Another Iraqi blogger

Another Iraqi blogger
: Salam Pax trumpets the arrival of a woman Iraqi blogger. I’ll say that I’m glad to have another blogger, another voice, a woman’s voice. Now that I’ve said that, let me quickly add that her first post is utterly full of camel crap. Her first words:

I know that one day there will be agreat revolution against the Americans and now we have the first seeds of that revolution… Did you know that at the beginning of the invasion everybody said it

  • http://www.madhoo.com Shanti

    :)

  • Joshua Chamberlain

    Of the many outrages inflicted on the Iraqi people by the Baathist regime, we should not forget that the destruction of individual liberty also works a terrible toll on responsibility and self-reliance. It appears that many Iraqis are waiting passively for the Coalition Authority to provide for them in the same way that Saddam’s totalitarianism did. One hope is that Iraqi ex-pats, separated from the total destruction of civil society perpetrated by Saddam, can help their countrymen to start to relearn the lesson that individual freedom requires individual responsibility.

  • Diana

    Thanks, Jeff.
    I was initially shocked by Zainab’s words, but then I realized…that’s the point of free speech, right? Free speech is offensive speech. We can take it. In fact, we need to.

  • http://spleenville.com/ Andrea Harris

    At the very least, what she says illustrates the problem there. (She sounds like a lot of people in Russia after the collapse of the USSR, pining for the good old days of rations and bread lines and so forth — at least they knew what sort of nothingness to expect the next day!) Hopefully she and others like here will be able to look back on their early words and say to themselves, “What was I thinking!”

  • Daniel

    I agree with Joshua’s incisive comments above. Not only do we have a collective responsibility to rid the world of its Saddams. Hitlers, and Kim Jong Ils, we also have a personal responsibility to try and rid ourselves of the little dictators within. Totalitarianism not only brutalizes the body–it also imprisons the mind and poisons the spirit. It is this invisible damage, seen so clearly in those who have lived through such paroxysms as the Cultural Revolution (my wife), which in many ways is the most corrosive force of all. Anyone who cannot recognize the psychological devastation that terror induces (e.g., the ridiculous “Not in My Name” peace protesters convinced that Bush is as bad as Saddam) does not deserve to be taken seriously when they trumpet their opinions to the world.

  • A Different Daniel

    Jeff,
    That’s a very selective quote, you removed this:
    “A convoy was trying to get inside ,one of the Americans got panic and started shooting at the masses ,two Iraqis got killed others wounded , terrible scarey scene . You have two sides each is inflicting the other great losses and its only the beginning.”
    Without it, it just looked like she was ranting for absolutely no reason. This might not justify all that she said, but you have removed important context.

  • http://site-essential.com MommaBear

    Once again, Salam’s ‘Democracy for Dummies’ needs to be hauled out of the back cupboard, thrust into each Iraqi’s hands, open to page 1, which says: What can YOU do to help get things going in a good direction.
    Nowehre in her entire first post does the woman even hint that she has a role to play, offer to go do something useful, and generally help get the country going again. MB left a comment there to just that effect, but no-one seemed to think any Iraqi has any responsibility; just wait for ‘someone’ to do something. Eeejyots!