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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

An Iraqi Journalist's Experience of the US Detention

Dr Muthana al-Dhari, editor-in-chief of al-Basaer newspaper and media officer of the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), was detained in Bahgdad by the US military on August 2, 2004. In an interview following his release he makes some interesting observations.
"I got the impression that US interrogators and CIA officers have not a clue about what they are doing. Their questions were shallow and indicated serious ignorance of the Iraqi scene."

"I also noticed they are so keen to mock, ridicule, and insult us. Some of them are good people, and are very angry at [President] George Bush, one of them told me if he (Bush) loves Iraq so much, why does he not bring his family and live here?"
Given the fact that even qualified Arabic and other foreign language translators at the US forces' disposal are allegedly still in a severely short supply, this impression of Dr al-Dhari's does not surprise me in the least. Also note his sentiment towards Americans:
"They [the interrogators] asked me, why we hate them? I told them that we do not hate the American people, they are welcomed as tourists, traders…etc., but not as occupiers."

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