teddy bears and toothpaste

According to Borzou Daragahi in The Indpendent on 10th January, “American officials insist they are winning Iraqi ‘hearts and minds’ by building infrastructure and venturing off their bases to hand out footballs, teddy bears and toothpaste.”

So we attack your country, kill perhaps 100,000 civilians, destroy your infrastructure to the point where water and power are less available than they were under Saddam, patrol your cities with jittery GIs who open fire on the violent and the peaceful alike out of sheer nerves, and irradiate the place for thousands of years to come with a gene-mutant and carcinogen weapon of mass destruction (depleted uranium) – but hey, we give you teddy bears! That’s all right then – it proves it, we’re nice people really.

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