Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Everything that you wanted to know about Baghdad, but were afraid to ask.

Watching a very cool 14-minute trailer for "About Baghdad", a documentary that will be released in the next few months.

One of the most telling scenes was filmed at the Iran-Iraq War Memorial in Baghdad, which was surrounded by army vehicles. The walls of the memorial were covered in parts with duct-taped flyers, while the documentarian talked to a US soldier stationed onsite.

documentarian: "What is that?" (pointing to a flyer)
soldier: "That's a parking space sign."
documentarian: "And these (pointing to the Arabic text around and underneath the flyers) are the names of... people who died, right?!"

I don't know about you, but to me this doesn't sound like cultural insensitivity as much as blind arrogance. In the unlikely event that the U.S. is ever occupied by a foriegn power, we can only hope that the Vietnam Memorial doesn't suffer the same humiliation.

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