The Information Clearing House has a useful set of photos showing the toppling of that statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad last week as a media-staged event. While life imitating art has been been around for quite a while, the Iraq conflict seems more and more like life imitating a “making of” documentary. And while there certainly will be Gulf War II documentaries in the offing (“making of’s” and otherwise) , it can’t be long until there are a wartime equivalents to Behind The Music, with former Marines, embedded reporters, Iraqi ministers, and Haliburton employees tearfully recounting their tales of triumph, decline, and redemption.

- Ed Osborn [Thursday, April 17th, 2003]


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