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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear Casi, I attach from Tom Young's Baghdad experience the relevant paras. I have telephoned the Foreign Editor of the Independent, who states that Robert Fisk drove in from Jordan, which as I had understood his (Fisk's) take. He even talked of the same old bribes on the border, which Iraq travellers were?are familiar with. I gather the American's at the border are also profitting - allegedly ) With respect, with Tom hearing no gunfire, seeing no hotels fall down, blow up etc. , is he in Baghdad, or on another planet - or with the Iraqi Prospect Org? Tom's take is below: 'I read a story from Robert Fisk last month. About arriving at Baghdad International Airport to accompanying gunfire and small rockets being launched. After 4 days in Baghdad I havent heard a single gunshot, let alone rocket. I find his description impossible to believe. Incidently Iraqi TV covered the incident last night, but omitted any mention of bodies being mutilated or the other more fanciful details that are being played out in Britain and America. This is not a city at war. There is no hostility to foreigners that I have encountered. The fact that so many of the left and the "humanitarians" wish to believe otherwise reminds me nothing more than the great Lewis Carrol poem "The Walrus and Carpenter" 'I weep for you, said the Carpenter, I deeply sympathise, All the while picking out those of the biggest size' Cheers Tom Young _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk