December 08, 2003


I just finished The Promise, by Sandra Lee. Because of my top-level contacts in the world of shoplifting, I got my copy for free, but you can buy one (or two!) here. Itís a hell of a story, about Guzin Najim, who fled Iraq for Australia:

During the war, Lee spent long hours with Najim in her lounge room watching BBC and CNN, observing her elation and her grief.

"I was very happy because I think the [soldiers] liberated my country," said Najim yesterday. "I didn't call it a war, just a rescuing mission for the Iraqi people."

Posted by Tim Blair at December 8, 2003 07:43 PM

David Marr not seeking joint authorship of this book?
Seems it would be right up his alley except that it appears to be based on fact and truth.

Posted by: lawrie at December 8, 2003 at 10:00 PM

i heard this woman interviewed by Geraldine Doogue on Life Matters (Radio Oz) last week and immediately went and bought the book. She made me cry but she gave me hope. She is the first Iraqi i've heard, in Australia, who has spoken about real life under saddam hussein, and who has thanked our Defence personnel for saving her people. Pity no media reported the thousand odd Iraqis who marched in Baghdad twice last week supporting the American/Oz/Brit rescuing mission.
Why is this story not being told more widely?

Posted by: Burns at December 8, 2003 at 10:42 PM

i heard guzin najim on steve price a few weeks ago, then on james o'laughin-a-lot (i'm a cabbie, what am i gunna do?) she sounded like a brave woman. but i was bloody stumped when Aunty let her comment about "rescuing mission" go to air - not the usual left-leaning stuff of the ABC. .

Posted by: brett at December 8, 2003 at 11:17 PM