Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Calm in Baghdad!

This fellow Howard Kaloogian, who is running for Congress in some district in California, wants to tell you the truth about what is really going on in Iraq. According to him, the main explanation for all the bad news coming out of Iraq comes down to the journalists, yes the the evil journalists who "are opposed to the U.S. effort to fight terrorism".

And what is his proof that all is peaches and cream in Baghdad? "We took this photo of dowtown Baghdad while we were in Iraq", he tells us. Have a look at the photo:



Now anyone who can distinguish between his ass and armpit will be able to discern that the above picture is not anywhere in Baghdad or Iraq. I suppose Kaloogian thinks that if you are fool enough to think that all is well in Iraq, then you would be fool enough to believe that this photograph was taken in downtown baghdad.

As of this moment, the above photo and the idiotic claims about calm in baghdad are still up on Kaloogian's site. In case he tries to erase the picture and pretend it didn't happen, I and many others I am sure, have taken the precaution of saving a screenshot.

I have also written a note to Mr. Kaloogian at his email of howard@kaloogianforcongress.com, and I encourage you to do the same. Here is the text of my email:

Dear Howard Kaloogian-

If you want to make the claim that Baghdad is "much more calm and stable" than what journalists portray it as being, you may want to make sure that the photo you post as your "proof" is actually taken in Baghdad. I assure you Mr. Kaloogian, this photograph is not in Baghdad or anywhere else in Iraq. Perhaps the reason you could not produce an authentic photograph is two-fold: First, there is no place "calm and stable" in occupied Iraq that you could photograph; second, if you and your entourage stepped anywhere outside the massively fortified Green Zone and/or U.S. bases, you would be attacked/kidnapped/killed before you had a chance to snap your photo.

If you really cared about the U.S. troops and U.S. citizens, Mr. Kaloogian, you would face the reality about the situation in Iraq and do your best to bring those troops back home.