the Saddam Hussein tape and the blond Iraqi prostitute
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--- K J WALSH <thekoba@...> wrote:
> Do you think the Aussies censored anything importantNot as far as I can tell, I found the sound just very
> what you can tell between the Arabic tape and what
> printed in English?
uneven and hard to make out in some places --
especially the places that they didn't transcribe.
Ibrahim tried a link he found to the recording and it
didn't work and I don't think he ever tried any
alternatives, so I never got to hear his reaction.
Other (written) messages have come along since. I
plan to listen to it again having gone into my system
and increased the volume in various places -- but
preferably will await some time when I am alone so as
not to blast everyone else.
By the way they are hopefully adding several messages
to the FAV website in the next few hours, including a
Saddam message published today in al-Quds al-Arabi (I
hope. Things have been a bit behind at the site,
apparently, though I try not to get behind or else I'd
be too lazy to translate a big mountain of stuff all
As to the article below, one
> wondersThis is an interesting and thought-provoking
> why an Iraqi woman would want to dye her hair blond.
phenomenon, actually, but somehow the non-Nordic
peoples of the world are very much drawn to blondes.
I had a good friend from Malaysia years ago -- a small
guy with the build of a fifth grader who said he grew
a beard because some guy once tried to pick him up
(thinking he was female) -- who confessed that he had
a tremendous infatuation with statuesque blondes.
Then a good Pakistani friend of mine back in the 1970s
was very much taken with all the blonde mondels of the
It's probably impossible to separate the admiration
for power and wealth of the west, plus the impact of
western TV and films on these people's psyche from
their purely innate aesthetic sense -- if there is
such a thing.
In other words, so long as the imperialists rule the
earth there might be a subconscious feeling that
"blonde is beautiful" BECAUSE blondes are associated
with the ruling racial group in the world, making them
a symbol for the pinnacle of beauty as they are at the
top of the social "pecking order".
But I'm not entirely sure that the phenomenon can be
limited to that. Apart from north Europeans,
basically, (and groups presumably mixed with them in
North Africa and the Middle East) hair is black or
very dark brown everywhere in the world. Blond hair,
red hair, even light brown "dishwater blond" hair are
all relatively rare in the world if one takes the
global population as a whole, and rare things are
often admired (though deformities are also frequently
If you ever get hold of an Indian magazine like India
Today or an Indian newspaper check out the personal
columns. The same is true of Egyptian papers, if you
can find them in English. Though few single males
would say that they were looking for blonde Indian or
Egyptian females (since they'd be condemned to keep
their ad in the paper a very long time that way) many
do stipulate a preference for women with a "wheaten"
complexion -- i.e., lighter skinned.
As with blondes, this could be a psychological
reflection of the domination of the western
imperialists for the last several centuries, and more
recently the domination of western films and TV in
setting international "standards" of beauty.
Until the social order is totally upset
internationally, however, it will be difficult to
ascertain whether that preference is purely social or
if there is indeed some innate tendency for a large
part of the population to prefer blonde hair and
lighter skin colour, particularly as elements of
As far as I know, the only "scientific" check we have
at present is the fact that in the imperial period of
the Roman Empire, surviving literature indicates that
it was common for Roman women of the upper class to
bleach or dye their hair blonde. The Germans at that
time were famous for being blond but they were
certainly not a dominant economic or social force in
the Roman world, and I would think that even the
reputation of Germans as good mercenary warriors would
not in itself encourage people to see blonde women as
So it seems to me that it is possible (though
controversial) that a large percentage of the world's
population, even without the "benefit" of imperialist
culture, might tend to view light-skinned,
light-haired females as more attractive than their