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Paddy Plastique BS: Algeria - 40 Years Old Today (18) RE: BS: Algeria - 40 Years Old Today 20 Mar 02

Keith A, not sure if it was 'gratitude', now (Theobold Wolfe Tone is the full name). That part of my
initial post was a bit tongue in cheek. Might express it as '...better the colonising devil you know...'. Greg - no intention to
evoke plastic explosives or anything like that - more whiskey in plastic bottles sort of thing.
GUEST, did anyone evoke Algeria as a home of liberty ? Anything but - it's still basically a military
junta with the front of occasional elections - albeit faced with an Islamic fundamentalist
opposition with a very vicious element within it (there's that 'devil you know' crux again). The last 10 years have seen a
very costly, in terms of human life, 'Dirty War'. The Berber-speaking minority don't enjoy too much liberty either.
As Sledge says, tens of thousands of lives lost and precious little mention in the English-speaking media.
Sledge, are you actually in Algeria ? They produce some fine music alright - Rai and all its cousins..
Wish I could afford to buy some of it :-<
Finally - actual Independence didn't kick in for a few months after the agreement - commemorated in Algeria on
the 5th of June. I can see why the Algerian population would view it all with indifference, all the same.

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