February 23, 2003

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Iraq unbound:You don't picture amusement parks, free elections and a (mostly) free press in the nation of Saddam Hussein. But that's reality in the 12-year-old Kurdish autonomous zone, reports (STEPHANIE NOLEN, Feb. 22, 2003, Globe & Mail)
In a smoky coffee shop in the Kurdish town of Salahuddin, two dozen men sat around a big-screen TV last weekend, watching the footage from peace demonstrations all over the world. And scowling.

"No war with Iraq?" one elderly man hissed. "What do those people know about war? They should spend five minutes as a Kurd. That would change their minds."

The men around him -- dressed in the traditional baggy trousers, cummerbund and turban of Kurdish warriors, or peshmerga -- all nodded in agreement. "So they say 'no war,' " another man said. "They made this regime, but now they do not want to fix the mess they made."

These days, people here in the Kurdish self-rule area of northern Iraq keep their TVs tuned to Fox News. The hawkish American news channel is right in sync with Kurdish sentiment.


You mean they don't watch Donahue, Chris Matthews and Pat Buchanan on the America First channel? Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2003 7:56 AM
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No surprise there since no one is watching them here, either.

Posted by: Buttercup at February 23, 2003 8:32 PM
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