US troops had role in Saddam statue toppling: Report

A US magazine details the role of US troops in the toppling of the Saddam statue, one of symbols of Iraq invasion.

US troops had role in Saddam statue toppling: Report

A US magazine details the role of US troops in the toppling of the Saddam statue, one of symbols of Iraq invasion.

The statute was located in Firdos Square next to the Palestine Hotel where all the international media were camped out.

New Yorker's Peter Maass -- who was in Iraq covering the war at the time -- examines the iconic, manufactured toppling of the Saddam statue in Baghdad's Firdos Square, an event the American media relentlessly exploited in April, 2003, to propagandize citizens into believing that Iraqis were gleeful over the U.S. invasion and that the war was a smashing success.

According to the magazine, a 35-year-old gunnery sergeant in the Marines asked his commander if he could give some rope and a sledgehammer to some Iraqis who wanted to bring the statue down. When the massive statue proved a rather immovable object, the Marines used an armoured vehicle to help out.

As the battalion commander explained:

“What would that moment have been if we hadn’t? It would have been some B reel of Iraqis banging away at this thing and eventually losing interest and going home. There was a momentum, there was a feeling, this atmosphere of liberation. Like a kid trying to whack a piñata and he’s not going to get it with a blindfold on, so let’s move the piñata so he can knock it. That was the attitude — keep the momentum going.”

After a group of Iraqis began using a marine's sledgehammer and a rope to try to topple the statue, a live feed of the effort began airing live on every major network.

Maas says that "everything else the toppling was said to represent during repeated replays on television -- victory for America, the end of the war, joy throughout Iraq -- was a disservice to the truth."


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