October 27, 2007

Blog World Expo in Las Vegas -- UPDATED

I was invited to speak at the Blog World Expo in Las Vegas next month, but I expected to be in Afghanistan, so I declined. As it turns out, though, I will just barely have time to attend (not as a speaker) before I leave for Fallujah.

Who else is going to be there? Leave a comment or shoot me an email.

UPDATE: I'll be there as a speaker after all. I'm being added to one of the panels.

Thursday, November 8 (2:45 – 3:45)

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 27, 2007 05:17 PM

Amm, hi, hello. Sorry for commenting even though you've only asked people to commet if they go to the convention.
But I've read your blog for some time and i realy cant help but asking a few questions.
So, you have obiously been in Iraq alot... and i wondered for some time - what kind of food do arabs eat in Iraq?
(And i mean when they have the luxury to choose their food of cours.)
What kind of music do they hear? who is the most famous singer/band there? what is the most popular TV show in Iraq? (In Kurdish Iraq? Sunni Iraq? Shia Iraq?)
Are there are any folks tales in Iraq? Like the boy who yelled "Wolf!" or something like that?
Is there one Iraq culture, or Shia-Iraqi, Sunni-Iraqi, and Kurdish-Iraqi cultures? Do most iraqis have anything in common at all?
Thanks in advance!

Posted by: Eldameldo at October 28, 2007 01:56 PM


Rather than answer all those questions here, I'll see how much of it I can roll into future dispatches. You aren't the first to ask those kinds of questions, but there are no short answers that can easily fit in a comments box.

Also, I don't know the answers to all of them.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 28, 2007 04:54 PM

I betcha they squeeze you in somehow. You're way too prominent a blogger to pass up.

Posted by: Brian H at October 28, 2007 06:47 PM

Brian H: I betcha they squeeze you in somehow.

Working on it...

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 28, 2007 08:16 PM

I really wish I could be there, partly for you, but can't.

You should read Hitch in Slate, on the Armenian genocide:
"In 1991, in northern Iraq, where you could still see and smell the gassed and poisoned towns and villages of Kurdistan, I heard Jalal Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan say that Kurds ought to apologize to the Armenians for the role they had played as enforcers for the Ottomans during the time of the genocide."

You disagreed with this idea when I suggested it (probably from reading Hitch, quite likely recommended by you years ago), but this is one of the very few times I think you were not quite right.

I expect the Turkey-Kurdish issues to come up, and hope you reconsider your own ideas about Kurdish independence. (Which I favor allowing the Kurds to decide about. Especially in Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Iraq.)

Have a great time.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at October 31, 2007 06:38 PM

Fair enough, Tom. I don't know what the Kurdish role in that was (to be honest), but I know very well what the Turkish role was.

In fairness to both, though, the regime that did it no longer exists. That doesn't mean it should be denied, obviously, but no one alive can possibly be guilty of any of those atrocities unless they are more than 100 years old.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 31, 2007 07:02 PM
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