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Army Seeks to Demonstrate That Troops Are 'Liberators'
By BERNARD WEINRAUB
WITH V CORPS HEADQUARTERS near the Kuwait border, April 10 — Officers whooped and hollered on Wednesday in the Army's command center as they watched the televised scene of a United States Marine draping an American flag over the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
But then there were second thoughts.
Today, the Army, seeking to demonstrate that its troops in Iraq are "liberators" and not "conquerors" barred any display of the American flag on vehicles, buildings, statues, and command posts.
The order, which effectively halts the display of the flag virtually anywhere in Iraq, except the United States Embassy, said that flying the flag on buildings in Iraq would only reenforce the anti-American message that the military was "here to oppress the Iraqis."
In issuing the order today, the United States tacitly acknowledged that it was deeply concerned about the perception, among Arabs and others, that American soldiers and Marines in Iraq were being seen as an occupation force who would rule Baghdad for year. Displaying the flag would reinforce that image, officers said. "It's an issue of perception, it's an issue of decorum," General William S. Wallace, the V Corps commander, told his staff this morning.
At the start of the war, the Coalition Forces Land Component Command , at Camp Doha, near Kuwait City, ordered soldiers, Marines and Air Force personnel not to place the American flag on vehicles or buildings. The order was loosely followed.
But then came the the dramatic moment on television on Wednesday, when the marine briefly unfurled the American flag on the face of the statue. The command center, comprised most of mid-level and senior officers, seemed to burst into enthusiastic shouts and applause. Moments later, the marine removed the flag, apparently on orders from a superior.
Today, Brig. Gen Daniel A. Hahn, the V Corps chief of staff, said that it was perfectly natural for American soldiers to seek to carry the American flag and place it at various sites in Iraq. "It's a source of great pride," said General Hahn."It's seen as like a gift to Iraq."
But General Hahn said that sensitivity to Iraqi pride and nationalism was foremost in the minds of the American military, as the United States helps Iraq reshape the Government. "We don't want to flaunt our power," said General Hahn.
There are more than 195,400 American troops in the Iraqi theater of war, which includes Kuwait.
The message sent today to Army commanders from General Wallace, followed his comments made to his officers that the "open display" of American flags in Iraq by soldiers was "not appropriate."
"The Iraqi people should know that we're not here to occupy this country of Iraq," General Wallace said.
The order sent out to the Army officers in Iraq and Kuwait said that "U.S./coalition forces continue operations to remove/disarm the Saddam regime and liberate Iraq. Displaying the American flag counters the perception that we are liberators and allows enemy and other bad actors to use the images of our flags prominently displayed to reinforce their message that the U.S. is here to oppress the Iraqis."
The message added: "The pride and patriotism of V Corps soldiers is beyond question and the motivation to display our flag is understandable."
The message added: "In this environment the display of our flag is not helpful."
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