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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Carnival of the Not Feeling So Terribly Liberated

posted by Jazz at 1/20/2005 11:47:00 AM


It's time once again to stop in to visit with our friends from the Iraq blogs and see how their "liberation" is going.

A Star from Mosul has survived a perilous journey to Baghdad where she will be spending her break from school work and celebrating the upcoming holiday with family members there. Recently she unfortunately made the decision to shut off comments for most of her posts having been attacked pretty viciously by a group of Bush supporters who thought she shouldn't dare question the American invasion and occupation. She and her classmates have had some problems, though.
During the exams, a girl's aunt got killed by the Americans and I told you about it.. And shortly after that, another girl's uncle got killed by the Americans. So, I guess I'm so thankful God for keeping my family healthy and alive!! Thank you..
Riverbend has gotten wind of the ending to the search for the WMD's. Needless to say, she's not terribly happy.
The weapons never existed. It's like having a loved one sentenced to death for a crime they didn't commit- having your country burned and bombed beyond recognition, almost. Then, after two years of grieving for the lost people, and mourning the lost sovereignty, we're told we were innocent of harboring those weapons. We were never a threat to America...

Congratulations Bush- we are a threat now.
She also does us a huge favor by pointing us to a new Iraqi blog (just added to our blogroll.) Welcome to "Free Iraq" (which Riverbend describes as being "more of a command than a description of the conditions in the country just now.") The owner of the blog is Imad Khadduri, author of Iraq's Nuclear Mirage. He has a few opening comments.

"When dozens of suspected fighters showed up for a so-called peace conference in Baquba on Tuesday, they told the governor sponsoring it why they would not lay down their weapons ahead of elections."

.... Many of the men - from clerics and tribal leaders to ex-army officers and professionals - just wanted to know when U.S. forces would leave. .. "I would have signed it [an oath printed in Arabic and English] if it said no attacks on Iraqi forces, but no attacks on U.S. forces when they are occupying the country?"

.... "This pledge commits you to not even speak against the Americans. I cannot sign it," said cleric Fouad Attiya, 40."If I call from my mosque for occupation forces to leave my country does that make me a terrorist? Is this the freedom and democracy they are bringing us?"
Rose speculates about whether or not she will vote in the elections this month.
For me, my decision till this moment is not to participate. I don�t think it worth to sacrifice my life for it, it will not make any difference and you will see. It will make things worse than before. when the Americans passed the government to DR. Alawi everyone wished that things would be better, because he is Iraqi, but things are still not, they became worse and now it is the same thing, we have many terrorists in our country and they will not leave us whether we have elections or not. and we are still not ready to defend our own country and we don�t have qualified people to do it. every thing is a mess here. Till now my balance goes to my family.
Abu Khaleel has a fascinating look inside the traditions and rituals of funerals in Iraq, detailing how they are observed and how the services differ for men and women.

In his other blog, he has a fairly lengthy list of complaints about some things happening in his country. You may argue as you like whether some or all of these complaints are true or rumors, but the fact that this is the perception of ordinary Iraqi citizens is likely a large part of the reason why we are failing. This is only a short excerpt.
1. Soldiers steeling money from houses they searched.

2. Soldiers, when faced with anything like a threat, firing at random�killing women and children in the process. Hundreds of such incidents!

3. Soldiers forcing open doors of stores and government establishments to looters.

4. Soldiers shooting and killing thousands of innocent civilians in their drive to take over unresisting Baghdad.

5. Soldiers forcing old, retired people and disbanded army officers to stand in line for most part of the day under the Iraqi summer sun and using truncheons to keep them �well-behaved� when receiving their pensions.

6. Soldiers shooting and killing people in a peaceful demonstration protesting against the use of a local school as military barracks� because they claimed they thought someone had fired a shot at them. None of those soldiers was even scratched. They left 13-17 unarmed dead bodies.

7. Scandalous, inhumanely sick behavior by personnel wearing US army uniform, including torture and the rape of women, men and small boys.
That's enough for today. There were a few more entries I could include, but I'm suddenly feeling ill.