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Tuesday, 20 March, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 20 Mar 07, 05:43 PM

Gordon BrownGordon Brown's last budget as Chancellor before he - more than likely - becomes the next PM. We assess what he might have in store for us all tomorrow.

Plus 10,000 British passports were issued as a result of fraudulent applications - in one year. How? And our second look at Iraq, four years on from the invasion. We meet one resident living at the heart of the conflict in the Baghdad Sunni district of Adamiyah.

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Magical thinking and the lost country

  • Salam Pax
  • 20 Mar 07, 08:44 AM

Baghdad blogger Salam Pax is providing regular despatches and thoughts as part of Newsnight's in-depth coverage of Iraq four years after the invasion.

Millions of Iraqis have been forced out of their homes by the conflictOne good thing to come out of George Bush’s reluctant acceptance that the power of Magical Thinking cannot make the situation in Iraq better is that we are now allowed to deal with issues which used to be political blind spots. The US administration is finally out of denial when the plight of about 4 million Iraqi refugees, displaced internally and abroad, is mentioned.

Although this has been going on since the start of the war we only recently learnt that “the international community had been overwhelmed by the problem, and needed to do much more to help”. Dear readers; behold the power of Magical Thinking (and maybe some political arm twisting), it can make millions of people vamoose only to suddenly reappear all over the place looking for refuge.

Before you panic and shout “close the gates, the Iraqis are coming!” you should know that half of those displaced are still within Iraq’s borders and the rest have only made it to neighbouring Arab countries.

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