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Iraq’s bad press

Big media were misreading Iraq right up to the elections. Were they hoping for failure?

By Bartle Bull   March 2005

The prettiest Iraqi woman I know told me recently that election day here was “orgasmic.” It certainly started with a bang for me, as a mortar shell landed at about 7.30am not far from where I was living in Sadr City. As I walked the streets, the voting was especially brisk between eight and nine in the morning, and then it appeared to tail off in the late morning.

There was the usual violence in my neighbourhood: a car bomb that killed three people, four mortar shells, sporadic gunfire popping away. By noon, the morning’s eager tone seemed to me…

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