Round the BBC riverbend

Quite surprised indeed that the BBC chose to longlist one of the few massively anti-Iraq war [Iraqi] blogs out there (compiled by some fanatic into a book) for their Samuel Johnson award: maybe some of you will have heard or visited Riverbend’s blog. For those who haven’t, imagine the unremitting gloom of an Eastender’s character transposed to Baghdad and cleaned up grammatically and you’ll have a fair idea. My guess would be she’s the wife or daughter (or both, more likely) of a Baathist, which would be about as good as the BBC’s (nb. she remains anonymous).

Or, if you want another tip about who she sounds like, imagine the constant drip drip drip of a John Simpson commentary and you’ll be close to the mark. Maybe, in fact, it is Simpson, given his penchant for Burqua-ing up from time to time. One never knows. (via ATW)

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  1. tigris sumatrae says:

    Exactly how do you know what Riverbend sounds like if you have not read the book? If you had you would know she is 26 (only 24 when the war started) she is not married and not a ba’athist. She did not support Saddam Hussein, but she also doens’t support the occupation of American soldiers in her home country. Before the occupation she had a job as did 50% of women in the country, now she has no job along with 65% of the country. Before the war she could walk or drive by herself, now she must be accompanied by a man(or men) just to go buy groceries. Before the war she chose to not wear a hijab as did many women, now if she doesn’t wear one she risks being abducted or raped by many including fundamentalists.

    Riverbend does not hate Americans, but after seing raids and tanks in her own city she is very angry, and yes she does hate President Bush. Mr. Thomas it is easy for both you and I to say that we are for the war in Iraq because the war is being fought on their soil not ours. We aren’t worring about losing our jobs, when we will have electricity next and the shortage of water. I think if you read this book you would have a much different perspective.

    Oh, and women in Iraq don’t wear burquas, they wear hijabs as a choice. Just as Christians wear a cross as a religious choice and freedom.

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  2. tigris sumatrae says:

    Exactly how do you know what Riverbend sounds like if you have not read the book? If you had you would know she is 26 (only 24 when the war started) she is not married and not a ba’athist. She did not support Saddam Hussein, but she also doens’t support the occupation of American soldiers in her home country. Before the occupation she had a job as did 50% of women in the country, now she has no job along with 65% of the country. Before the war she could walk or drive by herself, now she must be accompanied by a man(or men) just to go buy groceries. Before the war she chose to not wear a hijab as did many women, now if she doesn’t wear one she risks being abducted or raped by many including fundamentalists.

    Riverbend does not hate Americans, but after seing raids and tanks in her own city she is very angry, and yes she does hate President Bush. Mr. Thomas it is easy for both you and I to say that we are for the war in Iraq because the war is being fought on their soil not ours. We aren’t worring about losing our jobs, when we will have electricity next and the shortage of water. I think if you read this book you would have a much different perspective.

    Oh, and women in Iraq don’t wear burquas, they wear hijabs as a choice. Just as Christians wear a cross as a religious choice and freedom.

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  3. tigris sumatrae says:

    Exactly how do you know what Riverbend sounds like if you have not read the book? If you had you would know she is 26 (only 24 when the war started) she is not married and not a ba’athist. She did not support Saddam Hussein, but she also doens’t support the occupation of American soldiers in her home country. Before the occupation she had a job as did 50% of women in the country, now she has no job along with 65% of the country. Before the war she could walk or drive by herself, now she must be accompanied by a man(or men) just to go buy groceries. Before the war she chose to not wear a hijab as did many women, now if she doesn’t wear one she risks being abducted or raped by many including fundamentalists.

    Riverbend does not hate Americans, but after seing raids and tanks in her own city she is very angry, and yes she does hate President Bush. Mr. Thomas it is easy for both you and I to say that we are for the war in Iraq because the war is being fought on their soil not ours. We aren’t worring about losing our jobs, when we will have electricity next and the shortage of water. I think if you read this book you would have a much different perspective.

    Oh, and women in Iraq don’t wear burquas, they wear hijabs as a choice. Just as Christians wear a cross as a religious choice and freedom.

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  4. tigris sumatrae says:

    Exactly how do you know what Riverbend sounds like if you have not read the book? If you had you would know she is 26 (only 24 when the war started) she is not married and not a ba’athist. She did not support Saddam Hussein, but she also doens’t support the occupation of American soldiers in her home country. Before the occupation she had a job as did 50% of women in the country, now she has no job along with 65% of the country. Before the war she could walk or drive by herself, now she must be accompanied by a man(or men) just to go buy groceries. Before the war she chose to not wear a hijab as did many women, now if she doesn’t wear one she risks being abducted or raped by many including fundamentalists.

    Riverbend does not hate Americans, but after seing raids and tanks in her own city she is very angry, and yes she does hate President Bush. Mr. Thomas it is easy for both you and I to say that we are for the war in Iraq because the war is being fought on their soil not ours. We aren’t worring about losing our jobs, when we will have electricity next and the shortage of water. I think if you read this book you would have a much different perspective.

    Oh, and women in Iraq don’t wear burquas, they wear hijabs as a choice. Just as Christians wear a cross as a religious choice and freedom.

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  5. tigris sumatrae says:

    Exactly how do you know what Riverbend sounds like if you have not read the book? If you had you would know she is 26 (only 24 when the war started) she is not married and not a ba’athist. She did not support Saddam Hussein, but she also doens’t support the occupation of American soldiers in her home country. Before the occupation she had a job as did 50% of women in the country, now she has no job along with 65% of the country. Before the war she could walk or drive by herself, now she must be accompanied by a man(or men) just to go buy groceries. Before the war she chose to not wear a hijab as did many women, now if she doesn’t wear one she risks being abducted or raped by many including fundamentalists.

    Riverbend does not hate Americans, but after seing raids and tanks in her own city she is very angry, and yes she does hate President Bush. Mr. Thomas it is easy for both you and I to say that we are for the war in Iraq because the war is being fought on their soil not ours. We aren’t worring about losing our jobs, when we will have electricity next and the shortage of water. I think if you read this book you would have a much different perspective.

    Oh, and women in Iraq don’t wear burquas, they wear hijabs as a choice. Just as Christians wear a cross as a religious choice and freedom.

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