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Iraq Soccer Player Objects to Being Used in Bush Ad

Iraqi soccer player Ahmed Manajid is unhappy that President Bush has used footage of the Iraqi soccer team in a reelection campaign ads:

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself. How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."

In the ad, which you can view here,

.... the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

His team members share his view:

To a man, members of the Iraqi Olympic delegation say they....find it offensive that Bush is using Iraq for his own gain when they do not support his administration's actions. "My problems are not with the American people," says Iraqi soccer coach Adnan Hamad. "They are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the [national] stadium and there are shootings on the road?"

[hat tip to Smythe's World]

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