China analyst David Cowhig sent the following into CDT:
A News.sina.com.cn BBS had a posting entitled “What you certainly won’t see on Chinese Central Television” showing US soldiers in friendly encounters with Iraqis and Iraqi children. A wide range of responses. Some of the responses were:
— It is good to see both the good and the bad,
— All along we have only been able to see what we have been supposed to see.
— America toppling the Iraqi government wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for Iraq,
— This posting is just propaganda for America
— Look during WWII the Japanese made posters with their soldiers playing with Chinese kids.
— These pictures are not realistic. If anyone in the crowd were to make an unfriendly move, the US soldiers would certainly mercilessly spray
their Iraqi “friends” with machine gun fire.