Empty Days

Sunday, March 28, 2004



About Iraq. You know how nobody is really sure whether it's going well or not so well in there. And blaming media for skewed information (whether alarmist or triumphalist).

And a simple thing just occurred to me (I am slow, I know) - how can you possibly expect any objective reporting from that place since it's under a certain military control right now and military will *never* tell you the truth, and locals are so not organized and don't want to see any western journalists around. I mean, it's downright *impossible* to get any sort of remotely true idea of what's going on in such a situation. Forget it - wait for the USA to move out troops, you won't see any light before that.

Here is a things-are-bad report - and its obejctivity is partial, because any other report is just as fragmentary and comes god knows whence. Here:
The taxi driver explained that I was not an Iraqi. "He's a foreigner!" they shouted to each other, and all the men came to the car. "They are all Israelis and Jews," shouted one man in a slurred voice. We tried to explain that I was a journalist, but they had never seen an American passport or a press ID before. Why was I here? What did I want? It was clear from the fear in their eyes and the anger in their voices as they barked orders that they wanted to find somebody to kill. [Impression: a crazy lawless place - it's a pretty vivid report, btw]
Iraq is a politico basketball right now - it's being played like a fucking balloon. Forget objectivity, let alone truth.





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