FRIDAY’S LIBRARY

February 25, 2005 // by admin

As I recover from a slight cold and watch Manhattan dig out from last night’s snowstorm, I’m checking out–and so should you: Amsterdammed Opinionated, where Myrtus, the self-described “Berber for Bush,” links us to a discussion of women and Sufism. The evidently Sunni Baghdad Dweller, who raises some questions–and offers accompanying pics–regarding the Shia’t Ali. Heretical Librarian, […]

FEMINAZIS

February 25, 2005 // by admin

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. — Frederick Douglass, “Letter to an Abolitionist associate,” 1853 The photo in February 24th’s New York Post shows a beautiful Iraqi woman with a proud smile and a dyed index fingertip.  This is the face of Iraqi democracy, […]

TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT XV

February 25, 2005 // by admin

The Brave “Resistance” In this week’s The Nation, writer David Enders in Baghdad interviews a man named “Ali Hussein” (not his real name), who claims to be a commander in what Enders calls the “resistance.”  It’s interesting to note the courage of this “resistance,” as articulated from a “guerrilla” himself. We have boys as young as 13 […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY

February 25, 2005 // by admin

Keeping the mullahs blind Imagine what the recent fighting in Fallujah might have been like if Iraqi insurgents had the same caliber night-vision goggles as our own troops. — Dean Boyd, spokesman for Homeland Security Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, on the need for stricter control of weapons and technology sales to Iran. (Robert Block, Wall […]

THE ART OF WAR

February 25, 2005 // by admin

  Readers of ITRZ know about my good friend Steve Mumford, the New York artist who inspired me to travel to Iraq by going there himself in April, 2003–and returned on three subsequent occasions.  This month’s Harper’s magazine (no link, sorry) features an eight page portfolio of his superb drawings and watercolors.  Short of actually going there, you can […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY

February 24, 2005 // by admin

[Illness, exhaustion and work have consumed me for the time being, so blogging will be light again.  I do have a post up onChester today, which I hope you will read.  Tomorrow,insha’allah, I will be in better form.  But for the time being–] Parental notification It’s lies.  It’s all lies.  The government lied from the very […]

WEDNESDAY’S LIBRARY

February 23, 2005 // by admin

For your blogging delectation, kind readers, may I suggest you check out: The always impressive Arthur Chrenkoff, and his interview with Michael Ledeen (among other fascinating bits you will have the pleasure of scrolling through). Regime Change in Iran (insha’allah) gives us the true story behind the Tehran- Damascus Axis of Evil, and presents the latest insights from our favorite lunatic ex-weapons […]

ANSAR AL-DAJJAL

February 23, 2005 // by admin

About a year ago in Kirkuk, I met a young man at the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan named Pola.  A thin figure with bad teeth, a bowl haircut and small black eyes set deep in the crevice between his cheekbones and brow, Pola seemed looked much older than his 30 years.  And […]

HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN

February 23, 2005 // by admin

The Wall Street Journal’s John Lippman related the bad news last Friday:  Hollywood is preparing Iraq war movies. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love war flicks (although, since I returned from Iraq, I can no longer endure violent or overly-suspenseful movies)–preferably along the lines of John Wayne’s Sands of Iwo Jima, or, more recently, Mel Gibson’sWe Were […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY

February 23, 2005 // by admin

She’s baa-ack… I honestly cannot explain why Americans consistently embrace war and are now talking about expanding it. — anti-war maven Leslie Cagan, now the national coordinator of a new group called United for Peace and Justice. (Roderick Boyd, New York Sun) * Junk mail If I were in Iraq and read that the youth of our […]