'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Pictures of a Few Tattered Demonstrators 

Time's blog of the year asks the following question regarding the recent demonstrations in Baghdad:

Yet, it seems, their ability to turn out a few tattered demonstrators is enough to garner headlines throughout the U.S. Why?

Umm ... call me crazy but probably because this is what the "few tattered demonstators" looked like:

The AP, among other sources, reported

Others acted out reports of prison abuse at the hands of American soldiers. Photos released last year showing U.S. soldiers piling naked inmates in a pyramid at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison have tarnished the military's reputation here and around the world.

For what it's worth, here's what that looked like:

Also according to the AP,

Protesters burned the U.S. flag as well as cardboard cutouts of Bush and Saddam. Three effigies representing Saddam, Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair - all handcuffed and dressed in red Iraqi prison jumpsuits that signified they had been condemned to death - were placed on a pedestal, then symbolically toppled like the Saddam statue two years before.

For the sake of completeness, here's some burning US flags, some cardboard cutouts, and some creepy effigies:

Photos via Democratic Underground

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