AP is still calling these terrorists insurgents. Even after the slaughters that have been discovered. This find doesn't surprise me, but it gives a little window into the propaganda being spread.
Leaflets urging people to "count all the American tanks you see and report them to us" were strewn across the courtyard of a two-story building that doubled as a hospital for those who fought U.S. troops in this former insurgent stronghold.
The leaflets were unsigned and unnoticed until the Marines' Iraqi interpreter, nicknamed Sam, picked one up over the weekend as his unit was searching for weapons in the building, which was the local headquarters of the Iraqi Islamic Party.
"To stop American tanks, you must trust your religion," the leaflets read. "Keep away from people who work for the American forces. Keep praying. Count all the American tanks you see and report to us."
A Marine civil affairs officer, Lt. Col. Leonard De Francisci, said the array was impressive for a field hospital: Cipro antibiotics, tranquilizers, sedatives — even a chest tube, the type used to treat gunshot wounds to the lungs. Many of the boxes were marked with insignias of the Red Crescent, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
While many would be surprised that the boxes are from aid organizations, I am not. These terrorists don' have an industrial complex, they must get all their supplies by stealing them or buying them with blood money. It is one of the reasons ransoms should not be paid. The ransom money just goes to further their terrorist operations on a wider scale.
Inside, many-colored posters depicted crying Iraqi women and children, wounded by "evil Americans."
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dayton Swann, 28, said the propaganda was simple but powerful.
"Most of it was just bashing Americans, telling everyone how bad we are," said Swann, of Jacksonville, Fla. "But they were rather effective. They understood the culture, interacted with the people. They got their message out. They ruled this city."
Tipped by: In The Bullpen who has a lot more thoughts on this find.