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The Power of Freedom: Iraq . approximately 20k pieces . - Red and White stripes arranged radiating from the violent eruption of an explosion. Also radiating outward expanding influence and power. - Blue field with stars that have a slight resemblance to people or spirits ascending after death. - Explosion is that of total destruction. - Buildings more a metaphor of the space and place where people live their lives. The buildings also give a sense of place and scale. - The shadowbox takes the event and experiences and boxes it up as a thing. For most Americans, it is a event, boxed away like so many things. Cleanly packaged via keyhole newscasts and easy to forget. For them, a nightmare for generations to come. For recommended reading and documentaries go to: http://mikedoylesnap.blogspot.com/2012/06/power-of-freedom-iraq.html Listed there are resources on the following: 1 Abu Ghraib Betrayal of human rights, fairness and Geneva Convention agreement of conduct of war. White Phosphorous U.S. use of White Phosphorous which is a chemical weapon like Napalm; it melts people. New formula, basically same effect. 末末末末末 2 Uranium-tipped weapons Thousands of tons of U.S. depleted uranium (DU) tipped missiles (dirty bombs) used in Iraq/Afghanistan leave a legacy of cancer, leukemia, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning and record birth defects including limb, head, heart and nervous system for Iraqis to deal with. Following this discovery, women in Fallujah are told by city officials not to have children. Uranium is heavy and slices through armor handily which makes it highly desirable for the Department of Defense (DoD) to use.The relationship of DU to the growing health problems in Iraq is controversial due to: lack of study, misinformation from DoD, incomplete studies and new evidence coming to light and finally inflammatory, sensational reporting. You can decide. In any case something is going on. Following the invasions we have a large increase in the above medical conditions. More research is needed to determine all causes. In 1999, the Rand Corp. hired by DoD after congress demanded studies to be done dismissed the use of depleted uranium as dangerous. However, their study did not include combat use of the uranium where high pressure explosions turn this into a dust particle aerosol. The DoD began a program of misinformation by flooding different channels to confuse and put down the issue. A UN 2008 report from 2008 addresses a number of studies directly. 末末末末末 3 Media Pentagon uses marketing/media techniques (and contractors) to falsify testimony in media and in front of Congress. All our conventional media outlets (network TV and newspapers/magazines) have been controlled as a result. "Embedding" the journalists gives false keyhole impressions of the war to Americans (and Congressional leaders) as to why we are there, what we are doing, what WMDs we have been using and the extent that the horrific, nightmare effects playing out now in Iraq are related. --------ONE OTHER MESSAGE OF INTENT ---------- My take on life is that people are generally good and want to be and do good, but are confused. This due to so much information that is manipulated by others. It is just so hard to know what is real. The above points were new to me until recently. I knew things were very bad and wrong in Iraq, that there was torture and loss of human rights, but the extent of our violations did not make their way to me. Some closure is needed. Those responsible need to be held accountable. My hope is that this will soften some people's hearts to take a look at some of the points above (I have a link to my site where there are some recommended documentaries and writings). Perhaps someone will spread the news in a way that they can best do and better than I have to make a real difference. Mike


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