The oil-on-canvas, 5-by-3-foot work shows Rumsfeld in a blue jacket, tie, khaki pants and army boots reading from briefing papers. His boots are resting on what appears to be an ancient stone.Speaking of Rumsfled, the artist says:
While Rumsfeld's image is true to life, he sits next to a partially damaged statue of a lion standing over a human _ a traditional image of strength during the ancient Babylon civilization. The statue's stone base is ripped open, revealing shelves from which white piece of papers are flying away, later turning into birds soaring high into an ominously gray sky.
"Rumsfeld's boots deliver a message from America: 'We rule the world,'.... It speaks of America's total indifference to what the rest of the world thinks.... The Americans brought us rosy dreams but left us with nightmares, they came with a broad smile but gave us beheaded bodies and booby-trapped car."Clearly, this is the image that Iraqis have of the "American Liberators" who are occupying their country.
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