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piciPod parody posters dubbed “iRaq” have gone bi-coastal since their recent debut in New York City. Several photos of the latest parody posters to hit the streets of Los Angeles include silhouetted figures holding various military weapons with the famous white cable attached; including a Russian AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenade and RPG grenade launcher. All posters are marked “10,000 Iraqis killed. 773 US soldiers dead.”

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21

My friends you are so right. Saddam Hussein was just a misunderstood patriot. He did not kill anyone, he was a man of peace. All those bodies found were manufactured by the West. No weapons of mass distruction, never even a hint that he was trying. No proof that he EVER did anything wrong. All lies made up by evil **** who wish to destroy my people… do not believe the lies! NO MORE LIES!

Posted by no more lies on June 11, 2004 at 9:14 PM (PDT)

22

“No weapons of mass distruction, never even a hint that he was trying.”

Where are these WMDs? Aside from the ones we sold him back in the 1980s and that we destroyed in Desert Storm or he destroyed soon after, there are none.

Posted by WMDs on June 11, 2004 at 9:30 PM (PDT)

23

“Oh by the way you, forgot China! Oh yeah I forget- no oil.”

Yeah, you’re right. China sucks as well. And they have no oil, but lots and lots and lots of coal. And around a billion people willing to make crap for Walmart for a dollar a week. And a “Communist” government that imprisons or kills them if they try to join a union.

And who says Communists and Capitalists can’t work together?

Posted by i am the boss on June 11, 2004 at 9:33 PM (PDT)

24

Dakman 2000, we are free because people fought for their freedom, not because another country invaded against our wishes and imposed the government they thought we should have. Your war is not the Revolutionary War.

As to another of your comments, hindsight is not always 20/20 if it’s possible for you to see the suffering and death that we have caused and justify it so easily. But those of us who spoke out against the war before it began (and thus were not speaking from hindsight) were branded as unpatriotic. I, for one, oppose this war *because* I love my country, and because the war is contrary to every value this country has ever stood for.

Finally, by invading a sovereign nation, we have created animosity worldwide that has undermined our own national security. We may well pay a terrible price for this war. Invading Iraq was not just morally bankrupt, it was also imprudent.

Posted by Latitude on June 11, 2004 at 10:09 PM (PDT)

25

i dont understand this article, is this a new apple product or something?  if so i think it is in very bad taste

Posted by bryan on June 11, 2004 at 10:25 PM (PDT)

26

You people make me sad.

Posted by stark23x on June 11, 2004 at 11:39 PM (PDT)

27

This is bad new for Apple, what the hell does an iPod have to do with the war in iraq? If I were apple I would be really pissed off now, all this is going to do is make people relate the iPod to the war in iraq somehow.

I am not going to give my opinion on the war because this an iPod website. I don’t understand why they used an iPod ad in the parody? Is it because an iPod is sleek, cool, beautiful, fashionable and desired by every man, woman and child in the western world like Bush?  these posters are mis-guided at best and at worst slanderous towards aoole.

Posted by Dave on June 12, 2004 at 12:37 AM (PDT)

28

Good luck everyone. No need for flaming. We all have opinions and are allowed to express them.

Posted by dakman2000 on June 12, 2004 at 1:53 AM (PDT)

29

These are great. If anyone sees them in NYC or LA, tear one off and send me an email, I’ll buy it from ya.

Posted by Kurt871 on June 12, 2004 at 4:15 AM (PDT)

30

I agree that it might be bad for Apple, but the posters don’t replicate the iPod ads because of the fact that it’s about iPods. The iRaq ad is a parody on the iPod ads simply because the iPod ads are simplistic and quite famous. In my opinion the iRaq ads are pure genious. I believe that the thought behind them is that you should at first glance see them as the regular iPod ads but then suddenly see what they are about. That, will make people stop for a second and really look and think about it. 

I stand neutral to the war in Iraq, but in my possition as a graphic communication and design student I think the concept behind this parody is genious.

Posted by Andi on June 12, 2004 at 4:26 AM (PDT)

31

I think the reason why an iPod was used could be because it is a symbol for materialism in the western world.  None of us need an iPod, we simply buy them out of our cravings for materialism.  It is this among the entire western world, that leads to so much suffering in the 3rd world.

We care about iPods.  We don’t care about poverty.  Or for that matter war, and suffering in Iraq.

That’s just what I think.  I have an iPod.

Matt

PS.  What about Zimbabwe - no oil.

Posted by Matt on June 12, 2004 at 5:00 AM (PDT)

32

Dave, your full of crap mate. “This is bad new for Apple, what the hell does an iPod have to do with the war in iraq? If I were apple I would be really pissed off now, all this is going to do is make people relate the iPod to the war in iraq somehow. ” What a load of bull. Are you wired to the moon or what. NO-ONE is going to see these posters and think iPod/Apple are involved with iraq….let’s boycott their products!! What a div.!

