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Friday, August 20, 2004

Don't Bend It Like Bush 
In case you missed it, a recent Bush campaign ad shows the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan while an unseen narrator says: "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

It hasn't played well in Athens.

Salih Sadir Midfielder, Iraqi Olympian Soccer Team, from Najaf:
"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign. . . . I want the violence and the war to go away from the city, we don't wish for the presence of Americans in our country. We want them to go away."
Ahmed Manajid Midfielder, Iraqi Olympian Soccer Team:
"How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women? He has committed so many crimes."
Manajid, whose cousin was an insurgent killed by US soldiers, went even further, saying he would "for sure" be fighting the occupation as a member of the Iraqi resistance were he not playing soccer.

Adnan Hamad, Iraqi Olympian Soccer Coach:
"My problems are not with the American people; they are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the [national] stadium and there are shootings on the road?"

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