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Iraqi's Thank America (Wow, this is moving!)
The Other Iraq ^ | 11/08/2005 | Iraqi Kurds

Posted on 11/08/2005 4:38:47 PM PST by Impeach98

"THANK YOU AMERICA"
I have the very good fortune to be working for a PR company hired by the Iraqi Kurds to help promote a media campaign that begins on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 here in the United States.

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.

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CLICK HERE to Watch the Ads


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ads; america; gnfi; gratitude; iracsaysthanks; iraq; iraqifreedom; iraqipeople; kurdistan; kurds; oif; procoalition; saddamhussein; thankyou; war
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Please watch the ads and then post what you think of them. Please also PING any of your lists as you see fit, and also keep this thread BUMPed through the week if possible!
1 posted on 11/08/2005 4:38:48 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98

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.


2 posted on 11/08/2005 4:45:58 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Impeach98

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.


3 posted on 11/08/2005 4:47:27 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Impeach98

I work with a Kurdish man. These people LOVE America for saving them from their long nightmare.


4 posted on 11/08/2005 4:48:54 PM PST by Owl558 (Pardon my spelling)
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To: Impeach98; rintense; MJY1288; RedBloodedAmerican; twyn1; kitkat; justshe; ladyinred; lonestar; ...

Hmmmm ... the Libs won't like this one


5 posted on 11/08/2005 4:49:32 PM PST by Mo1
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To: hsalaw
"The Other Iraq" is their marketing theme - it's the Iraq you don't hear about. The reason they chose that slogan is to break through the media's horrible reporting on Iraq as a war-torn country spiraling into despair.

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...

6 posted on 11/08/2005 4:50:24 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: hsalaw

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.


7 posted on 11/08/2005 4:50:46 PM PST by AMHN
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To: Mo1
"Hmmmm ... the Libs won't like this one"

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."

8 posted on 11/08/2005 4:51:18 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
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9 posted on 11/08/2005 4:52:07 PM PST by adorno
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To: Impeach98

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!


10 posted on 11/08/2005 4:52:20 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: hsalaw

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.


11 posted on 11/08/2005 4:52:35 PM PST by Cecily
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To: AMHN

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!


12 posted on 11/08/2005 4:52:43 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98

Why Wednesday!? Why not BEFORE election day??


13 posted on 11/08/2005 4:53:25 PM PST by mosquitobite (What we permit; we promote. ~ Mark Sanford for President!)
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To: God luvs America

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.


14 posted on 11/08/2005 4:54:02 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Cecily
"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."

EXACTLY! Well said and succinct. Thank you.

15 posted on 11/08/2005 4:54:27 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
Greats Ads!

I bet the libs and MSM will ignore them.

16 posted on 11/08/2005 4:54:35 PM PST by Jorge (Q)
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To: Impeach98

"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.


17 posted on 11/08/2005 4:55:31 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Impeach98

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!


18 posted on 11/08/2005 4:56:03 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Impeach98
CNN has rejected the ads for now. Can you believe it?

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

19 posted on 11/08/2005 4:56:41 PM PST by Mo1
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To: mosquitobite
"Why Wednesday!? Why not BEFORE election day?? "

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.

20 posted on 11/08/2005 4:57:47 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98; ohioWfan; MJY1288; mystery-ak; LUV W; Howlin; Miss Marple; pollyannaish; STARWISE; ...

AWESOME!!

MUST SEE VIDEO FROM OUR FRIENDS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN!!


21 posted on 11/08/2005 4:57:55 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: Impeach98
CNN has rejected the ads for now.

Color me shocked.

22 posted on 11/08/2005 4:58:08 PM PST by null and void (People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.)
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To: Impeach98
Brings tears to my eyes.

So wonderful to have dialog with the M.E. We've needed this.

23 posted on 11/08/2005 4:59:19 PM PST by GVnana
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To: Impeach98

Very moving..... I got goosebumps.


24 posted on 11/08/2005 5:00:59 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jorge
"I bet the libs and MSM will ignore them."

