Life in Baghdad These Days

Memo To: Website Fans, Browsers, Clients From: Jude Wanniski Re: A Report From Baghdad Betty

Those of you who have been getting these missives for some time will recall me posting memos about “Baghdad Betty,” the nickname I gave to a 24-year-old Iraqi girl who lives in Baghdad. She has a “blogsite” called “Riverbend” where she writes what it’s like to be living in the midst of the chaos all around her. In my last posting, May 8, I incorrectly stated that she had worked in one of Saddam’s ministries in information technology, which is how she acquired computer skills. She said she actually worked in a Baghdad computer shop and never worked for the government. Her blogs used to come almost daily, but there have been fewer in recent months with power shortages getting worse. I checked this week and found she was able to post on Sunday. This is not the kind of news you’ll get in our major media.