free access to the internet, (and the stones to do what he does with it). Do we know what the title of the blog refers to? I presume from the quality of the writing that Salam is well educated - in English. Is that the case? And if he has spent significant time outside of Iraq, when/why did he go back?

Of course, all this could be better directed at Salam himself, but he has more to worry about these days than my curiosity.


Posted by: Ken at March 18, 2003 02:36 PM

Ken -- Do a Google Search on his name & Glenn Reynolds; I'm guessing Glenn has written about Pax's circumstances in the past....

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 18, 2003 02:52 PM

there is quite a bit on other blogs regarding whether or not he is for real...his [salam's] october archives have some commentary on that i believe.

i think that once the bombs start falling his site is going to get hammered...but i think that will be the least of his problems.

it definately makes iraq seem not-so-very-different when he is buying CD's that i would listen to as well. I guess geek culture is global.

i hope he is able to keep writing for a long time.

Posted by: thephil at March 18, 2003 03:12 PM

I liked to Salam's site on my blog. Then he clicked over to see who linked him. In my Site Meter stats, his Time Zone was reported as Baghdad.

That was all the evidence I needed to decide his blog is real.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at March 18, 2003 05:59 PM

As a linguist and an English teacher, the blog in question reads as if it were written (or is translated/heavily edited by) a native speaker of American English.

If it's written by an Iraqi, it's an Iraqi who's bilingual/bicultural (as in spent much of his life in the US).

Just my opinion.

Posted by: Michael Farris at March 19, 2003 08:56 AM
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