Via Stephen Pollard, Peter Briffa reminds us that the Guardian's leader which declared, "There is some irony that the only people to have lost their jobs over the unhappy events in Iraq have been journalists." isn't 100% true. Some other guy also lost his livelihood; a tyrant who seized control of Iraq, 'purged' anyone in opposition (and not in a manner that Blair would even contemplate dealing with Howard at PMQ's), invaded Iran (causing in excess of 300,000 deaths - yes three hundred thousand people, turned Halabja into a chemical wasteland killing something like five thousand of 'his own people' and invaded Kuwait with ensuing rape and pillage. Not to mention widespread ongoing repression and depravity within Iraq during his presidency.
Sometimes I can almost subscribe to the idea that there is a giant media conspiracy being perpetrated on us when I read Iraqis like Salam Pax saying
Remember the days when every time you hear an Iraqi talk on TV you had to remember that they are talking with a Mukhabarat minder looking at them noting every word? We are back to that place.Makes you think, hopefully.
Dear US administration,
Welcome to the next level. Please don't act surprised and what sort of timing is that: planning to go on a huge attack on the west of Iraq and provoking a group you know very well (I pray to god you knew) that they are trouble makers.
Oh and before I forget.........Help please.