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Unidentified Iraqi Gets Around

Does anyone know if Stephen Glass enlisted recently? CNN points out that two statements released by the U.S. military about bombings in Iraq contained almost identical quotes by "one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified," even though the releases were in response to two separate bombings, over a week apart. About the July 13 attack that killed several children, he was quoted thusly:


"'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the children and all of Iraq,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. 'They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.'"
About Sunday's attack, which was against the Iraqi Security Forces, he said:
"'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified."
Well, sticking to talking points is an important component of "American-style democracy." Actually, if the Army made a mistake here, it's probably in thinking that this unidentified Iraqi was giving them a quote. These bombings are so common these days, what he said wasn't a comment, it was a standard greeting. You know, "Hello, how are you, they are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics and it's not the heat, it's the humidity."

'Enemies of humanity' quote raises Iraq PR questions

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