September 20, 2004


Ha! Ayad Allawi is making fun of Sydney Morning Herald rumour-monger Paul McGeough. The New York Times reports:

Ayad Allawi will have his right wrist in a cast when he arrives in the United States this week for his first visit as Iraq's interim prime minister, and it will provide the 59-year-old neurosurgeon with a powerful talking point. Asked about the wrist in an interview here as he prepared to leave for London, New York and Washington, Dr. Allawi joshed: "I've been shooting people, didn't you know?"

This should please McGeough, who was earlier miffed that his Ayad the Slayer story didnít get any attention. Not even from CBS! More from the NYTís Allawi piece:

Shortly after he took office in June, stories circulated of Dr. Allawi visiting a detention center in the Baghdad suburb and shooting several detained insurgents dead. The story quickly faded, with American officials saying they had no information to confirm it, and Dr. Allawi dismissing it as a "ridiculous" fiction. But a curious thing happened: many Iraqis who heard the story told friends they would not be unhappy if it were true, because it would show that Iraq finally had a strongman at its helm again, one who might restore order.

Hmm. Sounds like the Iraqis are down with this whole "fake but true" concept.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 20, 2004 04:16 PM

If even CBS won't buy your stuff, how can you show your face anywhere?

Posted by: Ed at September 20, 2004 at 04:31 PM

Tomorrows front page news.
Sydney Morning Herald
Allawi admits murders as he prepares to enter the U.S.

Posted by: gubbaboy at September 20, 2004 at 04:59 PM

NIce try gubba - should read - "Allawi Admits Murders and Leaves Iraq for USA"

Posted by: Razor at September 20, 2004 at 05:21 PM

No, no, no, it would be

- Allawi Admits Murders and Leaves Iraq for USA
- Memos founds "linking" Bush to Crime
- Whitehouse refuses to deny scandal
- Iraq Murder Scandal - Did Bush approve?
- Bush killed my sons - Imprisoned Iraqi man pleads


Posted by: Quentin George at September 20, 2004 at 05:57 PM

"Allawi Admits Murders and Leaves Iraq for USA"
Rather next on hit list.

Posted by: gubbaboy at September 20, 2004 at 05:59 PM

"Allawi Leaves Murders and Admits Iraq into USA"

Posted by: CBS News at September 21, 2004 at 04:19 AM