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“Iraqi boy in an orphanage drew his mother and slept in her arms”

From imgur.  This image almost brought tears to my eyes.  I am so disappointed in the lack of humanity in the Western press. The plight of Iraqi children not told.  So much for human rights bullshitery. [Update April 22, 2012: As a reader pointed out below in the comment section, this image seems to be taken from a public service announcement; not a genuine story. However, nobody is denying the monstrosity that took place in Iraq in the last couple of decades, and perhaps that blame lays not only at the Western media but squarely too at the American public as melektaus rightfully put it.]

"Iraqi boy in an orphanage drew his mother and slept in her arms" (imgur.com)

  1. Navigator..
    April 22nd, 2012 at 00:11 | #1

    You do realise this whole thing is a video public service announcement in Iraq- its not actually real? Oops! Reminds me of the story you did regarding the photo of someone being given a drink with a gun pointed to his head. And then you made up that he was an Israeli soldier too. You didn’t come out of that looking very good, so lets see how this works out for you…

    Did someone say bullshitery?

  2. zack
    April 22nd, 2012 at 01:03 | #2

    and with that comment, all the perpetrators of the American invasion of Iraq 200, and the enabling of the US press are automatically excused.

    Quit avoiding the subject matter; it’s about the conspicuous lack of US media coverage on the “collateral damage” in Iraq and the myth of American Exceptionalism that allows these cycles of wars to continue. If you’re too stupid to realise that you’re beyond help.

    But hey, i realise yinyang’s point might have gone over your head, given your posting history around here, but it really is asking too much to expect anything remotely intelligent coming from you.

  3. Navigator..
    April 22nd, 2012 at 01:15 | #3

    “and with that comment, all the perpetrators of the American invasion of Iraq 200, and the enabling of the US press are automatically excused.

    Why would I have to excuse anyone? Not only am I not white, or american, I’m also not in the media.

    Either the workers around here are sloppy, and didn’t check their facts properly, or they are guilty of the same kind of spin they accuse others of. Poor work- F minus Im afraid.

  4. zack
    April 22nd, 2012 at 01:21 | #4

    your obsession with race is remarkably revealing; why the desperate insistence of “i’m not white nor american etc etc” as if that’s supposed to somehow validate your obviously flawed point?

    Plus you fail at grasping the point of this particular thread; now i realise this might be hard for stupid people like you, but i’ll try to be patient and explain to you like you’re 5:
    y’see, once upon a time people understood that for journalism to work, and for journalists to take on the role of watchdog to keep the government accountable, they had to report things that revealed government wrongdoing. Sadly that was not the case, especially with the 2003 leadup to Iraq’s invasion.
    Now your homework for today is to fact check how objective any of the major US media outlets were with respect to the Iraq Invasion. There’s a reason the conduct of US media in the leadup to the invasion is used as a textbook example in media studies.

  5. April 22nd, 2012 at 07:53 | #5

    Of course you are not white, you are pathetic!

  6. melektaus
    April 22nd, 2012 at 14:33 | #6

    What has been perpetrated on the Iraqi people by the west over the last 20 something years going all the way back to the first Gulf War is a great tragedy. One of the greatest in the last 40 years.

    Even among so called liberals in the US, most will say that the war was bad but the example they give of why it was bad often don’t even include the principle victims, namely, the Iraqi people. These disgusting excuses for human beings often will say that Iraq was bad because it has killed 4,000 US soldiers and wounded many more and that the war has cost so much money but the 1.4 million dead Iraqis are rarely given even the briefest notice. The racism is so patently obvious.

    Let’s all keep in mind that >70% of the American public endorsed the war at the beginning. Almost all the media was endorsing it too. Americans have no problems forgetting or forgiving their own sins. They just move on with being occupied by their i-pads and Bigmacs and if they do remember, they pass off the blame to someone else (such as Bush or Cheney) and not take personal responsibility for the crimes of their country paid for by their tax dollars and democratically endorsed through the election of hawkish politicians. Yet, Americans also have no qualms about blaming other people for far less serious sins and sometimes even outright fabricating those sins when directed at others.


  7. pug_ster
    April 22nd, 2012 at 16:12 | #7

    The American propaganda was very effective in drumbeating the war in Iraq by showing Hussein somehow responsible for the 9/11 attacks, yellowcake, and chemical weapons (the same chemical weapons that was supplied by the US more than 20 years ago.) All this going on when the American propaganda never questioned about the validity of 9/11 and Saddam and silencing its critics. Iraq as a country has already turned back 20 years in development, millions died, missing or fled the country. All this for the black stuff underneath the ground. Meanwhile orphanages pop up like weeds throughout the country and at least tens of thousands of children are without a family, ready to be exploited. The use of depleted uranium caused adverse health effects of people in Iraq. This is the real tragedy of war. A few thousands of American troops dead is nothing compared to the suffering of millions of people who are still living in Iraq.

  8. April 23rd, 2012 at 11:35 | #8

    This pic is from a commercial or announcement but it does represent the reality in Iraq.

  9. April 23rd, 2012 at 11:52 | #9

    Yup. Have updated OP.

  10. Jon
    April 27th, 2012 at 17:20 | #10

    As an Asian American, it is astonishing how brain dead most American are. The constant negative news surrounding China, the next ‘human right’ pet project, the self-righteous indignation of other that I see so much in the American public.

    I am an avid news reader. After one pet project, they seemed to move on to another, from Iraq, to Libya, to Syria, to Iran, to China, etc…it never ends. The world have largely forgotten Iraq and her children, which is the sad part. There is virtually no human interest stories about the aftermath of NATO bombing of Libya or the Iraq war. Only some sorry SOB coming back from Iraq with his face blown of by IED’s. Am I suppose to feel sorry for a soldier that goes into another country to fight?

    It is really sad. Most American have their head stuck up their asses so far they start believing in their own shi.

  11. colin
    April 27th, 2012 at 17:36 | #11


    Well said. Sad that such is reality.

  12. Charles Liu
  13. zack
    May 6th, 2012 at 01:56 | #13

    @Charles Liu
    prepare yourself for apologists stooping so low as to accuse the Iraqis of inbreeding and incest as reason for those birth defects.

    i don’t know about you, but i sure as heck don’t see those sorts of birth defects around the American South, or amongst the Washington Elite.

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