A Report of Gunfire

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in times of war, silence can be deadly...


Welcome to the production blog for the Lethal Theatre production of the show, presented at the Capital Fringe Festival, Washington D.C., July 2008.

09 July 2008


In reading or watching the play, some people have been curious about the section involving the fall of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square. Here are some of the sources we found to support that section.

This is the Los Angeles Times article that broke the story, "Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue". It cites an internal report by the U.S. Army explaining exactly how and why the statue fell.

Here is a segment from NPR's The Bryant Park Project on the fifth anniversary of the war and the statue's fall, titled "Reminder: Saddam Statue Was Toppled by Psy-Ops". The audio is available on that page.

Here is a Boston Globe article from 2003--from the day after the event itself, before any allegations of stage managing--that turns a cynical eye on the event, titled "Did iconic images from Baghdad reveal more about the media than Iraq?".

And here is a photo of the event as it happened, from the safe distance of the Palestine Hotel.

Firdos Square, April 9, 2003

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