this statue is currently on display outside the iraqi palace that is now home to the 4th infantry division. it will eventually be shipped and shown at the memorial museum in fort hood, texas.
this statue was made by an iraqi artist named kalat, who for years was forced by saddam hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of saddam that dotted baghdad.
this artist was so grateful that the americans liberated his country; he melted 3 of the fallen saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated to the american soldiers and their fallen comrades. kalat has been working on this night and day for several months.
to the left of the kneeling soldier is a small iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.
we know the answer to why we don't hear and see this in the news is the liberal media. not shocking; not controversial; does not support their view of truth.
With regards to statements made by individuals please read the reference pages and quote them in their entirety, In addition to the money there was another motivator in doing the initial statues of Saddam, "He said he took the job because he needed the money and was afraid of the consequences of saying no."
I found the statement in The Wall Street Journal article listed as a source on the snopes.com page. If given a choice between the integrity of The Wall Street Journal and snopes.com, the wise choice would probably be TWSJ.
The military articles do not paint an accurate picture of how the statue came to be; however, neither does snopes.com
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The Register Guard newspaper of Eugene, Oregon, Are you kidding me? Serioulsy, you are pulling my leg right? The 2% poll isn't even referenced as to where it originated. Again, please tell me you are kidding? This is not even an AP article it actually was written in Eugene, Oregon.
Again, you are speaking for the Iraqi people without any knowledge yourself. I have spoken with many returning veterans and for the vast majority their statements about the Iraqi people and the U.S. military run contrary to yours.
You keep speaking of Aya. Sistani, a Shia muslim, "is the only figure in Iraq who can command absolute support and obedience." You do realize ofcourse that a minority of Iraqis are Sunni muslim and don't like Shia muslims? This does not bode well for your statement. Not to mention the Kurds and turkmens in the North.
Abu Gharib is beyond shame and all involved should be brought to justice.
Last edit by maturner on Jul 1, '04