Skip to comments.Iraqi's Thank America (Wow, this is moving!)
Posted on 11/08/2005 4:38:47 PM PST by Impeach98
Tomorrow is the launch of a TV ad campaign where the Iraqi Kurds say "Thank You" to America for liberating them from the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein. Please watch the ads and post your thoughts.
"Thank You America" is the first of 3 ads that will run in the United States (beginning on Fox News Channel) and then thanking British and American troops in Europe and the Middle East.
These are wonderful ads - I really liked the one with the guy with the purple finger. But I do have a question: Why is Kurdistan "the other Iraq"? Does this mean we liberated them as well as Iraq? Probably this is explained on the site; I'll go there and review it again. Thanks.
Okay; I think I answered my own question. Kurdistan is a region in Iraq, so these are Iraqis too (?), but still not clear as to why it's the "other" Iraq. Hmmmm. I really liked the ads, though.
I work with a Kurdish man. These people LOVE America for saving them from their long nightmare.
Hmmmm ... the Libs won't like this one
The Kurds resent that. There are many different regions in Iraq that are peaceful and moving forward (including Southern Iraq). And the violence you hear about is limited to pockets in the country.
Thus, they want people to know there's an Iraq you don't hear about from CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, etc...
Nice ads, but are they a prelude to separation? The other Iraq? Fall in love with a warm message then we're hook to feel for them when they separate. I hope not but makes me wonder.
Yeah, it should be an interesting week for us here in the office as this campaign gets going (there's also a giant ad in the Washington edition of the Wall Street Journal tomorrow with the header "Thank You America."
unbelievable....we should group some funds together and make sure these ads get played on CNN right after those sc^mbags from Moveon run their POS propaganda!
I think they are the "other" Iraq that is fairly quiet and normal. The lamestream media is only interested in Kurdistan when a car bomb goes off in Kirkuk or Mosul.
Nope nope - I just posted the explanation to hslaw about what "The Other Iraq" means. The Kurds view themselves as the model for the nation. They think that the system of democracy, free markets, etc... that they have built and are building can be a pathway for the entire nation. Remember the Iraqi PM (Talabani) is a Kurd!
Why Wednesday!? Why not BEFORE election day??
CNN has rejected the ads for now. Can you believe it? The Kurds here in the U.S. are actually putting together funding to do additional waves of advertising here in the U.S. But for the general public they just ask that people hear their words of thanks and learn more about what they've been doing in the largely peaceful enclave of Iraqi Kurdistan.
EXACTLY! Well said and succinct. Thank you.
I bet the libs and MSM will ignore them.
"The Other Iraq" is their marketing theme - it's the Iraq you don't hear about."
That's an excellent theme - and I heartily agree that there's an Iraq we hear nothing about. But as an honest reaction, I was a little confused by the references to Kurdistan and "the Other Iraq" at first, thinking maybe it was a different country. And I do try to stay somewhat in touch with activities in Iraq (which is why I'm a FReeper), so if I was confused, I'd have to say a lot of people who don't know anything will be, too. It's a great idea, though, to present another view of Iraq, and I totally approve. The "thank you" ad really touches the heartstrings. Excellent work by all involved.
do you have a copy of a rejection letter or can you get one?? that would be great to send to a place such as MRC.....
Or hel....we'll just post it here!
Sadly ... Yes I can
The Kurds here in the U.S. are actually putting together funding to do additional waves of advertising here in the U.S. But for the general public they just ask that people hear their words of thanks and learn more about what they've been doing in the largely peaceful enclave of Iraqi Kurdistan.
It's nice to hear a Thank You ... and many will hear their words .. regardless of CNN
Trust me, they have wanted to be up with these for months, but it takes a lot of work to get everyone on the same page - realize they have an enormous amount to overcome in Iraq and it is amazing they were able to get this far in the program. There are so many people who want to see failure for Iraq, and the Iraqi Kurds had actually hoped to get this ad campaign up a month ago (before the Iraqi elections) as it is, this was the last chance this year - to get them on before the December constitutional elections in Iraq.
MUST SEE VIDEO FROM OUR FRIENDS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN!!
Color me shocked.
So wonderful to have dialog with the M.E. We've needed this.
Very moving..... I got goosebumps.
Yes, except there have been some exceptions. Like this article in Newsweek:
Also, we are now booking the Kurdish representative - Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative - for radio and TV interviews around the nation.
Me too! My favorite is obviously the "Thank You America" - but that 3rd ad about them building a future, it just strikes at the basic issues of humanity that differentiate "us" and the terrorists. Those people who reject the path of fear and terror and instead chose to build a future of hope and freedom for themselves and their children - it's what both we in the West and the Kurds in Iraq (and many others in Iraq I might add) have in common.
We are still appealing and hope to change their minds.
What I think this all gets down to is CNN is probably very afraid that they would get a vociferously negative reaction from those most opposed to Operation Iraqi Freedom - especially overseas, and so they are hoping to avoid the controversy.
Don't worry - we are still beating our head agains the cement wall to prevail.
I don't know how any liberal in good conscience could look at these people and deny them their dream.
We often have so much that gets us worked up. Isn't it nice when there is something that simply brings a good feeling to the heart and soul?
This will make you feel good I think.
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The Other Iraq- as in- the one the MSM REFUSES en masse- to tell us about.
The media won't run them- because it doesn't serve the 'get Bush' agenda.
If the exact same sequence of events had taken place with Clinton in the White House (fat chance), the MSM would be tripping over itself to highlight the good and minimize the bad news out of Iraq.
Ok, I've watched them. I really like #3.
If America/Iraq were smart they would run more of these types of ads in America and abroad. I believe there's a place in non profit ad situations where these could be done. We need to start using the MSM to our advantage. I like #3 because it speaks of hope and rebuilding. Even as an American, I think #1 is a little condescending, it was the "thank you America" one. #2 just wasn't exciting.
One question. What did you mean by:
"need to start using the MSM to our advantage. I like #3 because it speaks of hope and rebuilding."
Condescending towards who?
Is this great or what?
Thanks for the ping.
It is great....I saw your post AFTER I did the pingy thingy! Sorry!
Awesome ideed! God bless our troops, and God bless the brave Iraqis.
Incredible ads. I love the child holding "light", it's wonderful symbology.
I'll stick with the other explanation, the "other" Iraq is all of Iraq that is working and gaining ground, and not making headlines in the west.
In order to be a prelude to separation the Kurds would have to anticipate civil war in both Iraq and Turkey - they are not likely to be considering anything of the sort. At least not unless a decade or so of relative democracy fails to bring the rest of the region up to standards they have established during the previous decade or so.
It's kind of up to the rest of Iraq to take advantage of an established model (other than Israel) and up to turkey to avoid acting like Saddam in its own Kurdish regions.