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Tom Brown
Battle Lines is an ongoing Web log (blog) dedicated to providing a broad perspective on the latest news and developments from the war in Iraq. Response and suggestions are welcomed.

Tom Brown has been an editor, reporter and software analyst for The Seattle Times for 20 years.

April 22, 2003

The Saddam Files

(posted by Katherine Long)

How do you turn a society that was run through fear, torture and intimidation into something approaching a democracy? Newsweek's cover story, The Saddam Files, examines the atrocities and then asks some tough questions about what it's going to take to undo decades of rule where torture was routine and corruption was rampant.

"America wants to bring liberty and democracy to Iraq. But first the Iraqis will have to come to terms with the legacy of fear Saddam created, and regain the humanity that was frightened and beaten out of them by three decades of grotesque misrule. No wonder Iraqi looters torched and sacked the National Library and stole their nationís antiquities from the National Museum. They had lived all or most of their lives in a world where neighbors informed on each other for cash; where torturers multiplied their salaries each time they extracted a confession; where police made only $4 a month for catching crooks but could earn lavish bonuses by imprisoning people for their thoughts and words."

Did weapons story go too far?

Judith Miller's front-page scoop in the New York Times earlier this week was the first story to suggest that Iraq spirited banned weapons of mass destruction out of the country days before the US attacked. But the unusual deal Miller struck with the military unit she covers raises questions about whether she went too far to get the story, says Slate's Jack Schafer.

Posted by Katherine Long at April 22, 2003 03:19 PM

Tom Brown Katherine Long, research editor at the Seattle Times and 18-year editor and reporter, substituted for Tom Brown the week of April 14.

April 2003
March 2003

Signing off
The Saddam Files
Demonstrations in Karbala
Building a government from scratch
Smoking gun?
The irony of freedom
Where are the weapons?
Cultural advisors quit over antiquities issue
Baghdad reality check


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