The last time I flew into Baghdad airport was in January 1991. It was just before the cruise missile attacks on the city at the start of the operation to retake Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's occupying forces. I came by commercial flight again this week, but to a different Iraq. It's an Iraq where Saddam-era tyranny has been decentralised, messianic U.S. policy experimentation has fallen flat on its face and violence, crime and hardship are the bedrock of ordinary existence.
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from Pakistan: Now or Never?:
The Pakistan election campaign has been so muted until now that from the outside it can be hard to believe it's really happening. So plaudits to Pakistan Politics for posting the TV ads of the main political parties. The Pakistan Policy Blog provides a summary of the ads, though you don't need to understand the language to get the drift.
Gen. John Craddock, NATO’s supreme allied commander, Europe, surprised American reporters by using soccer to explain his problems in Afghanistan.