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Saturday, March 22, 2003
 
KARBALA AND FRANCE

The Israeli television has broadcast this evening a news story made in the early 1990s about the Shi'ite uprising in Karbala, 100 km south of Baghdad. Karbala is one of the holiest sites to the Shi'ites, but this didn't stop Saddam from crushing the rebellion and killing 100,000 people. The rebels finally took refuge in a holy tomb, but the Republican forces stormed the building and murdered them all.

They have also broadcast part of a documentary about how France aided Iraq in its quest to built nuclear weapons, and particularly Chirac's role in that process. The "talking heads" in the documentary were all senior Iraqi figures, including Tariq Aziz. It would be interesting to see the documentary in its entirety.





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