Tuesday, December 17, 2002

YOU GOTTA WONDER WHY the Iraqi government's official English-language news site Iraq Daily includes a Technology section that seems to consist entirely of brief catalog-style consumer-product descriptions accompanied by malcompressed photos. Though I have to admit that that Linksys laptop ethernet card looks pretty nice, and you'd think that the glossy photo-printing paper would be just the thing to help those publishers lacking resources due to the sanctions imposed by the "aggressors' siege". Then even people without Internet connections can be treated to thrilling reading material such as the Iraq Daily's Society page with its exciting history of soap and personal hygiene.

(More importantly, the editors probably figure the aggressors' siege will end sooner if the Iraqi Ministry of Information keeps reprinting John Pilger pieces and noting the results of Sean Penn's thoroughgoing weapons inspections.)