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Thursday, 23 August 2007


I was the most senior Iraqi who worked with the CPA in Basra between 2003 & 2004 and I said you do not know what are you talking about.

Thanks for your comment. I think I am clear that my source of information is Andrew Alderson's book. If his description of what happened is wrong I would be interested to hear how things really were.

If you think that I misinterpreted what he has written I apologize. It is always difficult to select and summarize and every reading of a text tends to take a different meaning and emphasis.

If you disagree with the implications I draw from my understanding of what happened we have to agree to disagree. In open societies people will have different views. I am always happy to debate but I feel very strongly that bureaucracies have a tendency to distortion and inhumanity. It is their nature and we have to protect ourselves from them by ensuring that strong mechanisms exist to correct their errors.

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