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Telling Lies in Iraq is my choice for the name of the flick we can only hope will be made about former Iraqi minister of misinformation Mohammed Saeed Sahaf.
If it's anything like a satirical Web site on this new cult figure, a site that once had an incredible 4,000 hits per minute, this movie will be stunning. Continue reading → Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns | Tags: Arab culture, Ariel Fleischer, Iraq War, Islamic culture, Middle East culture, misinformation, Mohammed Saeed Sahaf, propaganda, psychological warfare | Permalink
Musharraf later separately re-ceived Iraqi President Saddam Hussain's envoy, Information Minister Mohammed Saeed Al Sahaf.Pakistan is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, which is now discussing a U.S.-British resolution seeking authorisation for an attack on Iraq. Passage of the resolution, also co-sponsored by Spain, requires at least nine votes in favour at the 15-member Council.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Sahaf has succeeded in placing the Iraqi issue on the Arab League summit agenda.But the foreign ministers are divided over what to discuss. Allies of Iraq want the Arab League to focus on demands to lift UN sanctions imposed on Baghdad.Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, however, want any call to end sanctions linked to Iraq's commitment to UN resolutions.Kuwait is also demanding that the Arab League discusses what the emirate says is Iraq's refusal to free prisoners taken during the 1990 Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.
Despite his government's losses, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammad Said Sahaf insisted at a news conference in Baghdad that Saddam's government would triumph. "Republican Guards are still tightening the noose around the U.S. enemy in the area surrounding the airport," Sahaf said."We destroyed six tanks and damaged 10 others and killed 50 of the enemy forces.After crushing the American and British aggression and invasion, there will only be Iraq, headed by Saddam Hussein, with all its traditions and all its institutions." There was no indication that Sahaf's account of casualties was correct, and reporting from scores of Western journalists traveling with U.S. and British forces near Baghdad and in Basra belied his words. Eager to highlight any successes, the Information Ministry arranged a visit for foreign journalists to a U.S. Abrams tank destroyed Saturday.
The world's media then would have broadcast Iraq's minister of information, Mohammed Said Sahaf, saying that Baghad is "safe and secure," that the invading "louts" and "mercenaries" were being "slaughtered."
"We have killed most of the infidels, and I think we will finish off the rest soon," Sahaf said.29 Who would have known what to believe? The conventions of "objective" news coverage would have required journalists to offer up both views and let the audience decide. But with live television images showing American tanks at the airport, Sahaf was reduced, at least to American eyes, to a comic figure. He may have played differently in the coffee shops of Cairo and Amman, but there was nothing the American military could have done about that. In America, the Iraqi regime was reduced to farce.30