I was grazing over at Fragments this morning...as usual Fred emparted tasty tidbits, wonderful photos and thoughtful links...then I clicked on the link in this entry:
Then listen! All about bedbugs (coming soon to a interstate motel near you!) and an interview with Salam Pax, the Baghdad Blogger and called the "the Anne Frank of this war."
I composed and discarded several comment entries, no, I thought leave Fred to his own devices...shout not in his gentle space...use the blog.
The comparison between 13-yr old Anne Frank's diary, and 29-yr old Iraqi blogger Salam is beyond the pale...the Elvis reference is simply bizarre. Has the journalistic world gone mad? Is their moral compass so skewed that they have abandoned common sense?
The comparison to a family hiding and fearing for their very lives every second of every day is an affront to decency and the memory of 6 million murdered Jews.
Salam's own words reveal how little his life resembled Anne's:
An excerpt from Anne Frank's diary:
Peter Maass writes:
I needed a new interpreter to fill the gap for two weeks or so, and the colleague mentioned that he had just met a smart and friendly guy named Salam. I quickly traced Salam to the Sheraton Hotel. Salam—this is his real first name—was sitting in a chair in the lobby, reading Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle".
How very hip of the trendy Salam, wonder what they were reading in the prisons under Baghdad while Salam was blogging?
There was no escape or choice for Anne Frank only a brutish internment and death.
Anne Frank was sent to Bergen-Belsen after being evacuated from Auschwitz in October, 1944. As starvation. cold and disease swept through the camp's population, Margot, Anne's sister, developed typhus and died. A few days later, Anne herself, in April, 1945, succumbed to the disease a few weeks before the camp was liberated by the British. She was 15 years old.
Salam however seems to be holding up well in spite of his victimization by American right-wing extremists:
What an admirable man our Salam is, living large, American style. Will anyone remember Salam Pax in 20 years? I think not.
Whereas, Anne Frank will live on until the end of recorded history as an example of what happens when men such as Salam do not stand up against evil.
Iraqi's bear moral responsiblity and condemnation for the bad acts of the Ba'athist Party as much as any German who joined the Nazi party to get along and live comfortably off the misery and murder of their fellow countrymen. The fact that the media elite doesn't support the current administration and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein doesn't excuse Iraqis from culpability for children's prisons and mass graves.
Sorry, but as Elvis once remarked "That dog won't hunt."