From Dutch site nieuws.nl:
Painting of Rumsfeld crowd puller in Baghdad
7 June 2006
(Novum/AP) – In Baghdad, this Monday an exhibition started of paintings which symbolize the Iraqi anger against the United States occupiers.
The biggest crowd puller is a controversial work which depicts US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The painter, Muayad Muhsin, was inspired by a photo of a sitting Rumsfeld in a plane, legs stetched, and the soles of his army boots pointed at the spectator.
“That symbolizes the soulless US power and arrogance”, the 41 year old Iraqi says.
He is very angry because three years after the US invasion, his country was divided and atrocities have become everyday life.
Muhsin and many othere Iraqis consider, apart from George W Bush, Rumsfeld as the main architect of US military actions in Iraq.
Rumsfeld’s pose – shoe soles showing prominently – is seen in the Arab worl as very insulting.
According to the painter, Rumsfeld’s general attitide shows thinking being right whatever reality is, and not caring about the rest of the world.
The painter is strongly against the US presence in his country, but also dislikes ex president Saddam Hussein.
He was forced to fight against Iran in the 1980-1988 war; and just one day after having been dismissed from the Iraqi army, he was enlisted again for the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
The best years of my life Saddam has taken from me, Muhsin says.
After the fall of Saddam, however, the US came.
According to the painter, they came telling beautiful stories and smiling broadly; however, they made Iraq into a nightmare..
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