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Beaten to it again 6, January 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Iraq, Qatar.
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I think I’ve said this before, but it really is annoying when someone says something that you wish you’d said yourself. Recently, I’ve been somewhat peeved to read JE Peterson’s excellent article on Qatar entitled ‘Qatar and the World: Branding for a Micro-State’. This perfectly sums up the situation and I simply wish that I’d coined the phrase first. But never mind.

It is a similar story of being beaten to the punch though this time in terms of predictions.  Tom Ricks over at the new Foreign Policy blogging site made a prediction that 2009 will see the first fire fight between the private armies roaming around Iraq (Blackwater etc) and Iraqi security forces. This, it seems to me, would be a good bet.