Ali Ballout (A Lebanese professional journalist) is currently working with Peter Grimsditch (A British professional journalist) on a book about Saddam's dealings with Washington from 1970 up to the beginning of thid year. Ali writes in Arabic, Peter receives a straight translation and edits/rewrites it. Ali is former editor in chief of Ad Dustour. Peter worked on Daily Mail, Express, Sunday Mirror, New York Post among others before moving to Beirut. They contributed this article to Media Monitors Network (MMN).