his site has a quote like this...
"the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
Samuel P. Huntington
so his pov seems pretty balanced to me. of course there is a possibility he could be a hoax, but the thinking by a lot of people right now is that he is not a hoax. read his blog. your doubt will fade some, really. his details are just too cutting.
also note rusty's comment (earlier than this in the same thread):
He's in Baghdad. Many people have been following his posts for several weeks. He reported at 6:40AM (local) that the BBC reports that Iraqi radio had been pre-empted by US military broadcasts was untrue, and that was confirmed shortly thereafter on TV news.
I suspect the blogspot server is going to get hammered today.
here is the entry rusty alludes too:
:: Thursday, March 20, 2003 ::
there is still nothing happening im baghdad we can only hear distant expolsions and there still is no all clear siren. someone in the BBC said that the state radio has been overtaken by US broadcast, that didn't happen the 3 state broadcasters still operate.
:: salam 6:40 AM [+] :: ...
so on the subject of the truthfulness of this blog, by the timing of his blog statements, he seems to indicate foreknowledge of conditions no one but a resident should have, or at least someone in or near baghdad.
it is not impossible to dream of an iraqi who desires democracy, no? but that he blogs from baghdad though IS suspect. you are right to point that out. however, from the msnbc story there are 2 paragraphs which go to the heart of 2 of your concerns- that it is propaganda, or that it is a hoax:
Ostensibly based in Baghdad, Where is Raed? is written by a person blogging under the pseudonym of Salam Pax, a tech-savvy Iraqi whose mastery of English provides for vivid descriptions, cutting wit, and thoughtful commentary. In the past there has been some discussion of the veracity of the writer's claims, but those appear to have been resolved, with several bloggers offering testimony to Salam's authenticity --and frankly, the more you read, the less doubt there seems to be.
The back story of the "Where is Raed" Weblog is difficult to discern. Salam presents himself as an architectural engineer of some kind, and Raed is his friend. At this point, autobiographical explanations are distinctly avoided in the uncertain environment of Saddam Hussein's regime, as they can mean the end of the blog, not to mention the end of Salam. Readers across the blogosphere held their collective breath last December, when Salam's public profile rose too high (the result of being featured in a Reuters news article) and he closed down the blog for a while out of fear of being discovered by Iraqi officials.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
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