July 19, 2003


Amir Taheri reports from Baghdad:

There are two Iraqs today: One as portrayed by those in America and Europe who wish to use it as a means of damaging Bush and Blair, and the other as it really exists, home to 24 million people with many hopes and aspirations and, naturally, some anxiety about the future.

"After we have aired our grievances we remember the essential point: Saddam is gone," says Mohsen Saleh, a geologist in Baghdad. "A man who is cured of cancer does not complain about a common cold."

Posted by Tim Blair at July 19, 2003 01:37 AM

Oh Dear, This is going to have the ABC's Mark Willacy tracking down each and every one of his three pet....er....I mean the totally randomly chosen shopkeepers who represent ALL of Iraq to repudiate this piece of utter blasphemy.

Posted by: Richard at July 19, 2003 at 01:51 AM

Amir, buddy, good news don't sell newspapers.

Get with the program and find(manufacture) something we can tar the Bush administration with.

Posted by: Wunderkind54 at July 19, 2003 at 02:53 AM

Amir's got his story staring him in the face:


The Bush administration, after falselyclaiming to intervene in Iraq to cure it of the "cancer" of Baathism (Saddam Hussein has not yet been located, and unnamed sources tell us there is increasing doubt that he ever existed), has now given the Iraqi people the mysterious and probably fatal rhinovirus. . . ."

Posted by: T. Hartin at July 19, 2003 at 04:40 AM