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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Berlin Wall disparaged in Firdos Square

Every channel I switched to today was covering history as it was happening in Firdos Square. What made it more interesting was the commentary on each of them. The pro-war channels immediately recognized the spirit of liberalization in the 500-odd people assembled in the square and applied some logic and statistics to it to extend that feeling across the remaining few millions of Iraqis. The more mature channels, the few of them that is, were more cautious with their approach and speculated on the general feeling across Iraq.

However, Rummy's comparison of the tearing down of Saddam's statue in Firdos square to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall took the cake. Obviously, he missed the death knell of the Berlin Wall, else he would have known what a passionate crowd really is.


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