Updated One unfortunate side effect of Gulf War II has been the complete disappearance of affable Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf.
We say unfortunate because al-Sahaf will go down in history as one of the most entertaining mouthpieces of tyranny ever to grace the international stage.
So, while al-Sahaf's ancestor Josef Goebbels could only muster po-faced rantings about "total war" as Berlin burned around him, our man in Baghdad amazed the world with his up-beat optimism and cheery smile.
Indeed, it takes a class act to declare that ""There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!", while laser-guided munitions whistle around your ears. And who can forget the immortal "No, I am not scared and neither should you be!"
But, despite al-Sahaf's swift exit from the propaganda stage, we can rest assured that his performances will continue to entertain future generations thanks to www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com.
The site is a celebration of all things al-Sahaf, who is "currently on administrative leave". As well as a comprehensive compendium of Sahafisms, readers might enjoy the section speculating as to what spin our hero might have applied to great battles of history. The D-Day landings? No problem: "Americans? What Americans? There are no American infidels in France, never!"
Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, we salute you. And, were it not for the fact that you are (were?) the wise-cracking face of a brutal and murderous regime, we'd like to think that you'd always find a home with the British Labour Party. You're a lot more entertaining than Clare Short, that's for certain. ®
The Iraqi information minister homage site is currently down. It took Reg readers about two minutes to flatten it - quicker than a B-2 strike on a Baghdad restaurant. We suggest you try again at the weekend when the owners might have sorted out some proper bandwidth.
We're reliably informed that you can now access the site at: http://184.108.40.206.