Friday, October 14, 2005

Diplomatics & Forgery in contemporary politics

Juan Cole, who blogs on topics related to Iraq, does some Mabillon-esque diplomatics on the letter purported to have been sent by Zawahiri (al-Qaeda's number two man) to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq.

While we are at it, on the day Karl Rove testifies (again) before a grand jury, we might remember that both Palmgate (wholly) and the argument for war in Iraq (partially) have roots in what was by some accounts an embarassingly badly forgery, the "Yellow Cake" memo, which was confirmed by the recently eNobled Mohamed ElBaradei. This is the Wikipedia piece on the topic, whose quality we may be in a position to judge next week. And this a newspaper article on the problems in the documents.

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