Wednesday, June 02, 2004[posted by jaed at 10:58 AM]
"Gentlemen of the press..."
Sometimes the media, cynical as I am about it, still manages to astonish me. Such a day is today, with the current jawdrop moment thanks to an unbylined reporter at AFP. The story describes Ghazi al-Yawar, the transitional president, thus:
Announcing his cabinet, Allawi hailed what he described as the country's first step towards democracy."Saddam's replacement".
"After 35 years of tyrannical regime ... we are starting now our march towards sovereignty and democracy," he said.
But there was no celebrating on the streets of Baghdad as a series of explosions echoed across the capital immediately after Saddam's replacement was named.
(The title is a reference to "The Front Page"...and whoever has seen it, can tell what comes next in that particular line of dialog....)