Category Archives: In The Red Zone Blog

In the Red Zone was the live blog that Steven Vincent contributed to while he was in Iraq

Our Man in Waziristan II

March 17, 2005 // by admin

  Last January, I composed a post arguing that Mr. Brilliant Terror Master Himself, Osama bin Laden, might actually be serving the overall geo-political interests of Great Satan through his own megalomanical overestimation of his charisma, power and historic situation.  In other words, the God Complex, kicking in big time. As one of my proofs, I noted […]


March 16, 2005 // by admin

Obscene phone call Your brother has been killed in a martyrdom operation.  Congratulations. — an anonymous caller claiming to represent an anti-Iraqi group called “Brothers in the Gulf” According to the NYT’s Dexter Filkins, the al-Banna family of Jordan received this call three days after the February 28 bombing at Hilla, Iraq, which killed more than 130 people.  […]

Canadians against suicide bombing

March 16, 2005 // by admin

Canadians against suicide bombing.  I can’t tell how old this petition is, or vouch for the sponsoring organization, but it’s still nice to see that our northern neighbors are more than just self-righteous puck-brained, maple syrup-slurping anti-American moralizing ingrates.  Irshad Manji, of course, excepting. * Headline, Financial Times, Tuesday, March 15, 2005: White House quiet as Darfur […]


March 15, 2005 // by admin

World’s smallest violin Why are our brothers the mujaheddin denounced?  Those who left their countries, their wives and children, and sacrificed their blood, all to protect your honor and expel the invaders from your land? — From Zurwat al-Sanam (Top of the Camel’s Hump), the catchily-titled internet magazine published by Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. (Robert F. Worth, New […]

The Arab street turns another corner

March 14, 2005 // by admin

  It was only a matter of time:  anti-jihadist protests breaking out in Baghdad.  If the Iraqis hold true to often-quoted Arab proverb–“the enemy of my enemy is my friend”–are we about to see a “street”-change in their attitudes toward the U.S.? (Credit:  Instapundit) And this looks like encouraging news from Egypt. But just in case you were wondering […]

Without a prayer

March 12, 2005 // by admin

  From the AP:  “Thirty Muslims walked off the job at a Dell Inc. plant after alleging the company refused to let them pray at sunset.” Hopefully, this is one of those quarrels involving foreign cultural and religious traditions that American democracy somehow always works out in the end–like the minor dust-up in New York last […]

No turbans in government

March 12, 2005 // by admin

  We neither want to establish a religious nor a secular state in Iraq, we want a state that respects the identity of the Iraqi people and the identities of others — Shia political official Ali al-Dabagh, quoted by AP’s Rawya Rageh Writes Mr. Rageh: Kurds and alliance officials said both sides agreed that Iraq would […]


March 12, 2005 // by admin

Stern rebuke Here is a great story involving a German blogger and his successful effort to force Germany’s Der Stern magazine to correct its reporting on the Giuliana Sgrena incident.  Another victory for the Blogosphere. * What political ideology has killed over 100 million people worlwide, but the EU refuses to ban its symbol?  Hint:  it’s not National Socialism. […]

No Sympathy for the Devil

March 11, 2005 // by admin

  So you’re thinking of a career in magic?  Better read first what yesterday’s Gulf Times has to say about what it takes to sell your soul to Satan. And if that didn’t persuade you, read the rest here. * “How cool would it be to gain ‘trusted user’ status on a CIA blog?” Pretty cool, I’d say.  […]


March 10, 2005 // by admin

Free to be illiberal Iraqi society is tribal, Islamic and very conservative.  Most people don’t feel ownership to the existing secular famiily law, and we must change it to follow shari’a.  Forcing secularism on our society is also a form of dictatorship. — Women’s rights activist Fatima Yaqoub, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi First, a […]