I was listening to radio while this was going on. They took it down quickly, and put up an Iraq flag, then took it down. The reporter said they were being careful not to treet Iraq like a conquered nation, so they weren't putting up flags, but he didn't know why they took down the Iraqi flag.
My Mom and I were discussing news, and she had a problem with the US flag being put on the statue -- the more jingoistic reason, the one I'll share, is that she didn't think the flag should be desecrated by being put on a statue of *that* guy.
She also didn't believe me when I told her that I'd read online that it had been replaced by an old Iraqi flag, then finally the statue got pulled down. There are no photos (that we've seen) of the Iraqi flag on the statue, so she said "Don't believe everything you read online." But then the Iraqi flag on the statue was mentioned in other sources, so she accepted the account. (I'll explain that neither of us had been watching TV news. She can't get to the TV with a broken ankle, and I was too tired to watch anything last night.)
I think I was mistaken. Unless things have changed since I last heard, I think Drew was right that the looting was specifically of government offices/hotels
Perhaps I'm mistaken in my being mistaken.
I heard today that the looting was more widespread than that. Me confoozled.
for all his talk about creating a Stalingrad on the Tigris, Saddam Hussein did very little to actually prepare the capital for war. [...] now it looks as if he and his military planners were simply mind-bogglingly inept.
That's a relief. But now we have to take on Tikrit, right? And that's more heavily fortified... we think.
Prominent Shiite cleric assasinated in Najaf.
Apparently, though he was just about to deliver a pro-coalition speech, preliminary speculation is that it was not related to that but was an internal struggle for power.
There's a lot of that about. In Afghanistan in the last week, a friend of Hamid Karzai's was assassinated, but it was speculated to be one of those pesky tribal feuds and not an attempt to get Karzai, too.
"The dew has fallen with a particularly sickening thud this morning."
- Marvin the Paranoid Android, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
Rules for Surviving an Autocracy
Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen