Skip to comments.A note of thanks to those who serve [9-11 widow in Iraq - moving!]
Posted on 07/05/2003 1:05:42 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
Liberated from 35 years of stilted official TV glorifying Saddam Hussein, Iraqis are snatching up satellite dishes by the thousands. Cartoons, fitness programs, movies and commercials are flooding into Iraqi living rooms. These days, in fact, when a favorite show comes on, Iraqis on rooftops yell to neighbors to alert them.
Associated Press, 6/25/03
Please, find out all of Saddams crimes and let the whole world know about the reality of Saddam. He is the evilest man that I ever saw.
Basima Hamid, whose husband was hanged by Saddam for studying to be a sheik, Knight Ridder, 6/24/03
The Americans liberated the Iraqi people from a despotic regime from which they suffered a lot. The Iraqi people could not change that regime with their own hands or overthrow it with their available means. The Americans came and solved this problem quickly and easily and in a way that gladdened the Iraqis.
Baghdad Al-Balat, an Iraqi newspaper, 6/18/03
This is a new sense of freedom for us. We are not in a very secure society yet, but at least we can say whatever we like.
Firas Behnam, in Baghdad, Knight Ridder, 6/23/03
Saddam Husseins regime had banned free e-mail and live chat. Free e-mail would have dissuaded people from signing up for subscriptions to Iraqi Internet service providers. Now Iraqis are free to use the Internet as they like.
Knight Ridder, 6/23/03
As all industries are frozen, the Iraqis are now importing all kinds of things to make money. We are also no longer afraid that some official will force us to become partners and take part of our revenue.
Muhsin Saadoun, operator of a taxi company and importer of cars in Baghdad, Agence France Presse, 6/22/03
It was very expensive for Iraqis to buy cars and so the country was full of very old cars. The Iraqis now want to enjoy new cars.
A salesman in Iraq, Agence France Presse, 6/22/03
I will run for mayor. Because we have freedom.
Dhirgham Najem, a 23-year-old busboy in Najaf, The New York Times, 6/22/03
Interviews with dozens of Iraqis suggest that there is one force that unites them: an almost messianic belief in demokratiya.
The New York Times, 6/22/03
Look at Saddam here, they have painted his eyes. Now he cannot see anymore. We also tore all his pictures from our textbooks. I only left one portrait on my math textbook as a souvenir, but I put mascara on his eyes and colored his lips in red.
Salam, a 10-year-old boy pointing to an old mural of Saddam in Baghdad, Agence France Presse, 6/21/03
Why call us occupied? We are liberated.
Mohammed Hanash Abbas, co-owner of Iqraa bookstore in Baghdad, Associated Press, 6/17/03
America has shown us compassion we never had from Saddam or fellow Arabs.
Attallah Zeidan, co-owner of a small bookstore in Baghdad, Associated Press, 6/17/03
Saddam would not allow us here; he would slay whoever came here. Its freedom now!
Salah Maadi Khafaji, an Iraqi swimming in a part of the Tigris that had been off limits to ordinary Iraqis, Los Angeles Times, 6/17/03
I should have freedom to wear or not to wear the veil. I dont want to let these people dictate my thoughts. I am an educated woman. I am a religious woman. I know my duties to God.
Kawkab Jalil, a woman in Baghdad who decided to take off her veil, The Washington Post, 6/17/03
When I leave my job at night, I am very happy, very proud about myself. We must help the Americans, and show them our traditions.
Suhair Karmasha, the first Iraqi woman to work with the Americans at Baghdads city hall, The Washington Post, 6/17/03
It was only an Arabic ten-pin bowling competition, but last week's tournament in the Gulf emirate of Qatar marked Iraq's first foray back into the international sporting arena since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein two months ago. Mahmood Abbas, the country's leading taekwondo coach, cannot wait to follow suit. Now, for the first time for nearly two decades, Iraqi players and trainers have no need to fear beatings or imprisonment if they fail to secure a high finish in an international competition or if one of their team-mates defects on an overseas trip.
London Daily Telegraph, 6/15/03