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Thursday, July 29

Iraqi Reality TV

We've read the stories about residential neighborhoods in Iraq being damaged or destroyed by the liberation process of the coalition of the willing. We've seen the pictures of parents holding their dismembered children in their arms and looking up to heaven asking god "why?" For many of us around the world with hearts and souls, we too asked "why?"

The evilness of Saddam Hussein was supposed to make what we did in Iraq ok according to the corporate owned journalists who sold their hearts and souls for a job in front of a camera. But those of us who read know that the liberation of Iraq cost a lot more than billions of US taxpayer dollars, the death and mutilation of thousands of people including our troops and America's good reputation in the rest of the world. The latter is one good reason that it's time for a regime change in our country.

I can hardly imagine living in war torn Baghdad. I can hardly imagine how I'd feel if a liberating force came into my town and country and ripped it to shreds killing family members and destroying our homes in order to free us from George Bush and Republican neocons. When I flip through the channels on my TV and see all the crap the media is feeding the American people, I can't believe it sometimes. We have the stupidest reality shows that only prove just how vapid our society has become.

Our vapid television ideas made their way to Iraq but with a twist. A good one. Reality TV has come to Baghdad. A new TV show called "Labor and Materials" shows houses blasted by bombs and local battles come back to life with new windows, walls, furniture and appliances in a surprising way because the show's host appears at the door of unsuspecting war victims and then they proceed to put the house back together. The goods are donated by Iraqi viewers at this time, not advertisers (although they are considering advertisers because of the enormity and expense of the make overs. But how's that for human spirit?

"The main point isn't to rebuild the house, but to show the change in the psychology of the family during the rebuilding," says Ali Hanoon, the show's director. "The rebuilding has a psychological effect on the families - their memories, their lives, are in these walls."

Unfortunately, according to the article in the Christian Science Monitor the bombings aren't over, the suffering isn't over and this makes "Labor and Materials" truly a reality TV show.

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