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The Power of Freedom: Iraq
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- Red and White stripes arranged radiating from the violent eruption of an explosion.
Also radiating outward expanding influence and power.
- Blue field with stars that have a slight resemblance to people or spirits ascending after death.
- Explosion is that of total destruction.
- Buildings more a metaphor of the space and place where people live their lives.
The buildings also give a sense of place and scale.
- The shadowbox takes the event and experiences and boxes it up as a thing.
For most Americans, it is a event, boxed away like so many things. Cleanly packaged via keyhole newscasts and easy to forget. For them, a nightmare for generations to come.



For recommended reading and documentaries go to:
http://mikedoylesnap.blogspot.com/2012/06/power-of-freedom-iraq.html
Listed there are resources on the following:

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Abu Ghraib
Betrayal of human rights, fairness and Geneva Convention agreement of conduct of war.

White Phosphorous
U.S. use of White Phosphorous which is a chemical weapon like Napalm; it melts people. New formula, basically same effect.

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Uranium-tipped weapons

Thousands of tons of U.S. depleted uranium (DU) tipped missiles (dirty bombs) used in Iraq/Afghanistan leave a legacy of cancer, leukemia, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning and record birth defects including limb, head, heart and nervous system for Iraqis to deal with. Following this discovery, women in Fallujah are told by city officials not to have children.

Uranium is heavy and slices through armor handily which makes it highly desirable for the Department of Defense (DoD) to use.The relationship of DU to the growing health problems in Iraq is controversial due to: lack of study, misinformation from DoD, incomplete studies and new evidence coming to light and finally inflammatory, sensational reporting. You can decide. In any case something is going on. Following the invasions we have a large increase in the above medical conditions.

More research is needed to determine all causes. In 1999, the Rand Corp. hired by DoD after congress demanded studies to be done dismissed the use of depleted uranium as dangerous. However, their study did not include combat use of the uranium where high pressure explosions turn this into a dust particle aerosol. The DoD began a program of misinformation by flooding different channels to confuse and put down the issue. A UN 2008 report from 2008 addresses a number of studies directly.


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Media

Pentagon uses marketing/media techniques (and contractors) to falsify testimony in media and in front of Congress. All our conventional media outlets (network TV and newspapers/magazines) have been controlled as a result. "Embedding" the journalists gives false keyhole impressions of the war to Americans (and Congressional leaders) as to why we are there, what we are doing, what WMDs we have been using and the extent that the horrific, nightmare effects playing out now in Iraq are related.


--------ONE OTHER MESSAGE OF INTENT ----------

My take on life is that people are generally good and want to be and do good, but are confused. This due to so much information that is manipulated by others. It is just so hard to know what is real. The above points were new to me until recently. I knew things were very bad and wrong in Iraq, that there was torture and loss of human rights, but the extent of our violations did not make their way to me. Some closure is needed. Those responsible need to be held accountable.

My hope is that this will soften some people's hearts to take a look at some of the points above (I have a link to my site where there are some recommended documentaries and writings). Perhaps someone will spread the news in a way that they can best do and better than I have to make a real difference. Mike



