Iraq is about people

Iraq is about people

: In this election, we are treating the people of Iraq like pawns, not unlike Dick Cheney’s daughter being used by both sides, except that her life isn’t at constant risk. All the talk is about WMDs and mistakes and foreign alliances and none of it is about people yearning to live free. It’s too easy to forget that the people of Iraq are living with terror as they also live with hope for a new nation; it’s too easy to ignore them… until you read their words. I have been remiss not reading their words enough lately.

So read Zeyad living with the loss of his friends to the terrorists:

Another acquaintance, a doctor called Zeyad Walid, was found decapitated in Yusifiya, southwest of Baghdad. He worked with a pharmacist, Zena Al-Qashtini, who was also found shot in the head. They were both kidnapped from a pharmacy in Harthiya by 10 armed assailants a few weeks ago at mid-day in front of a large crowd of customers. His brother abroad collected a ransom thinking he was kidnapped by petty criminals. Turns out that the pharmacy had previously sold some pharmaceuticals to the US army and this was their punishment for ‘collaboration’….

Now read Ali about the terrorists’ threats and the citizens’ bravery facing them:

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  • chuck

    not unlike Dick Cheney’s daughter being used by both sides
    Jeff, who raised the topic. Twice. On national television. Strikes me that you are reaching a bit for moral equivalence here. Both side are *not* equally the blame.
    Same for the Iraqis. Who called the terrorists minute men? Who sat by President Carter? Moral equivalence is not moral superiority, it is moral blindness.

  • button

    And, it turns out, we are still not through with Taliban threats either. I just blogged an article from Dar Al-Hayat that the much-awaited Ramadan TV mini-series The Road to Kabul had to be scratched from Jordanian TV by the Qatar TV company due to ominous threats from the Taliban. They’re still trying to control people and they are still succeeding in censoring what other people in the rest of the world want to watch. This stinks!!!

  • Funny, I was up late last night here in the UK and heard you live on BBC Radio 5. Since I once worked with the BBC it was like two very different worlds colliding, a past life with the present one (hums Twilight Zone theme etc.)
    “Iraq is about people.” You said that last night on the radio as well. Good, succinct thought- the way you expressed it on radio I thought lucid even by your own, high standards. Is it a recent thought of yours or has it been simmering a while?
    The radio host kept getting Buzzmachine’s name wrong. Heh.

  • Jeff,
    You and I probably don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, including this war, but I do agree wholly with your sentiment. I would strongly recommend seeing the movie “About Baghdad” if you can manage. The filmmakers basically were trying to confront this same problem.
    Keeping in mind it was shot last year, and was primarily restricted to the Baghdad area, it was, I thought, an incredible film. I don’t view the war the same way any of the film makers viewed it, but I respect the obvious effort they made to be as purely objective as possible, and let the Iraqi people tell their own story.

  • Dishman

    I think there are a lot of true colors being shown regarding Iraq. Certainly “Monotheism and Jihad” is being exposed for what they really are.

  • Brad

    This is why I cannot vote for Kerry even as I question our President’s competence. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that voting democratic this year is any different than saying “F*ck the Iraqi people.”

  • Reid

    An excellent blog post. Yes, it is about the Iraqi people. And, if there has been any clearer exposure of rank hypocrisy on the left in my lifetime, I can’t remember it. They, who rail about the “oppressed” and “underprivileged” in our society couldn’t care a fig about the Iraqis. Makes you wonder if all that blather isn’t a mask for other motives, like the pure acquisition of power and the spoils that attend it (actually, I don’t wonder at all).
    The paucity of comments here from the usual site pests speaks volumes. It is inconventient to think of the Iraqi people and their struggle so, that line of inquiry must be avoided at all costs. If anyone else brings it up, impugn their concern as being a subterfuge (because, as anyone knows, conservatives hate people).