Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Quotes of the Day

"We can't leave. If it takes a million f---ing American lives, we have to stay."
--an officer with a major U.S. security firm in Iraq, on the difference between Mogadishu and Fallujah, cited in April 12th Newsweek.

"Demonstrations are an important part of democracy but blocking traffic will not be permitted."
--Calls from a loudspeaker while US tanks pointed at a crowd in Firdos Square, Baghdad, from Naomi Klein's editorial in today's Guardian. She also writes: "At the front of the square was the statue that the Americans put up in place of the toppled one of Saddam. Its faceless figures are supposed to represent the liberation of the Iraqi people. Today they are plastered with photographs of Moqtada al-Sadr."

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