Okay, I did my little evil scenario blog the other day. Next morning, out of feckin’ nowhere, ABC News (Diane Sawyer Division) is doing this story in southern Iraq, I think, where people were happy to be liberated (they hate Saddam), but were already bitching about where’s the humanitarian aid. One guy they have on camera is saying there’s no food, my kids don’t have food, my woman doesn’t have food, etc. It’s the US’ fault. Already, and that’s in an area where they’re hoping to see Saddam dead.
So this morning on ABC News, they report that several trucks with food have rolled into this one “liberated” area. Iraqis are swarming around the trucks, waves of them fighting to get their hands on the food, and they’re all chanting. The reporter at first thinks they’re chanting something about how they’re happy we’re there, but his translator turns around and says, no, they’re chanting something about how they’ll gladly die for Saddam.
The crowd was evidently split into two groups:
- those who support Saddam and don’t want us there, but will take our food anyway, and
- those who support Saddam and don’t want us there, and would rather starve than take our food.
We might want to hold off on planning the ticker-tape parade through downtown Baghdad for a few more days, because so far ain’t nobody throwing rose petals beneath our feet.