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Hassan Ibrahim: These insensitive Americans roll over everyone to get their way, and what happens to soft-spoken people like me? We get pushed aside.

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Samir Khader: Between us, if I'm offered a job at Fox News, I'll take it. Instantly. I will send my children to go to America after highschool, I will pay for them to go, to exchange the Arab nightmare for the American dream.

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Joshua Rushing: The night they showed the POWs and dead soldiers... it was powerful, because Americans won't show those kinds of images. It made me sick to my stomach.

[the previous night Al Jazeera had shown the same images, "equally if not more horrifying", but they hadn't affecting Rushing as much. Now he compares his reaction to the two... ]

Joshua Rushing: I just saw people on the other side, and those people in the Al Jazeera offices must have felt the way I was feeling that night, and it upset me on a profound level that I wasn't bothered as much the night before. It makes me hate war.

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Lt. Josh Rushing: It makes me hate war, but it doesn't make me believe that we're in a world that can live without war yet.

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Journalist: Who can defeat the Americans? They are so strong.

Hassan Ibrahim: The Americans will defeat the Americans. I have ultimate faith in the American Constitution.

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Rumsfeld: Truth ultimately finds its way to people's eyes and ears and hearts.

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Samir Khader: That wasn't analysis. That was hallucination.

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Lt. Josh Rushing: When I watch Al Jazeera, I can tell what they're showing and what they're not showing by choice. It's the same thing when I watch Fox on the other end of the spectrum.

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Hassan Ibrahim: Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a Sunday. Found some people living there and killed them all by Monday.

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George W. Bush: I was told early this morning that, perhaps, our troops were captured, and, if there is somebody captured, I expect those people to be treated humanely. Bill and then Mike.

Journalist: Iraqi TV has shown what appear to be American POWs and also what appear to be American dead.

George W. Bush: I expect them to be treated... The POWS I expect to be treated humanely and um uh just like we're treating the prisoners that we have captured humanely.

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Samir Khader: History tells us that human beings have short memories. Who thinks now in the United States about what happened in Somalia in 1993? Nobody. Who thinks about what happened in Bosnia/Herzegovina? Nobody thinks about that. History is written by the victors. All that will be left from this war are just scripts and some history books, and that's it. Life will continue. We'll go on. There will be other problems, there will be other things to think about. There will be one single thing that will be left: victory, and that's it. People like victory, they don't like justifications. You don't have to justify it, once you are victorious, that's it.

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