<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3616-2003Jan2.html">The Washington Post</a> reports on a "peace delegation" of "U.S. religious leaders"--fully clothed, we presume--who paid a visit to Baghdad. The most revealing quote comes from Melvin Talbert, a United Methodist Bishop, after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz: "He understood that the image of Iraq in our country is a negative one and we're here to put a positive spin on things." Uhm, what??!!? What possible positive SPIN can you put on Iraq? "Hey, everyone, Saddam is not bad, he has a nice house, lovely people around him and he uses soap that was made without animal testing." South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also <a href="http://www.observer.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,868929,00.html">doing his best</a> to put a positive spin on the Iraqi dictatorship. London's Observer says Tutu is denouncing Tony Blair for favoring the liberation of Iraq. "Many of us are deeply saddened to see a great country such as the United States aided and abetted extraordinarily by Britain," Tutu complains. "To see a powerful country use its power frequently unilaterally, I mean the United States says, 'You do this' to the world--'If you don't do it we will do it'--that's sad, that's sad." Oh boo-#@#@- hoo, Tutu. Tutu adds that many members of al Qaeda are "not lunatic fringe, many of them are quite intelligent," and--get ready for it--that people should ask why they "should be willing to pilot a plane and go to their deaths."