: Zeyad has a too-cool story today. You’ll remember that he used his camera to shoot pictures of the Dec. 10 anti-terrorism demonstrations that were ignored by major Western media and the pictures got picked up by The Weekly Standard.

Now they’ve been picked up again:

This was scary. An American patrol was distributing leaflets in our neighbourhood today. This isn’t an uncommon practice. But the pictures on the leaflets caught my eye, and I nervously picked one up and looked closely. The pictures were mine, the ones I took on Dec. 10 at the anti-terror demonstrations. The writing on the leaflet said:

“The spirit of tolerance between different religions, political organizations, sects, and ethnicities is part of the democratic society. All Iraqi citizens are equal and free to voice their opinions. Respecting others will help make Iraqi a better place for all Iraqis”.

I sighed in relief. For a short moment, after recognizing my photos, I seriously thought the leaflets had to do with something from the blog and I was a bit anxious. I then started to get amused and I told one of my neighbours that the pictures on the flyers were mine, he smiled at me as if I was raving and said “yeah, sure they are”. Arrgghh. I AM OUTRAGED! hehe… Can I sue the CPA for printing my photos without permission? LOL.

Here is a scan of the leaflet and these are the original photos I took two months ago.

Whoever’s designing leaflets for the CPA has good taste in photos (bad taste in design) and owes Zeyad a syndication fee.

: In a moment of international kismet, I had just finished telling a long-lost-friend the story of Zeyad and his camera at lunch today when she went to the rest room and I, geek that I am, whipped out my Treo to check my email. I saw a note from Tim Oren alerting me to Zeyad’s post; pulled up in on the Treo, and read it to her. This, too, is cool.

  • Thank you for sending the camera to Zeyad.
    Your encouragement and support of the Iraqi bloggers living inside Iraq made them reach the stars.
    You have no idea how little freedom of speech we had under Saddam’s regime. My husband would make fun of me — while Saddam was still in power — for being afraid to criticize the Iraqi regime even though I lived thousands of miles away from Baghdad. I have family members still living there, I was afraid for safety.


  • angell

    Robert–has anyone trained you to look in a mirror and recognize a jackass?

  • Jeff B.

    For some reason, I would give money – up to a dollar, at least – to read whatever spectacularly inappropriate filth it was that Robert placed in his comment. Hey Jeff, care to give us a summary? I’m wondering what could have been awful enough to merit removal (I don’t doubt that McClelland is capable of something, but I’m curious).
    Just for the record, let’s make it clear: it’s Jeff’s blog and he can do what he damn well pleases with it. No talk of censorship, por favor.

  • Jeff B.:
    From personal experience I can attest that Mr. McClelland is of the opinion that all Iraqi bloggers that don’t confirm his worldview, i.e. all other than Riverbend, whom he holds in high esteem, are fakes or are CIA plants, or are, I’m not exactly what, it gets confusing. He’s also of the opinion that any Iraqis that co-operate with the coalition at all are collaborators who deserve to be killed. So, you can probably construct the post yourself from there.