Saturday, August 21, 2004

Return of the Pink Panther (Salam Pax)

For the last day I've been looking at a new blog that claims to be from Salam Pax. Is this the real Salam Pax or a Faux Pax? The guy behind the blog writes in his most recent post:

Thursday, August 19, 2004

off to Najaf for three days.
not sure I will be able to blog from there. I will if I can beg a couple of minutes online time from one of the journos down there so watch this space.

posted by salam at 7:06 AM

Clever imposter?

Just a few minutes ago, at 12:10 AM on Saturday, July 21, I was listening to the BBC when I heard an eyewitness report from Salam Pax in Najaf.

Okay, folks, I guess Shut Up You Fat Whiner! is the new Salam Pax blog.


Here Salam Pax responds to a post by Riverbend in which she laments the deaths of Iraqis and then blames the Coalition for all of the problems in Iraq right now.

Essentially I do agree with you, the deaths during the recent days are more than scary and worrying. It makes your heart ache to see what is happening in Najaf. Unacceptable. But I think you are not pointing your finger in the right direction. What is going on these days in Najaf, Baghdad, Basra and other Iraqi cities is not entirely the fault of the coalition.

I can’t understand why you don’t see the danger in the group of people calling themselves Mahdi’s Army and the Sadir followers and why it is important to show them the limits beyond which they are not going to be tolerated.

I am totally convinced that there is no good in them. Has there been any constructive suggestion by them other than demanding the end of occupation? Is calling the shrine of Imam Ali a holy of holiest and then putting snipers on top of it a sign of respect?

I don’t see this situation very comparable to the Falluja situation; to begin with this could be the start of something much worse. It could lead to a much bigger problem in the south and with Sadir’s influence in Basra the threat to the future of Iraq could be much bigger, they already are threatening to close down oil export operations in Basra. And with Iran backing him wait for them to demand the south’s secession.

Sorry Riverbend, I have to disagree with you there, it is not the Americans who should be blamed for turning Najaf into hell on this earth but rather Sadir’s people. And I hope, actually I am sure that you would never say that you see Sadir as a probable leader for Iraq and I don’t think his actions should be in any way be endorsed. You know very well that the day Sadir assumes power in this country you and I will have to think about spending the rest of our lives somewhere else.

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