Thursday, April 03, 2008

WATCH BASRA CLOSELY

It’s always a great pleasure to attend a talk by a bold journalist like Michael Ware. Ware, in his wonderful unvarnished Australian accent, calls it like it is. In the fog of propaganda, lies and spin, his is the voice of pessimistic reason. He relocated to Iraq when plans of the invasion were underway and has therefore seen the entire gory war drama enfold from start to..... well what is not in sight... the finish. Although, Ware left Iraq on the day the Iraqi Army went into Basra, he told a small audience at the Middle East Institute in DC that Basra is not part of the regular violence that we have grown accustomed to hearing about from Iraq. This latest violence is a window to the world of Iraq if and when America leaves. According to Ware, the proxy battles between Iraq’s neighboring states and the battle for oil and territory will unfold with the ferocity that is being witnessed in Basra now. So all those who advocate troop withdrawal need to watch Basra closely.

8 comments:

Neodawn said...

I caught him recently on a HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher". One can literally feel his honesty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSP0CYEvq4w

Alaphia said...

Hey thanks Neodawn for the Youtube link.

Toe Knee said...

Basra or no Basra, the unrest in Iraq will continue for decades, not years.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Iraq, Srilanka....when will it ever end

Alaphia said...

Toe Knee...That was pretty much the assessment of Michael Ware.

Raji - Northern Ireland ended...Khalistan ended.. so hopefully these will too... some day... in the faraway future.

Sathej said...

Inspiring figure indeed - Ware. The world would do well with more such honest and forthright journalists. Very well put- 'The voice of pessimistic reason'. Am reminded of Wilde's lines in The Picture of Dorian Gray, 'Optimism is merely the result of sheer terror.' Calling a spade a spade is increasingly becoming an extinct quality.
Sathej

Alaphia said...

Hi Sathej,
You're right. It was really refreshing to get the story without the spin. And he's an amazing story-teller..

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