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Former 'LA Times' Baghdad Chief Says Iraqis Are 'Humiliated'
Editor & Publisher ^ | 11 May 2007 | Joe Strupp

Posted on 05/11/2007 5:20:34 PM PDT by Kitten Festival

NEW YORK Former Los Angeles Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Borzou Daragahi says he doubts the "surge" in Iraq will work, and describes Iraq citizens as "hostile" and "humiliated" after four years of war.

Asked by Brian Lamb, in a forthcoming C-SPAN interview, about his personal views on the war, he replied: "I think at this point, it just – it seems like it’s become a disaster. I mean, I don’t think anyone could dispute that. It’s just going very, very, very, very badly." He said he had mixed feelings about the invasion but "As time wore on, though, as the bodies mounted, it just seems more and more like a really bad mistake."

The interview will be broadcast Sunday night.

Daragahi, a Pulitzer finalist in 2005, admits to deceiving his family, and editors, on some occasions about life in the war zone: "You know, there was no planning of, OK, I'm going to deceive my wife, I'm going to deceive my family. It was just, you know, you're in this crush of news and trying to get the story out....in addition to that, I had all these bureaucratic duties, because I became bureau chief. I had all these managerial duties - finances and safety issues and logistics, and so on. And so, the pressure, the amount of work was so intense that you end up perhaps sacrificing some facts when you're recounting your day to your family or your spouse, and even your editors."

Daragahi, an Iranian-born journalist who has also worked as a freelancer, plans to return to the Middle East soon as a Times' Beirut correspondent. In the interview with C-SPAN, scheduled to run Sunday night at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., he recounts life in the war-torn area, how he survived the mental and physical demand,

(Excerpt) Read more at mediainfo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: borzou; iraq; iraqis; losangelestimes
Borzou usually has good insights.
1 posted on 05/11/2007 5:20:38 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

Examples for his “good insight”?

Judging from the above article it’s (quite a surprise) an Iranian MSM dolt whining how awful the surge is... that’s probably the reason he worked for the LA Times.


2 posted on 05/11/2007 5:24:06 PM PDT by SolidWood (Islam is an insanity cult that makes everyone act Arab)
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To: Kitten Festival

OK....let’s do this. If things are really going bad, one of two things has to happen. Either let our military do their thing without interference from Congress......or bring them home. Level the dam place and get rid of the bad guys with no questions asked and don’t ask for permission to take one of them out.


3 posted on 05/11/2007 5:25:29 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Kitten Festival
Daragahi, an Iranian-born journalist

This loser needs to go back to the mother country.

4 posted on 05/11/2007 5:26:11 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Kitten Festival

Daragahi - Could it be he is Imadingaling’s Iranian mouthpiece?


5 posted on 05/11/2007 5:27:00 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: Bushbacker1

Since he worked for the LA Times... apparently yes.


6 posted on 05/11/2007 5:28:06 PM PDT by SolidWood (Islam is an insanity cult that makes everyone act Arab)
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To: Kitten Festival
Daragahi, a Pulitzer finalist in 2005, admits to deceiving his family, and editors, on some occasions about life in the war zone

all in a day's work for the world-class journalists of our time.

7 posted on 05/11/2007 5:28:34 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Thank you St. Jude.)
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To: Kitten Festival

I’m seeing a pattern here. You’re hells bells for getting rid of Wolfowitz, but you are on a first name basis with terrorist sympathizing journalists who work for the LA Times. And by the way, I wonder how high on the humiliation scale does the prewar mass murder of Kurds and Shiites rank.


8 posted on 05/11/2007 5:28:39 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Kitten Festival
it seems like it’s become a disaster.

Is he talking about Iraq or just Baghdad?
9 posted on 05/11/2007 5:29:55 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Kitten Festival

Incredibly over the top negative.

Out of touch with the big picture.


10 posted on 05/11/2007 5:30:37 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Kitten Festival

They’re humiliated because they can’t or won’t do anything on their own. I think they are too used to being told what to do in that part of the world.


11 posted on 05/11/2007 5:31:07 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Kitten Festival

Iraqi citizens should be slap assed mortified, they seem to have the inborn ability to screw up anything they touch!
Hell, honorable folks would have committed mass suicide, long time ago, in the same situation!


12 posted on 05/11/2007 5:31:09 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Kitten Festival
"I think at this point, it just – it seems like it’s become a disaster. I mean, I don’t think anyone could dispute that. It’s just going very, very, very, very badly." He said he had mixed feelings about the invasion but "As time wore on, though, as the bodies mounted, it just seems more and more like a really bad mistake."

So he thinks Saddam should have been left alone to brutalize the Iraqis 'cause it wasn't so bad then? Or maybe he thinks the US forces should just up and leave. What does he think will happen then? (Let me offer a hint - it will go very, very, very, very, very badly.)

13 posted on 05/11/2007 5:33:07 PM PDT by vrwc1
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To: Kitten Festival

http://www.q-and-a.org/


14 posted on 05/11/2007 5:34:13 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: stuartcr

I agree.


