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    Wednesday, April 09, 2003  
    I awoke at 2.40 PM to the somewhat historic scenes on television of twos of Iraq's pulling down the statue of Saddam in Baghdad's Fardous Square – assisted by American troops who had taken Baghdad and taken Iraq.
    This is what I recorded on my dictaphone as I watched those scenes which appeared so promising at the time but were really as flimsy, hollow and empty as the tin shell statue that was torn down.

    Woke up at 2.40PM to see live television scenes of jubilant Iraq's in Baghdad celebrating the obviously apparent downfall of President Saddam Hussein and the liberation of their city and their country – events which culminated in the toppling of the largest and main statue of Saddam in Baghdad, and indeed Iraq, in the main square of downtown Baghdad, Fardous Square, at about 5.40PM Beirut time.
    Those iconic and indeed iconoclastic scenes of the tearing down and toppling of Saddam's statue reminiscent of equally historic occasions in recent history – the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of East Germany in 1989 and the collapse of Communism and the liberation of Russia and Eastern Europe in 1991 as the Wall came down and statues of Lenin and Marx were torn down.
    Hopefully we've also witnessed a fall here, not just of the fall of Saddam Hussein and his Bathist regime and not of the great and noble religion of Islam (which is obviously not going to happen) but, hopefully, the fall of the Islamic world's totalitarian despotic fascist regimes - which, unlike the relatively short blip in time that was Communism's seventy-five years in power, have been ongoing now for some fourteen hundred years.
    But, unfortunately, that's highly unlikely and improbable but something to hope and wish for as we watch these scenes.

    5:20 pm

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