Posted by Stu on June 12, 2004 at 5:55 AM (PDT)

33

War is hell & new boss, yes you guys hit it right on the spot. War NEVER solves anything!

WWI, millions killed solved nothing.
WWII, tens of millions killed, then the world was split into West vs. East where tens of millions more would die over the next 50 years in the struggle between them (Korea, Vietnam, etc). And not to forget raping the 3rd world of it’s resources to fight those wars (Oil, precious metal, etc). War never solved a thing!

And now Iraq. Before the US invasion, Europe exploited the country for its oil. Made lots of back door deals with Sadaam. And where was the UN?? Many were in on the take! Now the US is there, rich companies get richer and the US taxpayer gets soaked. “Well they’ll get Freedom” you say?! Bull, they get more exploitation. Sadaam raped his people with the help of Europe, Russia, etc. Now it’s just Uncle Sam’s turn with their hand picked rapist. 

Matt is also right, you are all evil materialists! Shame on you! Give up your iPods and some of your hundreds (some have thousands around here) of CD’s and feed a few starving persons in the 3rd world. I don’t care what country you are from, you are ALL pathetic!

Posted by no war on June 12, 2004 at 6:38 AM (PDT)

34

no war,

(takes a bow)

Well said.

Posted by I don't wanna get involved on June 12, 2004 at 6:46 AM (PDT)

35

War never solved any problems in the past. But that’s generally speaking. In the perspective of the global community you are absolutly right, War didn’t do sh!t but bring mass death and consumsion of unthinkable quantities of precious resource.

But guess what? If you chance your viewport from global to nations, war sometimes brought huge success. Through war some nations was able to achieve tremendous growth. WW2 was a saving grace for the U.S. The effects of great depression in America was relived when U.S decleared offical entry to the WW2. The start of weapon production and their market to sell other war resources to other nations brought them great wealth. Fact was, people was now working and the economy was now being revived, again.

Roosevelt with all his social programs didn’t help America stand back on its feet, it was the WW2.

Posted by to 'no war': on June 12, 2004 at 6:57 AM (PDT)

36

Why is the war so wrong? surely more died under Sadam than during the war, and the only reason why the war is continuing is a few idiots blasting sh1t out of their own people and the army boys and construction workers out there who are trying to build the country into something that benefits the many not the few.

Thought that being human was all about helping others when they need it - and hasnt the oil been already signed over to the iraqi people? the only people who stood to gain from the oil situation was france and russia - who had already signed contracts before the war, funny that they didnt want it isnt it.

And probable reason they picked iraq to make an example of… once it has power of its resources (oil etc) it can quickly be turned into a wealthly, prosperous country - which will look good a few years down the line, whats the point in bombing the sh1t out of a place if it hasnt got enough money to get back on its feet and therefore would of been no better off?

incidently where were all you anti-war people whilst the thousands were being killed under sadam? why are you so concerned now about a few dead bodies? you werent then.

Posted by dead then, dead now, least some may have the chanc on June 12, 2004 at 7:22 AM (PDT)

37

You need to all get a life! If you don’t like it then vote in Nov. Enough said.

Posted by GetALife on June 12, 2004 at 7:25 AM (PDT)

38

WMD’s are now showing up in Syria (surprise, surprise) and metal scrapyards all around the ME and europe.  Even the uncompetent UN is acknowledging that…

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_1.html

Posted by VRWC on June 12, 2004 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

39

The iRaq posters are better understood as a subvertisement, where critics and artists use the language of advertising to subvert the consumerist messages of ads or to make a political point.  I don’t think these subvertisements have much to say about the iPod per se, except that their ad campaing is in many ways an overwhelming part of our symbolic environment.  These are really talking about the reality of war in Iraq, juxtaposing this reality with our false needs created by commercial culture (although I love and find great use of my iPod). 

So, this is a great and vivid way to practice free speech and be critical of the war by telling the truth.  And this is our job in a democracy - to speak, deliberate, and debate.  This is serving your country as well: to push democratic life forward. 

For more info on subvertising:
http://www.subvertise.org/

Posted by Pancho Urbano on June 12, 2004 at 7:53 AM (PDT)

40

More fertilizer from the World Tribune (surprise, surprise.)  The “article” refutes itself.

“The problem for us is that we don’t know what may have passed through these yards and other yards elsewhere,” Buchanan said. “We can’t really assess the significance and don’t know the full extent of activity that could be going on there or with others of Iraq’s neighbors.” 

A very “uncompetent” acknowledgement, I’d say. 

Posted by not myname on June 12, 2004 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

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