Images in the frontline
How the Zionist's Press manipulates and distorts
Failing to prove that Iraq ever posed a threat to world peace the Zionist strategists behind the attack and occupation of Iraq tried to justify their criminal actions by pointing to the selfmanufactured argument that the Iraqi people actually wanted the war and were jubilant and happy to be "liberated" by US troops, thus giving the war a moral justification.
To prove their point they would refer to images from the streets of Bagdhad as the US troops marched in on April 9th, 2003...
Doctored Photo from the London Evening Standard
From the Memory Hole Site
On 9 April 2003, the front page of the London Evening Standard (circulation: 400,000) contained a blurry image supposedly showing a throng of Iraqis in Baghdad celebrating the toppling of Saddam Hussein. What we are really looking at is an incredibly ham-fisted attempt at photo manipulation.
The source of the image is footage from the BBC. The Standard's paperboys were obviously allowed to clone and blur the image in numerous ways to make it look like a gigantic crowd. This was first exposed Simone Moore and posted on the UK Indymedia site. The image below is a dissection of the fakery by an IndyMedia user called Gnu and a Memory Hole reader called Daedalus.
The red circles show a man in a turban who appears three times. The purple circles highlight an unknown object that appears four times (it's smudged in its rightmost incarnation). The darker blue circles show two instances of an identical white object, disembodied arm, and partial male faces. The yellow ovals show a partial male face and another one or two objects that appear as a group thrice. Similarly, the orange ovals highlight some sort of conglomeration that was duplicated. The two lighter blue circles are around an indistinct blob that appears on top of itself, while the bright green circles show yet another man who appears twice in the scene.
The black circles show something a little different. Obviously, two different still-frames from the footage were used, because the man with sunglasses and white, open-collar shirt appears twice but in a different pose, as do the men on either side of him.
The green line indicates where the image was clumsily smudged in order to cover up the fact that it had been stitched together.
And take a look at the guy who's just to the right of center. His forearm is unnaturally long and very strangely shaped, becoming razor-thin at the wrist. What is this, a Salvador Dalí painting?
Below, The Memory Hole has cut and pasted the object which reappear. They've been placed side by side so that there can be no doubt that they show the exact same thing.
Naturally, The Memory Hole is incensed at this blatant lie--drastically altering a news image in order to present as reality something that never occurred. Yet at the same time we're doubled over in laughter at the sheer incompetence of this hack job. Truly, Stalin's propagandists were doing the same thing better in 1930.
Man in turban
A Tale of Two Photos
You have probably seen the photos of the statue of Saddam Hussein
being toppled, and TV footage of jubilant Iraqis rolling the bronze
head around, bringing back memories of so many previous popular
uprisings 1989, 1956, 1953...
If there is one thing this war has taught us all, it's that we can't believe what we're told. For Donald Rumsfeld these were "breathtaking". For the British Army they were "historic". For BBC Radio they were "amazing".
A wide angle shot in which you can see the whole of Fardus Square (conveniently located just opposite the Palestine Hotel where the international media are based), and the presence of at most around 200 people most of them US troops (note the tanks and armored vehicles) and assembled journalists.
The BBC website had the honesty to say that "dozens" of Iraqis were involved, but this grain of truth was swamped by the overwhelming impression of mass joy. The radio and TV were even worse.
This was a US Army propaganda coup, staged for the benefit of the same journalists it had bombed the day previously, and which the British media have swallowed hook line and sinker.
Shame on them.
The photo of Iraqis and Saddam Hussein's statue in Fardus Square that some commentators said were the war's definitive image
But things look a little different when seen in perspective
April 6th: Iraqi National Congress founder, Ahmed Chalabi is flown into the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah by the Pentagon. Chalabi, along with 700 fighters of his "Free Iraqi Forces" are airlifted aboard four massive C17 military transport planes. Chalabi and the INC are Washington favorites to head the new Iraqi government. A photograph is taken of Chalabi and members of his Free Iraqi Forces militia as they arrive in Nasiriyah.
April 9th: One of the "most memorable images of the war" is created when U.S. troops pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Fardus Square. Oddly enough... a photograph is taken of a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to one of Chalabi's militia members... he is near Fardus Square to greet the Marines. How many members of the pro-American Free Iraqi Forces were in and around Fardus Square as the statue of Saddam came tumbling down?
The up close action video of the statue being destroyed is broadcast around the world as proof of a massive uprising. Still photos grabbed off of Reuters show a long-shot view of Fardus Square... it's empty save for the U.S. Marines, the International Press, and a small handful of Iraqis. There are no more than 200 people in the square at best. The Marines have the square sealed off and guarded by tanks. A U.S. mechanized vehicle is used to pull the statue of Saddam from it's base. The entire event is being hailed as an equivalent of the Berlin Wall falling... but even a quick glance of the long-shot photo shows something more akin to a carefully constructed media event tailored for the television cameras.
Arpad Kovacsy writes: These are the current (4-21-03) covers of
U.S. News and of Newsweek (two of the top three U.S news
The U.S. News cover photo is attributed to Sungsu Cho of Gamma and is captioned "In Central Baghdad, a member of the U.S. Marine 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment is surrounded by jubilant Iraqis celebrating the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, April 9, 2003."
The Newsweek cover photo is attributed to Jerome Delay - AP (no caption).
Note it is the same guy in the same striped shirt kissing two different Americans. With all the thousands of Iraqis supposedly welcoming us with open arms, you'd think that Gamma and AP could have found at least two spontaneously happy Arabs to take photos of instead of posing the same Chalabi hack. I thought journalism was about reporting the news, not faking it. Stalin and his henchmen would be proud."
And as others have pointed out: note the similar titles, Winning the Peace. An indication, maybe, that they came from the same source?
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