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today's required reading(s): an iraqi voice

From Zeyad of Healing Iraq:

According to a poll by an Iraqi agency, only 3% of Iraqis want Saddam back and less than 40% want the Americans to leave immediately. Did you even hear about these results?

If you think that Iraqis aren't doing enough, then you're being mislead by your media. Thousands of people are applying to be members of IP, FPS, and the civil defense force. They are begging for the security to be in their hands. We know how to handle those scum. The Americans are more interested in being nice and all about human rights and free speech and stuff. We have our own Law and court systems which we can use but the CPA won't allow us to. They are being too lenient and forgiving on our expence. If you think that is what is required to build a successful democracy then you're too deluded. You don't know the first thing about the Iraqi society.

Iraqis are providing intelligence to the CPA hourly. Just ask the soldiers here. Iraqis are cooperating in every way they can. They're losing their lives for it goddammit. If you aren't seeing it on tv, it isn't my fucking problem.

Yes, I want you to read the whole thing. Every word.

Unfortunately, the right people won't be reading this. Perhaps I should email a copy to certain people. Hell, every member of Congress should read Zeyad's blog. Every single "Pull Out The Troops" demonstrator. Every member of Bush's administration. Most of all, every member of the media who covers this war in every way should read it.

It seems to me that no one is talking to the real Iraqis to find out what's going on in the hearts and minds of the ordinary Iraqi citizen. We all know what the Baathists think. We all know what the anti-war Americans think. Maybe it's time the media started talking to people like Zeyad.

Everyone who wants the media to report more on what the Iraqis who don't want the Americans to leave are saying should copy and past Zeyad's full post and email to it every major media outlet. And then mail it to every anti-war organization, every anti-war website and to everyone who is calling for the troops to be pulled out now.

I think I'll start by mailing a copy of Zeyad's post to Ted Rall. I'll work my way up from there. I'm sure that Ted and others like him will dismiss the email, or find ways to pick it apart, or call Zeyad's blog a fake. Or maybe they will really read it and learn something from it. One can hope.

When you are done with that, go read this, Revisionist Thoughts, published in the Arab News. That's right, I said Arab News:

Is it too early to adopt a revisionist view of the US war in Iraq and for this column to admit its mistake in having vehemently opposed it from the outset?

At issue here is whether the Iraqi people have benefited from the overthrow of the Baathist regime and whether the American occupation will eventually benefit their country even more. Im convinced and berate me here from your patriotic bleachers, if you must that what we have seen in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates in recent months may turn out to be the most serendipitous event in its modern history.

Yes, please read the rest of that, too.

via Roger Simon

Also, for a view of an American (non-military) working in Iraq, read Dave's Not Here.

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It's always amazing to me how the Left screams about "diversity" and "all cultures are equally valid", yet treats the "little brown peoples" as children.

[Pats the Iraqi on the head]Don't worry, comrade. We're your betters, we know what's best, so when you're ready for an opinion we'll give it to you.

BTW, I read "Revisionist Thoughts" and a pig flew past my window. Darnedest thing.

I prefer Zeyad to that perpetual whiner, Riverbend. Sure, she has some interesting things to say, but shit she complains a lot. She could be given $1 million, and then she'd bitch that it wasn't $2 million.

Isn't invading a country that was no threat, because obviously the Right knows soooo much better how to runa country, just as insulting to the Iraqis?

And why are the Iraqis trying to throw out an occupation force suddenly not "real" Iraqis? I don't claim that Republicans, despite their party being taken over by a militant fundamentalist sect, aren't "real" Americans.

>Maybe it's time the media started talking to people like Zeyad.

Maybe it was time for that before we dropped so many bombs and so many Iraqis and American soldiers lost their lives? I'm not saying we shouldn't be over there, I'm just saying that it wouldn't hurt to actually have valid and cogent reasons to start a war before the bullets fly.

>[Pats the Iraqi on the head]Don't worry, comrade. We're your betters, we know what's best, so when you're ready for an opinion we'll give it to you.

Ummm... you've just very effectively described the Bush administration's attitude, and the whole thrust of this war, though it appears you were trying to make an opposing point. This is something that empires do, period, regardless of which 'side' they claim to be on. It's nothing new; our country was founded on the same principles.

>It's always amazing to me how the Left screams about "diversity" and "all cultures are equally valid", yet treats the "little brown peoples" as children.

Have you heard of Liberia? Why aren't we over there? What kept us out of Sarajevo for so long? Panama? Nicaragua? We flat-out told the Kuwaitis that they weren't qualified to judge whether or not Hussein's actions required a military response. Trying to pin this on one side or the other isn't just over-simplistic, it's inane.

I mean, really. Why let our beautiful minds be distracted by all of those soldiers dying. Look at all the SCHOOLS!

I appreciate your trying, Michelle, but it's hopeless. Pretty much everybody's mind closed months ago and they won't be opening come Hell or high water.

>Pretty much everybody's mind closed months ago

Aye, just how many months ago was it that Reagan was elected?

Actually, I'd put the date closer to 2000 years ago, but that's just nitpicking.

It's funny hearing somebody with a closed mind bitch about others having closed minds.

The fact that another mind can't hold your thoughts may have less to do with the openness of the mind in question and more to do with the twistedness of your thoughs.

Does anyone know what "Bill" is talking about? Because I sure don't.

Beats me. He sure does like his assumptions, though.