Salam Pax Is Real


| June 11, 2003


He has been called the Anne Frank of Baghdad for his insightful wartime diary, and he rivals Elvis in inscrutability and rumored sightings. In truth, he is Salam Pax, a well-informed Iraqi blogger who has been critical of both the former ruling Baath party, and the occupying Western allies. His blogs have created a fan base of malcontents who sport Salam Pax T-shirts, and his writing has been fodder for CNN, The New Yorker, and the Village Voice. Anyone who got caught up in the mystery of Salam Pax was musing about who the blogger might be, including reporter Peter Maass. After accumulating pieces of the Pax puzzle, Maass figured out that the evasive blogger was his very own interpreter with whom he had been traveling while covering the war. Maass says that Pax downplays his celebrity status. When Pax learned of the T-shirt and coffee mug product line featuring his namesake, he had a humble response: ?Are you kidding.?
?Nick Garafola

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