Comments

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  May 9, 2013
Just breathtaking, I Can almost feel the emotional impact of this wonderful work of art. Can I use this for one of my school work? I'll credit you of course.
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  August 13, 2012
Thanks Michael for the very complementary and thoughtful points! I'm really flattered! In terms of the text inclusion, hard to say. I get where you're coming from, but regarding Guernica, its original presentation was accompanied with a poem. Other museums the next year included preparatory information on Guernica's subject and events to educate. At its first revealings, it didn't get much attention at all. Such is the odd power of images. We look at the painting now as if it is filled with information, but more likely so doing having absorbed some information about it in a documentary, book or such long ago. It's powerful, but much more so knowing that it is about a tragic bombing and early testing of nazi war machine. Nowadays prominent art galleries feature audio guided tours of their exhibitions so that viewers can understand pieces and the context. They also begin exhibitions with a few paragraphs of context. Many art books that artists put out on their series of paintings include a forward or an artist's statement filled with insight on the process, inspiration or interesting facts they come across. While the quality of my writing here may not be great, I still don't see how it is any different than all this.
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  August 13, 2012
Very well done. This is a refreshing change from the usual literal creations we see on MOC pages. I知 intrigued by those who feel the need to compare it to your other works (which are also incredible). This is a departure. It痴 different from what you did yesterday. I don稚 think that fact in and of itself actually impacts the quality of the work. However, it does illustrate more of the breadth of your skills. I do agree with those who endorse the image over the text however. It痴 a visual thing. That is its power. The text comes across almost like an apology or an argument in defense of the works intrinsic message. I look at this the way I look at so many classic paintings that are shocking or were shocking when they were new. The artist may have had a 鍍ext that went with the painting. Maybe with research, one can read up on what the artist wanted to convey with the picture. But the FACT is that most of us don稚 do that. BUT the really powerful part, the IMAGE lives on. We have all SEEN Guernica. But how many of us have bothered to read up on it? Darn few (as a ratio). That痴 why I say the text is not as important as the image. As for the build come on! It痴 brilliant! The waving colors and the dynamic explosive forces frozen in plastic The pages needs more work of this type. Less literal stuff (like I do) More of the abstract. More emotion. More ill defined. More challenging stuff like this. Attack!
mike doyle
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Hi-Jak .
  July 7, 2012
Very symbolic to the many aspects of the events in Iraq.Such a strong message depicted.
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  July 4, 2012
A true lego master is someone who can build with more than just bricks. You have successfully weaved many engaging ideas into this moc. I know it would take a long time to discuss everything you mentioned, so all I'm going to say is good job, and keep it up. You continue to interest me with every creation you make.
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  July 1, 2012
This has to be one of the most astonishing and emotionally engaging mocs i have ever seen, and really does raise the bar for everyone who considers what they do "lego art". Political art is one of the hardest subjects to tackle with heart, and you have pulled it off brilliantly - srsly, it puts me in mind of Guernica in it's scope and power.
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  June 30, 2012
What an epic piece of Lego imagery. Beautifully built, and whilst I don't get all the symbolism held within this (more because I'm a uncultured luddite than anything else), it's awesome to see someone who has such creativity. I was in Iraq when you posted this, and although I don't agree with everything you've referenced, much of it is worth looking in to, especially for our FOX-News-reading, strongly republican American friends on MOCpages... 10/10
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  June 30, 2012
We need more creations like this. So many people today live in a sort of bubble, an echo chamber where they only tune into radio/TV/etc. that reinforces their preconceived notions, so they need never be challenged by the uncomfortable fact that there are other sides to the story, that they might actually -- gasp! -- have it wrong. Sadly the American media is no longer interested in reporting "truth" -- the truth can be unsettling and doesn't drive ratings or sell advertising space. Somebody needs to be that lone voice in the wilderness.
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  June 26, 2012
Brilliant...just absolutley brilliant
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  June 25, 2012
Totally outstanding! 5/5
mike doyle
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Vladimir R.
  June 24, 2012
Man, I admire you. I admire you for skills you used in this and for your guts to post it.
 I made it 
  June 24, 2012
Quoting Justin L. Somehow I don't think an Iraqi version of this MOC describing what Hussein did would be as popular...but anyway, great MOC! The explosion is really good.
Thanks for complement! Well... I think everyone expects and knows a mass murdering dictator is going to go to some human rights extremes. It's terrible, but not out of the ordinary. However, when the world's only current superpower, who represents equality, goodness, fairness and quality of life engages in this, it is a different matter. We use WMDs (and deny it), repeatedly violate human rights through torture and kidnapping (and rename it 窶 enhanced interrigation), invade countries for our own selfish gains against all international laws (and justify it 窶 removing dictator, rebuilding). All lies which DoD has manipulated all our media to cover up. It is a much different story than Hussein. He's also dead. Who's going to punish our team's players?
