Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Understand Iraq, Whatever It Takes...
If you ever want a different perspective on the situation in Iraq I recommend visiting some of the many blogs Iraqis have set up for themselves. It's amazing to have such an open window into the lives of those you're trying to bring freedom to, even when some don't even want you there. There are blogs from former regime members that spout off anti-U.S. hatred, some that are pro-liberation that share countless good stories and perspectives, and then there are some from people like you and me... Average Joes who just want a safe place to work and raise a family.
Start with Iraq the Model if you haven't been there already. From there use his links to find many others.
One that I read often is A Star From Mosul, by a young upper-middle class girl who lives in Mosul with her family. She's definitely not a fan of the U.S., but she understands why we're there and is definitely experiencing the new fruits of freedom. Her father, another blogger, writes 'A Family From Mosul' and gives a good adult perspective as well. He recently posted a story about the newest force protection measures taking place in Mosul. Taxi cabs can no longer have trunk lids on their cars due to the latest increase in car bombs. It's small stories like this that you'll never read about in our papers.
Again, good perspectives from the folks who live it every day. You may not always agree with their views, and they may not always agree with ours, but realize that ten years ago nobody could have imagined where any of us would be today... let alone the fact that we'd have so many windows into the lives of people on the other side of the world who teach us about life as much as we teach them.
posted by El Capitan at 7:30 AM