Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a fair amount of hits from Dear Raed, so I went over to take a look. From what I gather, it’s a blog by a guy named Salam, writing from Baghdad, Iraq, and relayed through his boyfriend Raed somewhere in Jordan.
I have to say I’m a little skeptical about the blog, considering that the cost of an Internet connection in Iraq is extremely prohibitive and that Salam’s blog is staunchly anti-Saddam, so I’m not sure how he manages to stay online. But the entries I’ve seen were all interesting, funny, informative. So the question is: Is it authentic? I don’t know. I’m not sure that anyone online is who they say they are. Judge for yourself.


2 Responses to “statistics”

  1. Dave Nadig Says:

    I think Raed/Salam is for real. The details are almost too mundane to bother faking. And while he is definately anti-Saddam, he’s also anti-war and prtty hostile towards American’s at time.

    Even if it’s a fake, ask yourself if it matters after you read him. Grant yourself that it’s fiction. It still forces you to think in a different perspective about what it must be like to be on the other side of the oil trench.

  2. Al-Muhajabah Says:

    I’ve communicated with Salam by email. Whether or not he’s in Iraq, he’s in some country that blocks access to the U.S. State Dept. website. In my blog, I had posted a link to an article on that site, and Salam asked me to copy the article into email because he couldn’t access the site.

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