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    Sunday, October 17, 2004

    The punchlines are getting louder

    Which side of the joke are you going to be on?

    Over at Sean Gleeson's blog posts are flooding in from participants in the Page of Atonement. There are more here, where the new submissions should show up if you decide to bookmark it. I am laughing as I type because I just realized that the reason this page exists is also to learn you but good: NEVER, EVER EVER TAKE A PICTURE OF YOURSELF HOLDING A SIGN ON THE INTERNET!

    For those of you who are not in the know, there have been a rash of people taking pictures of themselves holding handmade signs that apologize to the Iraqi people for their suffering. The Iraqi people have suffered-for a long time. And I am all for a personal apology from any US citizen who feels badly that the people we liberated suffered at all from us making them free from Saddam's tyranny. The whole batch of real apologies to Iraq can be seen here. But here's one of the originals so you can see how some of these "apologies" are worded:

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    So yeah, this made me mad. If you can't understand why then make yourself a sign and get a picture up at the Iraq Photo project. You've got a lot of apologizing to do, and I'm going to do my best to keep laughing. Here's one from the Page of Atonement to get you started. I might have to make one myself:

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    posted by M@ at 9:21 PM   3 comments links to this post


    At 10:25 PM, Blogger kimberley said...

    i don't understand it.

    i don't even understand the people who understand it.


    At 7:53 AM, Blogger Brian B said...


    They had to be Oregonians, didn't they? How embarassing.

    Dear America,

    I apologize for the anti-American stupidity of my fellow Oregonians.


    a Patriotic American in the Pacific Northwest

    At 10:35 PM, Blogger M@ said...

    Haha Brian! That gave me a good laugh...

    No need at all to apologize, it's people like those in the pictures that don't get it that one or even 5 people don't represent a whole state or a whole country.

    Just like the small number of Iraqi insurgents in Iraq don't represent the bulk of Iraqis, and just like a few idiots in Oregon who don't represent either you or me.

    I think it's terrible that now *we* are cast as the polar opposite of those leading signs-those who supported the *crimes* of our country against Iraq. That's why I said that I am for expressing sorrow that innocents were hurt in the process of bringing about a better world. Such is the way life has always been, and no one has to be happy about that. But sheesh, let's not forget that for most life has improved for the Iraqi people, and I refuse to entertain the idea that what the US did as a whole was a 'crime'.



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