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  June 24, 2012
A very powerful creation and o e that speaks volumes to your beliefs on the topic. Very well done
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  June 24, 2012
Truth. It's pretty.
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  June 24, 2012
Somehow I don't think an Iraqi version of this MOC describing what Hussein did would be as popular...but anyway, great MOC! The explosion is really good.
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  June 18, 2012
Well done Mike. Masterfully crafted and presented. I'm glad you have had the guts to share the truth with people.
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  June 17, 2012
a masterpiece!!
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  June 15, 2012
Wow that is epic. Leaves on speechless.
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  June 15, 2012
Incredible.
mike doyle
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White Knight
  June 14, 2012
Well Done !>.....
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  June 14, 2012
Amazing! You never cease to astonish me! Keep up the STUPENDOUS work!
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  June 14, 2012
Ok, this was the last moc that I saw last night. I have been thinking about it (and your comments) ever since. But first the moc, or should I say piece of art. It is a fantastic build with some very unique techniques. From this and your other mocs it is clear to see that you are a very talented and creative person. For me - at the first look, going by the title and images only, I thought it was making a point about invasion. The flag symbolising an invading force with the destruction and carnage of war depicted below. All in the name of 素reedom. Having read your description I now understand your thoughts more. I am British and if I look into our past mistakes (the list is huge) I too might also feel embarrassed. I am not going to make a political point but I am proud to be allies with the American people. However, lets hope that we can all learn from our past mistakes and only go to war for the 祖orrect reasons. Weapons of this type should never be used. Powerful moc
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  June 14, 2012
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  June 14, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Hey I appreciate your take on the war, and I also appreciate you responding to my comment. Also, I stand corrected on the scattering comment, I thought they were dumped in. However, I think the majority of your fan base, myself included enjoy your master level haunted houses a heck of a lot more than stuff like this. To each their own, from one expert builder to another hats off on your skills, and your artistic vision. Looking forward to more from you in the future. Chris
Thanks Chris, I appreciate your thoughtful comments! Yes, I agree that this one won't be as popular. Also, it is not as complicated or grand a build as the last two. But, I'm frustrated at our country's actions and can't do much except create art pieces. It helps me feel less hopeless as well. Hopefully, someone, somewhere might see it and make a real difference in their way. :)
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  June 14, 2012
Amen, brother! Wonderful creation, beautifully built and built with heart. I know exactly what you mean by saying that you are not proud to be an American because of all this. As for me when I see all the things going on throughout the past I can say I am ashamed to be white considering how much pain and suffering white race brought upon every other on this planet!
mike doyle
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Chris Melby
  June 13, 2012
After reading some of the comments here, I think the work has been tangled in the controversy. The build is 3/5. Its big, has tons of pieces, but just scattering pieces isn't really the essence of Lego. Good to see a patriotic build, but honestly, 9/11 and Iraq are old news. Everyone else is moving on. Good artwork, as for the controversy, take it to another website, this one is for the plastic.
mike doyle
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Chris Melby
  June 13, 2012
Hey I appreciate your take on the war, and I also appreciate you responding to my comment. Also, I stand corrected on the scattering comment, I thought they were dumped in. However, I think the majority of your fan base, myself included enjoy your master level haunted houses a heck of a lot more than stuff like this. To each their own, from one expert builder to another hats off on your skills, and your artistic vision. Looking forward to more from you in the future. Chris
  June 13, 2012
Great job with the building! But, the message you put on it, and the picture you post, I find, are extremist. You have no need to burn our flag. Here in the US we dont burn YOUR flag do we? Jinfact I'm thinking of sending this through the Internet. And ya know what? That isnt a good thing.
  June 13, 2012
While you rightfully highlighted the war crimes commited by the U.S., I feel like you could have expanded the MOC and the commentary to include the attrocities commited by Saddam Hussein's regime with their chemical weapons and such. It was a bit one-sided against America, even though Saddam Husseins war crimes were much worse.
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  June 13, 2012
Amazing build, really impressive! I like the political message, its a bold move for a community like this, and we need more of this kind of debate (I'm not american, so I'm talking worldwide here), rather than just ignoring the problems and accepting whatever is said by some guy in a suit.
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  June 13, 2012
