Arnett Writes


Peter Arnett now works for London's Daily Mirror; a rambling piece with his byline on it is here. The headline—for which Arnett is probably not responsible—is pure Mirror bombast: THIS WAR IS NOT WORKING.

Students of British tabloids may recall the Mirror's front-page headline over a once-famous John Pilger report: THIS WAR IS A FRAUD. Pilger's story was not about Iraq, but about Afghanistan. He wrote, "The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks? bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan. Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been terrorised by the most powerful…"

Meanwhile, London's Independent is reporting that "Hundreds of Iraqis shouting 'Welcome to Iraq' greeted US Marines who entered the town of Shatra yesterday after storming it with planes, tanks and helicopter gunships.

"A foot patrol picked its way through the small southern town, 20 miles north
of the city of Nasiriyah, after being beckoned in by a crowd of people.
'There's no problem here. We are happy to see Americans,' one young man