have you prayed for your President today?)
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To: PeteFromMontana
Soon we will realize we can speak out freely. We don't have to write on the walls.

Yeah. That one gave me chills too.

31 posted on 11/19/2003 7:51:14 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
32 posted on 11/19/2003 8:32:07 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for the ping!
33 posted on 11/19/2003 8:58:12 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: San Jacinto
...some Iraqi teenager talk about his liberator and hero Goerge W. Bush...

After reading that I thought of a slogan for the war protesters: SOME say he lied, M say he liberated Iraq and Afganistan.

The other slogan I already use is: "LIARS say Bush Lied".
34 posted on 11/19/2003 9:36:57 PM PST by American Sovereignty Defender (Keep America Red, White, and Blue!)
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To: San Jacinto
...some Iraqi teenager talk about his liberator and hero Goerge W. Bush...

(correction) After reading that, I thought of a new slogan for the war protesters: SOME say he lied, MILLIONS say he liberated (Iraq and Afganistan).

The other slogan I already use is: "LIARS say Bush Lied".
35 posted on 11/19/2003 9:40:08 PM PST by American Sovereignty Defender (Keep America Red, White, and Blue!)
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To: Stultis; Ragtime Cowgirl
Thank you for posting this, Stultis!
And thanks soooo much for the ping, RC!

Perfect for mass e-mailing, which I just did.
36 posted on 11/19/2003 11:46:34 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: Stultis
It's a sure bet you we won't be reading this on the front page of our major newspapers, eh?
37 posted on 11/20/2003 1:33:08 AM PST by ppaul
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To: eureka!; Ragtime Cowgirl
Good to hear. Thanks for the ping!
38 posted on 11/20/2003 4:22:27 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump to great quotes!
39 posted on 11/20/2003 5:01:06 AM PST by windchime
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To: Stultis
This should go right into the Bush campaign in 2004.

Maybe a split screen, one side with Dean going on and on about how horrible it was for us to go in Iraq.

The other side a camera panning wall after Iraqi wall with all the inscriptions translated in subtitles at the bottom of the screen.

There's so much wonderful material for campaign ads out there! I hope the Republicans are imaginative enough to use a lot of it.
40 posted on 11/20/2003 5:05:45 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Republic
The way I figure it-God is moving through the side window again, creating hope and peace, and surely, blessing those who speed the process.

Very well said.

41 posted on 11/20/2003 6:29:36 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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To: radu
Bump!
42 posted on 11/20/2003 1:08:25 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl (If SH is behind the current activities it will be the 4th war that he's lost in 20 yrs.~Gen K *11/18)
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To: Billthedrill
"Soon we will realize we can speak out freely. We don't have to write on the walls."

A wonderful thing to look forward. Where there is hope - there is promise!

43 posted on 11/20/2003 8:21:37 PM PST by LADY J
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To: Travis McGee
"Saddam the dirty, the son of the dirty, in which septic tank spider hole are you hiding now?"
44 posted on 12/16/2003 1:50:21 PM PST by Stultis
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To: Stultis
Actually his vermin infested rat hole was pretty close to being a septic tank.
45 posted on 12/16/2003 5:02:11 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
I understand the vermin turned him in because his odor was beginning to offend...
46 posted on 12/16/2003 5:03:25 PM PST by Poohbah ("Beware the fury of a patient man" -- John Dryden)
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