Looters Drop In on Tarik Aziz

I’m continuing with my tour of the press from the “axis of weasels” (or, as Jay Leno would now have it, the “axis of envy”), i.e. those of our NATO allies who didn’t think the direct solution to “regime change” in Iraq was such a good idea. Today let’s look at France.

A reporter for Libération tagged along as a mob went to loot the luxurious Baghdad villa of Iraqi vice-Premier Tarik Aziz. There are few better ways than this, it seems, to really get to know a person, other than perhaps engaging in a long-term intimate relationship, and Aziz was obviously out-of-bounds for that latter purpose for a number of serious reasons.

Naturally, Aziz’s Baghdad home was a cut far above the living arrangements of his fellow countrymen: two stories (with elevator connection), twenty rooms (of which six bathrooms, done in the usual marble and gold), a covered swimming pool, location on the Tigris in an ultra-exclusive neighborhood – that is to say, guarded by special security troops who barred access, either by vehicle or on foot, to anyone not actually belonging there. In addition to a collection of dozens of bottles of alcohols of various brands, Aziz owned the sort of “power library” you would probably expect: works by Nixon, Kissinger, Anwar Sadat, Boutros Boutros Ghali, together with the mandatory collected works of Saddam Hussein. With his videos, however, he had a chance to occasionally let down his hair: the Godfather is there, of course, but so are Tom and Jerry and films featuring Marilyn Monroe.

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