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March 21, 2003

NOT ALL FRENCH POLITICIANS ARE STUPID. SOME ARE PROPHETIC. Tuesday:

Liberation reported that Dominique Dord, a deputy from the majority UMP party, said during Tuesday's assembly debate, "We would look really stupid if Iraqis applaud the arrival of Americans."

Today:

"No Saddam Hussein!" called one young man. "Bush!"

Another young man named Abdullah cheered the arriving Americans. "Saddam Hussein is no good. Saddam Hussein a butcher." . . .

"Americans very good," a man named Ali Khemy said. "Iraq wants to be free."

Some of the townspeople chanted, "Ameriki! Ameriki!" Others put makeshift white flags on their cars and trucks. And many simply patted their bellies in a sign of hunger.

These are all scenes from the liberation of Safwan, Iraq a "poor, dirty, wrecked" town near the border with Kuwait. Before crowds of Iraqis, American Marines used their jeeps to pull down portraits of Saddam. Maj. David "Bull" Gurfein told the people of Safwan: "Saddam is done" and launched them in a cheer: "Iraqis! Iraqis! Iraqis!"

Like I said, prophetic.

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