27th July 2010
And be quick about it, before it gets even worse better
Iraq, land of opportunity – says Jeffrey Archer (yes, him) at The Times
I wonder if this appears anywhere else but the Times – as Rentoul reminds us here – behind a paywall? I shouldn’t think so. Most of our press and half of our present government are still dreaming of getting Blair to The Hague for the “disaster” that is Iraq.
Would you Adam and Eve it, Clegg? Ming?
Anyone ever think to ask the locals what they think?
OK, I will. Any Iraqis out there? Especially Baghdad locals? Please let us know what YOU think. (No loaded questions from me, note.)
Today [Baghdad] is a boom town, rather than a bomb site. If I were a young man, looking to make my fortune, I would be off to Iraq like a shot. Plenty of other young men are there already — Russians, French, Germans, Swedes, Chinese of course, even Turks and Lebanese. As one local politician remarked, when the Lebanese arrive you know there is money to be made.
Pity the article is by Jeffrey Archer. (I didn’t realise that he is 70, though.)
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