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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Asked and answered

Random questions, not so random answers...

Q: Who forged the infamous 'Niger documents' that made Blair look so silly?

A: Michael Ledeen (allegedly - via Juan Cole)

[Wikipedia also has a good entry on the wonderfully named 'Yellowcake Forgery' which repeats the same allegation about the rather over-excitable Neo-con. Funny how things take their time to unravel... but unravel they always do in the end. The legal 'advice' given to Blair in March 2003 being another good example.]

Q: How many Filipinos work on US bases in Iraq?
A: 6000

[This is despite the fact that the Philippine government has apparently banned its citizens from working there. This is also despite the fact that there is an unemployment rate somewhere in the region of 70% in Iraq. For comparison, there are some 12,000 Korean civilian workers on US bases in South Korea, or there were until the US started cutting back.]


At April 28, 2005 10:56 PM, Blogger hanjuju said...

But did you hear, at least one Iraqi woman has found a job with the Korean troops? Oh wait, that's after her husband was killed by a Korean soldier... OhMyNews reports that back in December 2004, just a day before Roh's "surprise visit" to the troops, a Korean soldier in Zaytun accidentally shot and killed an Iraqi buddy of his. The whole thing was determined to be an "accident," and as restitution, the Korean government gave the widow a job working for their troops. No joke -- I wish I could be making this up.

At April 29, 2005 8:41 PM, Blogger kotaji said...

I hadn't heard that story at all, thanks for the link. It sort of doesn't surprise me - it fits with the general patronising attitude of the Roh Moo-hyun government to Iraq and the Iraqis.


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