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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

I ranted earlier about the nonsense in the press about the occupation being ended by handing over a piece of paper. Daily Kos has started a collection:
Washington Post: "Despite the end of the occupation …"

Knight Ridder: "Iraqis see hope in end of U.S.-led occupation"

Los Angeles Times: "…end of a deeply divisive American-led occupation…"

San Francisco Chronicle: "the U.S.-led military occupation had formally ended…"

Miami Herald: "…ended its occupation of Iraq…"

Associated Press: "…the end of the American occupation …"

Arizona Republic:: "…the 160,000 foreign troops in Iraq were transformed from occupiers into guests of a U.S.-backed government."
One of the comments on Kos' post quotes Jon Stewart from the Daily Show as saying "Our soldiers are no longer occupying Iraq, they're just tourists with guns."

It reminds me of a joke I heard that was attributed to Abraham Lincoln:
Q: If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?
A: Um, five?
Q: No, four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
And calling terrorists freedom fighters or vice versa doesn't change the reality of what they are, or aren't.