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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 06:42 am
Tony Parkinson, sane guy at The Age, on events in Iraq:
This week, for a second time this year, Iraqis braved violence and intimidation to go the polls. Whichever way the vote goes on the draft constitution, never before have citizens of an Arab nation had the right to decide the laws under which they will be governed.
You might think that, in itself, is a significant milestone. But no. Instead, we have heard how the constitution was flawed, the vote fraudulent and the result destined to trigger civil war. The nay-saying has been relentless.
Comical Ali, wherever he is, must be loving this. For of all the lies Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf told during his infamous stint as Saddam’s minister for disinformation, none have been quite so brazen as the attempts this week to turn the facts on their head.
Parkinson may lately have been reading dispatches from Comical Paul McGeough.