Wednesday, June 23, 2004


Baghdad Burning

I only came across this blog yesterday. It is written by an Iraqi lady who calls herself Riverbend. Her banner says:

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Beautiful words!

This lady gives a good glimpse of Iraq. Here is an honest, eloquent and penetrating testimony without the “diplomatic” restraint that comes with age!

She offers considerable insight into the feelings, fears, attitudes and political views of so many Iraqis elegantly sprinkled into reports of everyday life and little happenings.

I literally spent hours yesterday reading her postings. What I admired most was her fierce, uncompromising patriotism unmarred by any petty sectarian taints or blind prejudices. When she comes to the prisoner abuse episode, she doesn’t mince her words:

"I sometimes get emails asking me to propose solutions or make suggestions. Fine. Today's lesson: don't rape, don't torture, don't kill and get out while you can- while it still looks like you have a choice... Chaos? Civil war? Bloodshed? We’ll take our chances- just take your Puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go."

Highly recommended to anyone interested in how people in this country feel about things.

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