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 Regarding Felicity's post on 'Wag the Dog' ... I've heard this movie aired on Iraqi TV during Desert Fox (December '98)? Can anyone confirm?
 "Dune" (and more distantly, "Three Kings", and "Star Wars: Episode 1") have been mentioned as metaphors for West/Iraq relations. "Three Days of the Condor" (1975) could be added to the list, at least as regards the (non-)role of the press.
In "Condor", the hero quashes a rogue CIA operation (simplistically, it's "all about oil"), and the Agency tries to bury the evidence. In the final scene, the hero (Robert Redford) tells a CIA operative that the evidence has been given to the New York Times! His triumph is short lived:
CIA: "How do you know they'll print it? You can take a walk, but how far if they don't print it?"
Redford (Less confident): "Oh, they'll print it."
CIA: "How do you know?"
[An increasingly worried Redford sinks back into the crowd. Freezeframe. Finis.]
From: farbuthnot [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 1:26 PM
Subject: Wag the DogThree
Worth revisiting the above - it's spookily apt. However here in the real world what does the US do in times of crisis (Lewinsky, Flowers and now the REALLY big one - Enron) bomb Iraq. Could they be so blatant again? They will. best, f,