The United States is doing everything it can to fight their fears. All over the city, the occupying authorities have put up large billboards featuring bucolic scenes of date palms arched over a river bank. Inspirational messages are splashed over the pretty pictures. “Baghdad is getting better,” says one. NY Times, October 27, 2003
How odd this sounds. It sounds, for all the world, like North Korea, where big billboards tell citizens to love their government.