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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Remember Salam Pax?

If you were reading Magpie [or any number of other blogs] in the days immediately before and after the invasion of Iraq, you undoubtedly read posts about the 'Bagdad blogger,' Salam Pax, and his blog Where is Raed? Although there was some doubt about the blog's authenticity in right-wing circles, Pax's claim to be blogging from Baghdad was true, and he provided some of the only unfiltered accounts from inside Iraq during the lead-up to the war, and during the immediate aftermath of the invasion.

Since Pax's identity was a closely guarded secret, I'd never seen a photo of him until just now, when we ran into an article about his March 24 appearance at San Jose State University in California.


Finally, a photo of Salam Pax

'Baghdad blogger' Salam Pax [left] answers a question from an audience member.
[Photo: Spartan Daily]



From the Spartan Daily account of Pax's appearance:

"I thought that the moment the bombs would drop, that would be the last time I was blogging," Pax said....

Pax, who is in his early 30s, said it was strange to watch Baghdad be torn apart by bombs on television.

"You feel the ground rumbling," Pax said, "and a couple of seconds later, you see the screen flare up and you see where the bombs are falling...."

Every morning after the nighttime bombings, Pax and some members of his family would venture out to see the damage firsthand. When Pax's Internet connection was working, he would blog about the destruction he saw.

"I avoid looking at those entries," he said.

Pax said the early days of the war were "bad and strange and weird."

Although it was hard for Pax, who studied architecture, to see some of his favorite buildings destroyed, he said there was a sort of "euphoria" in the air when the war started.

"I was one of the people that were convinced there was absolutely no way we could get rid of Saddam on our own," Pax said. "We had to basically make a deal with the devil."

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