Not to slow down the celebration as the Iraqi freedom train chugs into democracy station, but could the government maybe not champion the cause of looting quite so much? According to Donald "Stuff happens" Rumsfeld, freedom is untidy and, apparently, one of the important freedoms Iraqis have received now that Saddam's regime is gone is the freedom "to commit crimes." (Fun for the whole family: Read Rumsfeld's quotes from the article aloud, in a surly Rumsfeld growl!) At a time like this, I'm skeptical of the reported overwhelming pro-US reaction in Baghdad - the people shouting, "USA! USA!" might as well be shouting, "Free TVs! Free TVs!"
The Iraqi people may well be jubilant to see Saddam out of power, but it's tough to say if they're also thrilled about the city of Baghdad itself being out of power... and emergency supplies. Some Kurdish refugees interviewed on a local news program expressed negative sentiments about Saddam, which is kind of like hearing Seminole Indians on the news talking shit about Andrew Jackson.
Luckily, hotel guests won't be stomping on a tile mosaic of President Bush, anymore. USA! Free TVs!