Wow. Simply wow. I couldn't tell the scale of this to start with and then realized when I saw the close ups and my mouth literally dropped. This is not just a spectacular build but also a spectacular piece of artwork. And the message behind it is also very powerful and meaningful and rightfully so. This is a brilliant creation. Perfectly shaped, perfectly thought out and brilliantly put together. Amazing. Well done. --Blast--
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  June 13, 2012
Itエs a very good build. But of course the real beef here is the political message. You are brave to take it up, and to take it to this website, where I am sure it will get a very varied reception. Very few people will be left indifferent, which -I am sure- is the objective of the whole MOC. I live in SPain, and I also feel that we are mostly "kept in the dark" by the oficial government channels. Luckily we still have free access to all news-channels, but most people are too busy (or simply not interrested) in the searching for sufficient different news to form their own opinion about things. I am happy if this site permits free political and religious expressions. Wouldnt want it otherwise!
 I like it 
  June 13, 2012
That's a beauty. Not only did you perfectly shape and colour it, but you went to the effort of connecting so many pieces, which must have been quite difficult in some places. Interesting message as well, and it's well represented in this MOC.
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  June 13, 2012
Wow, I absolutely adore this. The techniques here are amazing. As far as the message goes, I appreciate it as well. To those of you who think he is being disrespectful, I got the impression that this build said that he loves this country, but seeing some of the things it has stooped to breaks his heart. Which in a way, is more patriotic than blind adoration.
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  June 13, 2012
Upon taking more time for a closer look...amazing, this creation is technically much more interesting than it appearently looks at first sight, the way you attached everything looks so chaotic but I can see it's actually pretty solid, you can carry this around without pieces falling off, right ? For what it's worth, there's nothing wrong with the quality of this MOC, everyone saying otherwise has political motives ;) Great job dude!
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  June 13, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby After reading some of the comments here, I think the work has been tangled in the controversy. The build is 3/5. Its big, has tons of pieces, but just scattering pieces isn't really the essence of Lego. Good to see a patriotic build, but honestly, 9/11 and Iraq are old news. Everyone else is moving on. Good artwork, as for the controversy, take it to another website, this one is for the plastic.
Fair enough. In terms of "scattering pieces isn't the essence of Lego", it may be hard to see, but everything is connected 100% legally without use of any foreign materials. I think the organic quality of the explosion was one of my favorite aspects. That said, I think that this is the essence of Lego (interpreting real life things to plastic) using only Lego in a Lego like manner (stud and other pieces to hole). In terms of Iraq, yes, it is 'old' news. I had debated in the beginning to address this topic. The more I read, the more I realized was not told to me or others I asked. Unfortunately, our media did not cover it in a meaningful way. Every journalist working for major outlets had to sign a 12 page contract on what they could and could not say or do and was assigned to a low combat group. They were not allowed to report on many things including the use of Depleted Uranium. Other aspects like illegal use of napalm (reformulated/renamed white phosphorus) and cluster bombs that made their way to civilian deaths, remained uncovered or unmentioned. Leading up to the war, the news outlets did not do any investigation, including false testimony to congress (illegal) by our leaders that got us in the war before it started. That was not 'patriotic'. Independent journalists were threatened by DoD ('warned of the dangers of war') and on a few occasions their hotel purposefully bombed, killing a number of them. While old news, for me, much of what happened is new and fresh. With politicians going on about Iran and other countries, the crimes we committed in the Iraq really does need to be examined and retold. The crimes will be repeated. Countries hate us precisely because of the way we behaved and continue to behave. We also need to be held accountable for our crimes, which really is not making the news. That was my feeling, at any rate.
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  June 13, 2012
Amazing work. Got me thinking about the US. Very nice.
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  June 13, 2012
Amazingly executed artwork. Very emotional. Makes me think of what I really think of being American.
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  June 13, 2012
Thanks for the extra pictures. This build needs to be in a museum. It showcases the first amendment, the freedom of speech, without saying a word. The most beautiful thing about art is the viewers interpretation. Everybody gets to see what they want to see. Phenomenal build.
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  June 13, 2012
It`s a big piece of art.
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  June 13, 2012
Whether one agrees, disagrees, or is somewhere in between... this is certainly a thought-provoking piece! And have I yet mentioned?... a true work of art! As Francis Bacon said many years ago... knowledge is power! :)
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  June 13, 2012
Superb, thought-provoking work. If you can't see the artistry in this you must be blind... It's good to see that America still has those who think and question; but it's not all your country's fault - we British played our part in this whole sorry episode.
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  June 13, 2012