Yes, except there have been some exceptions. Like this article in Newsweek:

Newsweek Article on "The Other Iraq"

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.

25 posted on 11/08/2005 5:01:36 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: diamond6
"Very moving..... I got goosebumps."

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.

27 posted on 11/08/2005 5:03:22 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: God luvs America
So far it was via a phone call. The ads were supposed to run on CNN International and CNN Headline news. When they were rejected by CNN International then Headline News used the same "rejection" as to why they could not play in the U.S.

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.

29 posted on 11/08/2005 5:05:47 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: jimrob

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?


30 posted on 11/08/2005 5:06:49 PM PST by Impeach98
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marking


31 posted on 11/08/2005 5:07:29 PM PST by eureka! (Hey Lefties: Only 3 and 1/4 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: SoldiersPrayingMom

This will make you feel good I think.


32 posted on 11/08/2005 5:07:48 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: bethtopaz; Repub4bush

PING! We discussed the Sacramento City Council's absurd conduct recently. So instead of just the frustrations in life, I decided to share with you something more uplifting. Check these out. They should make you feel pretty warm inside :)


33 posted on 11/08/2005 5:09:31 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Rabid Dog

Ping!


34 posted on 11/08/2005 5:10:06 PM PST by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: Impeach98

bump and bookmark


35 posted on 11/08/2005 5:10:32 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Request or send care packages for/to troops at www.opgratitude.com)
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To: Impeach98
Let Freedom ring BUMP!


36 posted on 11/08/2005 5:11:46 PM PST by andyandval
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To: AMHN

The Other Iraq- as in- the one the MSM REFUSES en masse- to tell us about.


37 posted on 11/08/2005 5:12:02 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: GVgirl

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.


38 posted on 11/08/2005 5:14:20 PM PST by Riley ("Bother" said Pooh, as he fired the Claymores.)
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To: Impeach98

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.


39 posted on 11/08/2005 5:14:30 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: Impeach98; MS.BEHAVIN; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; tomkow6; StarCMC; laurenmarlowe; AZamericonnie; ...
Great Ads from the Iraqi Kurds....Thanking America! ***ping***
40 posted on 11/08/2005 5:15:11 PM PST by LUV W ( REMEMBER THE ALITO! Part of the Bucket Brigade.......Bushbot and Tony Snowbot!)
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To: ozarkgirl
Appreciate the post. You and I had similar thoughts on Spot 3 (which I articulated a few posts up).

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?

41 posted on 11/08/2005 5:15:59 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98; Caleb1411; BibChr

Bump


42 posted on 11/08/2005 5:16:35 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions, keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Impeach98

bump


43 posted on 11/08/2005 5:16:42 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: LUV W; Justanobody

Is this great or what?

Thanks for the ping.


44 posted on 11/08/2005 5:16:58 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Request or send care packages for/to troops at www.opgratitude.com)
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To: La Enchiladita

It is great....I saw your post AFTER I did the pingy thingy! Sorry!


45 posted on 11/08/2005 5:19:27 PM PST by LUV W ( REMEMBER THE ALITO! Part of the Bucket Brigade.......Bushbot and Tony Snowbot!)
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To: DrDeb

Awesome ideed! God bless our troops, and God bless the brave Iraqis.


46 posted on 11/08/2005 5:20:54 PM PST by WaterDragon
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To: Impeach98

Incredible ads. I love the child holding "light", it's wonderful symbology.


47 posted on 11/08/2005 5:27:16 PM PST by McGavin999 (Reporters write the Truth, Journalists write "Stories")
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To: AMHN
"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."

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.

48 posted on 11/08/2005 5:32:10 PM PST by norton (change in tag line... it IS about the CIA and it IS about CYA...)
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To: Jorge
Oops - I sent you Page 2 link. Here's Page 1.

The Newsweek article on "The Other Iraq"

49 posted on 11/08/2005 5:32:46 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: norton
Besides, I really liked the ads.
Its something I wish the Vietnamese had had a chance to do.
50 posted on 11/08/2005 5:33:22 PM PST by norton (change in tag line... it IS about the CIA and it IS about CYA...)
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