to the New American Century
I don't normally do this. It won't stay posted
long. It's from a blogger under bombardment,
which should be front page of your morning newspaper.
Her words are all you need to know about what
is being done in your name, with your taxes,
mostly in secret. Our Terror War keeps fuelling
more terror, as a voice from the heart of darkness
rings out with the truth:
been bombing houses in Tikrit and other areas!
Unbelievable... I'm so angry it makes me want
to break something!!!! What the hell is going
on?! What do the Americans think Tikrit is?! Some
sort of city of monsters or beasts? The people
there are simple people. Most of them make a living
off of their land and their livestock - the rest
are teachers, professors and merchants - they
have lives and families... Tikrit is nothing more
than a bunch of low buildings and a palace that
was as inaccessible to the Tikritis as it was
to everyone else!
in Al Awja suffered as much as anyone, if not
more - they weren't all related to Saddam and
even those who were, suffered under his direct
relatives. Granted, his bodyguards and others
close to him were from Tikrit, but they aren't
currently in Tikrit - the majority have struck
up deals with the CPA and are bargaining for
their safety and the safety of their families
with information. The people currently in Tikrit
are just ordinary people whose homes and children
are as precious to them as American homes and
children are precious to Americans! This is
contemptible and everyone thinks so - Sunnis
and Shi'a alike are shaking their heads incredulously.
Logic Lost on the Pentagon
NO- I'm not Tikriti - I'm not even from the
'triangle' - but I know simple, decent people
who ARE from there and just the thought that
this is being done is so outrageous it makes
me want to scream. How can that ass of a president
say things are getting better in Iraq when his
troops have stooped to destroying homes?! Is
that a sign that things are getting better?
When you destroy someone's home and detain their
family, why would they want to go on with life?
Why wouldn't they want to lob a bomb at some
19-year-old soldier from Missouri?!
troops were pushing women and children shivering
with fear out the door in the middle of the
night. What do you think these children think
to themselves - being dragged out of their homes,
having their possessions and houses damaged
and burned?! Who do you think is creating the
'terrorists'?!! Do you think these kids think
to themselves, "Oh well - we learned our lesson.
That's that. Yay troops!" It's like a vicious,
moronic circle and people are outraged...
troops are claiming that the attacks originate
from these areas - the people in the areas claim
the attacks are coming from somewhere else...
I really am frightened of what this is going
to turn into. People seem to think that Iraq
is broken into zones and areas - ethnically
and religiously divided. That's just not true
- the majority of people have relatives all
over Iraq. My relatives extend from Mosul, all
the way down to Basra - we all feel for each
other and it makes decent people crazy to see
We Have Guns
have also been a string of raids all over Baghdad,
but especially in Al-A'adhamiya. They've detained
dozens of people with the excuse that they own
more than one weapon. Who owns less than two
weapons? Everyone has at least one Klashnikov
and a couple of guns. Every male in the house
is usually armed and sometimes the females are
too. It's not because we love turning our homes
into arsenals, but because the situation was
so dangerous (and in some areas still is) that
no one wants to take any risks. Imagine the
scene: a blue mini-van pulls up... 10 dirty,
long-haired men clamber out with Klashnikovs,
pistols and grenades and demand all the gold
and the kids (for ransom). Now imagine trying
to face them all with a single handgun... If
Baghdad were SECURE people would give up their
weapons. I hate having weapons in the house.
so tired. These last few days have been a strain
on every single nerve in my body. The electricity
has been out for the last three days and while
the weather is pleasant, it really is depressing".
one knows why the electricity is out- there
are murmurings of storms and damage to generators
and sabotage and punishment... no one knows
exactly what's going on. There are explosions
everywhere. Yesterday it was especially heavy.
Today there was a huge explosion that felt like
it was nearby but we can't really tell. How
do you define a war? This sure as hell feels
like war to me... no electricity, water at a
trickle, planes, helicopters and explosions.
didn't send the kids to school today.... It's
hard for adults without electricity, but it's
a torment for the kids. They refuse to leave
the little pool of light provided by the kerosene
lamps. We watch them nervously as they flit
from candlelight to lamplight, trying to avoid
the dark as much as possible.
really can't appreciate light until you look
down upon a blackened city and your eyes are
automatically drawn to the pinpoints of brightness
provided by generators... it looks like the
heavens have fallen and the stars are wandering
the streets of Baghdad, lost and alone.
have to go now. Hope the electricity is back
tomorrow, at least.
you can read the full text here, and much more
for sending me to the above site & other places
that enlarge the horizon thanks to: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com
Journals will be resumed soon.
Posted: November 24, 2003