Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, March 23, 2003

I'm Just Mad About Safwan, Safwan's Mad About Me

The shell(ing) game continues. Whom to believe? John Donvan? James Meek? The unexpurgated Dexter Filkins, or his imaginary twin brother Donald who's also called Dexter Filkins but filtered through Aussie eyes? Not being in Iraq myself I have no idea, but just the fact that NY times reporter Filkins used the expression "grim ecstasy" with no apparent ironic intent creeps me out enough to lean away from his presentation of events. (He's an "embedded" one, isn't he?) And after reading this article by Richard Dawkins (via Cyndy, link at sidebar) I must confess I'm inclined to incline towards fellow Guardian reporter Meek.