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At quite an early stage in the Iraq situation, before the war had actually started, someone sent me a link to Salam Pax's blog. Salam was a couple of years older than me, and he'd fit in well with a lot of thirty-ish people in the UK. He's witty, erudite (in a second language!), thoughtful, a graduate, computer literate, addicted to blogging, politically aware. His life, despite what we were hearing about the horrors of the Hussain regime, seemed pretty much like mine.

He continued blogging through the invasion, as things gradually got worse. The Guardian picked up on his blog, and he started writing for them, too. Eventually his writings were collected in the Baghdad Blog book, which was a remarkable insight into what was actually happening to the ordinary people in Iraq.

I lost track of his blog - turns out it's moved to here, which should shortly be syndicating nicely as daily_absurdity - and hadn't heard about him for a while. Last night I happened to have Newsnight on. He'd done a videoblog for it about living in Iraq now, and it was one of the scariest and most depressing things I've seen in a long time, despite also being witty and absurdist at times.

You can watch it online - go here and click on "Staying Alive in Iraq" on the top right. See What Not To Wear In Iraq (or else you'll get shot). Is this what the supporters of the US/UK invasion wanted to happen to the country?


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Jul. 11th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
In answer to your question at the end, no, but I don't think they're the ones doing the shooting of people cos of their clothing, innit. No, I didn't look at the link, so yes, this is a bit of a gamble that I'm on the right issue. If I am, great, if I'm not, sorry.
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Could probably have been phrased better :o) But were they just naive and uneducated, thinking "Oh, it's a third world country, we'll take out Saddam and everything will be great", or what? I just can't understand how the war could have seemed like the best idea to anyone with the best interests of the country at heart.

The current Iraqi government, according to the report, is fairly bad for clothing-related things - women who work for them have been punished for wearing make-up *under* their Hijabs.
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
What would it look like if they wore their make-up OVER their hijabs? That'd be quite fun.
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
(Dermot having a sensible conversation and ruining it, there.)
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, I have to admit that... My first thought was that I can't even be bothered putting make-up on when people can see my face, and these women are putting it on under a heavy veil?

You could draw whole other faces on your hijab. In different colours. That'd be cool. (It might also explain Lea from BB. Hmmm.)
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Jul. 11th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Fantastic post! Yes, exactly.
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Jul. 11th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Also, you have the best icons :D - I meant to mention that the other day, when you used the "My fandom has a predatory crouch" one. *chases you around complimenting you until you're terrified of me*
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