15 posted on 05/11/2007 5:35:18 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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Borzou? From Iran? From the LA TIMES? As reported in Editor and Publisher?

Could there be any MORE reasons not to believe a word this guy says?

16 posted on 05/11/2007 5:54:20 PM PDT by Godwin1 (.)
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To: stuartcr
They’re humiliated because they can’t or won’t do anything on their own. I think they are too used to being told what to do in that part of the world.

You've just underlined the failure of "Operation Iraqi Freedom". Giving those people freedom means giving them the freedom to establish sharia law and become part of the international jihad. Our goal in Iraq should not have been freedom for the Iraqis, but rather, freedom from Saddam and his sons and cronies. However, we should have helped set up a new "kinder, gentler" strongman to take Saddam's place.

It's the only way to keep those people under control (i.e. keep them from being jihadists).

17 posted on 05/11/2007 6:00:51 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: Kitten Festival

Strange.


18 posted on 05/11/2007 6:07:41 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I believe that there are some parts of this world, that are just not ready for anything more than having a strong man tell them what to do. This will probably change with time, but not soon enough for todays attitudes.


19 posted on 05/11/2007 6:10:55 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

I’m seeing a pattern here.

&&
I have noticed that also with this poster. Probably a DNC plant.


20 posted on 05/11/2007 6:22:39 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Duncan Hunter in 2008!)
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To: Kitten Festival
Well, yeah, gee, Borzou - I know I keyed your brand-new ride, slashed the tires and poured sugar in the gas tank, but why in God's name can't you take better care of your new car?

I mean, man - have you no pride? Your ride looks just awful!

21 posted on 05/11/2007 6:29:45 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Gun Control, the Sequel: More and Morerer)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Don’t be silly. Take off your tinfoil hat, it makes you look impotent.


22 posted on 05/11/2007 6:30:53 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Bigg Red

Nope. Try again, Einstein. /s


23 posted on 05/11/2007 6:31:27 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival
Borzou usually has good insights.

At least the Romans granted their captives citizenship and brought them into the fold and brought stability to the lands that they conquered.

Your friend is an historical illiterate who apparently doesn't know the first thing about how the Romans treated those whom they conquered. Standard procedure for Roman legions in dealing with a populace that continued to resist them was to kill those who openly opposed them and enslave the rest. Scorched earth tactics such as vastatio (which is the Latin root for 'devastation') were also routinely employed by Roman legions when engaged in a military campaign. So to compare how the Romans treated their enemies with how the United States treats its enemies and then conclude that the Romans come out on the plus side humanatarian-wise is to show that one is a fool who should have kept his mouth shut on the issue.

24 posted on 05/11/2007 7:49:22 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Kitten Festival

I wonder if the Iraqis hate the US press as much as we do.


25 posted on 05/11/2007 8:01:05 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: All; Kitten Festival

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Los Angeles Times generic =

Los Angeles Times Media Critic:

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DAVID SHAW: RATHER’s work ‘Shoddy, Slipshod’..not LIBERAL..?

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1227809/posts

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26 posted on 05/11/2007 9:13:09 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Now you know why I was careful to say ‘usually.’


27 posted on 05/11/2007 10:17:43 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival
Another day, another bit of Al Qeda propaganda from the usual Al Qeda Cheerleaders here on Free Republic.

Sorry but a guy that never even left the Green Zone is hardly a "good source" for anything about Iraq. Considering that a number of AP stringers are in Iraq prisons caught red handed helping the terrorists should make THINKING Freeprs highly suspicious of anything published in by the US Junk Media as coming from clearly tainted sources. But as usual the Al Qeda Cheerleaders here simply ignore ALL factual context to to mindlessly regurgitate what fits in with their own emotion based political bigotry on Iraq.

28 posted on 05/12/2007 6:54:24 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (If you will try being smarter, I will try being nicer.)
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To: Kitten Festival
Take off your politically bigoted blinders on Iraq, your habit of ignoring all factual reality on Iraq make you look like an utter moron
29 posted on 05/12/2007 6:56:18 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (If you will try being smarter, I will try being nicer.)
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To: Kitten Festival

He knows because he has been in a room in the Baghdad Hilton for 4 years. More Leftist pablum.

PRay for W and Our Freedom Fighters


30 posted on 05/12/2007 6:56:58 AM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both Enemies of America)
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To: RC2

Killing Sadr, and leveling the Sunni Triangle should be our farewell shot at the jihadists. Perhaps the poor Iraquis would be able to join with Kurdistan to fend off the Al Q’s.


31 posted on 05/12/2007 11:40:08 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: Kitten Festival

Watching now. He’s very interesting and he is also somewhat evasive and mysterious. At first I thought he had probably worked for one of our intell agencies, but 20 minutes into the program I lost that thought.


32 posted on 05/13/2007 5:21:49 PM PDT by leadpenny
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