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IO: Stage Managing Toppling of Saddam Statue

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Published on Jan 4, 2007

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INFORMATION OPERATION:
Stage Managing Toppling of Saddam Statue
Remember this "historic scene" of toppling of Saddam Husein statue in front of a "crowd of jubilant Iraqis"?
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.

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