Iraq to get new state quarter
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The design, the winner among hundreds of entries submitted by Iraqi school children, depicts the new Iraqi slogan "The Oil State," followed by the first words of the national anthem, "Die! Die! Die!"
The White House, using its political leverage among the Shi'ite and Kurd minorities, pressured Iraq to adopt the image of a Revolutionary-era soldier. Karl Rove reportedly intended this image to support the White House's claim, which ties the Iraq war to the Revolution, World Wars I and II, the War of Spanish Succession, and the Fall of Carthage. The White House has also repeatedly claimed the war in Iraq is linked to the larger war on terror.
Other design submissions included depictions of Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, and an American stealth bomber. These were refused, however, after it was remarked that all of them were the end result of massive American defense financing. The images also may have proved controversial for the diverse ethnic populations, who tend to regard the Americans as occupiers, which, technically, they are.
Iraq became the first official state situated on the Asian continent to receive a state quarter, although future quarters may be minted for Afghanistan and Israël. The United Kingdom, also considering a state quarter design, has not yet dediced between the adoption of the Euro or the US dollar.