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IRAQ HAS NEW MONEY

Posted by Sharon W on 10/11/03 at 09:43 (133600)

Will it make any difference at all??

Bush is trying to say that it is a major sign of progress -- they've finally started printing Iraqi dinars (Iraqi currency) that does NOT have Saddam's picture on the front. He is putting this forward as one of his important successes in the rebuilding effort.

I suppose it has some symbolic value, but it would have been far more significant if they had done it a month after Saddam had been ousted.

Here is the article, from Reuters:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&ncid=578&e=2&u=/nm/20031011/ts_nm/bush_iraq_dc

Sharon
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Re: IRAQ HAS NEW MONEY

Lari S. on 10/11/03 at 10:58 (133610)

I just started reading the book 'Weapons of Mass Deception' which details the Bush administrations use of advertising techniques to 'sell the war on Iraq'. I correspond with a Finnish exchange student that lived with me during our senior year in high school. She and her husband (German)are both political correspondents currently assigned to cover NATO in Brussels. (They have also lived in Turkey, Qutar, and Russia over the years.) It's amazing how their view of America and the Bush administration reflect the views expressed in the book. We are very insulated here in America from how a majority of the world views us. It's always interesting to see how a story is aired here and then get a much different point of view from Marit and Horst.

Lari

Re: IRAQ HAS NEW MONEY

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/11/03 at 11:46 (133621)

Lari:
The 'insulation' you speak of exists only if people focus on the mainstream media for information. The web has opened wide the flow of information from the foreign press.

The title of the book implies that 'deception' was used to 'sell' the war in Iraq. Every war we have entered involved the government having to convince citizens, often after an inciting incident.. Gulf of Tonkin, Pearl Harbor, sinking of the Maine and so on.

There is a substantial segment of the foreign press that opposed our involvement in Iraq. But there are also those in Europe who supported the US efforts and it seems to me that their voices have often been drowned out by the anti-US crowd.
Ed

Re: foreign press access

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/11/03 at 12:03 (133624)

Access to foreign press is almost limitless on the net...
http://www1.warsawvoice.pl/view/1243
Ed

Re: A view from Bulgaria

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/11/03 at 12:52 (133629)

http://www.bgnewsnet.com/story.asp?st=1025
Ed