Im still not sure what im looking at, but it looks amazing. It appears to have depth. Could you please post more pics of the build? I want to see what your message is through the moc instead of your words. You will attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. ~cheers
  June 13, 2012
You have no need to Post this if your just trying to get hate through the the US but apperently you like doing that, and you don't need to burn our flag.
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  June 13, 2012
Incredible build! And, as Yuri once said, "War is awesome, as long as it's not the real thing." http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?id=/user_images/21064/12570016261
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  June 13, 2012
Beautiful work! The techniques used are unique! -LB Jr.
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  June 13, 2012
Mike, Wonderful work. I hope you will give us some behind the scenes look at the process for this one. ~Dave
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  June 13, 2012
Once again, Mike, you prove yourself to be less of simply a "Lego builder," and more of an "artist"...who's medium happens to be Lego. A truly powerful combination of masterful building skill, aesthetic design, and personal expression.
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  June 13, 2012
Very impressive techniques here. It's nice to have politcally aware members on MOCpages as well a view other than the indoctrinated war-obsessed side. However, I think Deus has every right to criticise this MOC. That is what this website is about. Also, how are we meant to grow without critique?
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  June 13, 2012
This really is a beautiful work of art. I don't care what others thing, the message is almost heartbreaking and I can't agree with you more. I would like to see more pictures of the creation itself, however.
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  June 13, 2012
sad but true
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  June 13, 2012
I could say how much I sympathize with you on this but I'm not in the mood for discussions afterwards so I'm just going to say Great job, it's very nice and after all the legcreation is the main thing I look for on mocpages, keep it up. A little bit awareness on the page doesn't hurt I think, it's Art, shocking for some I guess ;P
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  June 13, 2012
@Deus, you're crossing some patriotic wires of mine. Mike, you already know my views of your creations, but this one is my favorite for a variety of reasons. The passion and emotion behind this piece is quite palpable. Excellent stuff as always.
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  June 13, 2012
As an Italian, it's built in my character not to care much where your bombs fall as long as it's anywhere else but here, so I don't rally have a political view on this MOC, which is one of your best ever. The techniques are mind boggling! If I should give any kind of political opinion, it's about you calling your country a "land of freedom", which shows you may not be up to date with your own country's legislation, and that could give you some problems.
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  June 13, 2012
The MOC is fantastic, I wasn't aware of all these things that were happening, but I was aware of how America has been falling recently... it seems like America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave... @Deus - If you think that this MOC is inferior to his other builds, then I think you should reconsider - this is a serious masterpiece. Good gracious, stop being an insanely over-critical cynic and start growing up. I'm tired of always seeing you post cynical comments on almost every MOC I see.
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  June 13, 2012
@Deus Your comments regarding this creation are down-right disrespectful and inflammatory. Mike Doyle has always created the highest-quality work that has garnered him well-deserved fame, and you treat this creation as if it has some how "broken the chain of greatness". For all you know, Mr. Doyle may consider this his best creation. Also, your condescending attitude in saying how much you "respect" him for "sacrificing" his "Perfect Builder" title are extremly immature. Please note I do not agree with this creation's message AT All...and yet, I still have the dignity to respect Mike Doyle's incredible craftmanship. As for your comments regarding your opinion of the USA, I will not even respond to your inflammatory comments towards my country. Please note that I hold you in the lowest regards, Deus.
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  June 13, 2012
There it ends, you have sacrificed your continious breakoing of the best creation record, and now you make something that is hardly better than all non-your creations combined? I am dissapointed that you did not make another creation better than your last. How will people say: he made the best creation of all time, then made a better one and then even better than that? Now you made a creation that is only better than your first house, but not the other two. Actually, I respect that deeply. You sacrificed the title of the perfect LEGO builder (not the title of the best, you still have that) to send a message that is common outside of the U.S.A., but very well hiden in the mentioned country itself. And on an internet page filled with propaganda-influenced children who warship (I know it is worship, but this looks fun) war.
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  June 13, 2012
This is the strongest political MOC I've seen. Techinque is great, and must say that details are realy eye-candy!
  June 13, 2012
Awesome work!!! Not from "our world".., for me THE BEST ever on MOC pages... My deepest adoration... I have no words how much this affected on me... Thanks..!
  June 13, 2012
I'm so glad there are north americans like you. Gives me hope. Thank you.
 
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