April 11, 2003

INSTAPUNDIT notes an abundance of

INSTAPUNDIT notes an abundance of liberation celebrations in Iraqi-American communities, and wonders:

So where was all the coverage of how unpopular Saddam was with these folks before the war?

Good question. Prior to liberation we also heard very little from anti-Saddam Iraqi-Australians, who are now partying like free people:

There have been jubilant scenes in the Australian city of Sydney as Iraqi expatriates celebrated news of the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime.

At Auburn in west Sydney, home to one of Australia's largest Iraqi populations, men chanted 'down Saddam' and cheered on the footpaths.

Our reporter Marie Scoutas says passing drivers stopped their cars in the middle of the street and joined the celebrations.

Fear may be one reason for the lack of pre-lib coverage. Today a pro-war Iraqi-Australian appearing on Richard Glover's ABC radio program finally used his real name on air. He'd been too terrified to do so during earlier appearances, lest his family in Iraq be harmed.

But I suspect the main reason would be a reluctance by many Journalist-Australians to give aid and comfort to the enemy - in their case, John Howard and George W. Bush.

(Link via Peter Kerr.)

Posted by Tim Blair at April 11, 2003 12:42 AM