Friday, August 20, 2004

Olympics - Part Deux

Remember that Bush/Cheney ad that sought to remind us that this year's Olympics include teams of two new free nations, Iraq and Afghanistan?

Here's what a couple of players from the Iraqi Olympic soccer team had to say about the Bush/Cheney campaign exploiting them:

Sadir had a message for U.S. president George W. Bush, who is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his latest re-election campaign advertisements.

In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir toldĀ through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."

Ain't freedom of speech a bitch, George?


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