Thursday, June 16, 2005

Are Iraqis Crocodiles?

Steven Vincent has written a profile of an Iraqi stringer in Basra. One humorous comment he reports comes from a Multi-national Forces soldier in Iraq:
I think how a Lithuanian soldier I met recently described Iraqis: crocodiles, possessing big mouths to speak, but little hands and feet to do actual work.

Heh heh.

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Faiza Jarrar, after her "peace-training" in Vermont, now clearly sees that the Americans are responsible for all the deaths and chaos in Iraq! Since January 1, 2005, the Baathists/terrorists have killed over 2500 Iraqi men, women, and children. But like her son Raed, Faiza disregards the actual people doing the killing and lays the blame on the Coalition forces and Iraqi soldiers who are trying to protect Iraqi citizens. To me, there is no more heartless and hypocritical view of Iraq than that.

"It's become clear to me that they [the Americans] have been trying to stir up the conflicts inside the country rather than help help solve them," Faiza Jarrar tells Helena Cobban. "Before I came to the course, I wasn't sure whether US policy in Iraq was the result of ignorance, or mismanagement, or what. Now it seems clear to me that stirring up the internal problems there has been part of the plan."

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Helena Cobban, a blogger here in the US, visited Faiza in Boston recently and blogs about their day together.
She said her visit to the US had been a little hard at times, seeing so many people here just sitting around insouciantly enjoying themselves while her own country is-- as a direct result of US policies there-- living through truly hellish days. But still, she felt that the course she's been taking-- at the pro-peace "School for International Training" in Brattleboro-- had helped to open her eyes. For example, she has been in a course with people from many, many different wartorn parts of the world. "One day, they asked us all to draw a conceptual 'map' of our different conflicts... and the main feature that was the same on each of the maps we produced was the involvement of the US government in stoking the conflict."

Also, "They showed us how to analyze the steps that are needed to de-escalate a conflict, if wea want to build peace. And everything the US has done in Iraq has been the direct opposite of that. It's become clear to me that they've been trying to stir up the conflicts inside the country, rather than help help solve them... Before I came to the course, I wasn't sure whether US policy in Iraq was the result of ignorance, or mismanagement, or what. Now it seems clear to me that stirring up the internal problems there has been part of the plan."

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Christopher Hitchens on the Midget's Kingdom of North Korea.
In North Korea, every person is property and is owned by a small and mad family with hereditary power. Every minute of every day, as far as regimentation can assure the fact, is spent in absolute subjection and serfdom. The private life has been entirely abolished. One tries to avoid cliché, and I did my best on a visit to this terrifying country in the year 2000, but George Orwell's 1984 was published at about the time that Kim Il Sung set up his system, and it really is as if he got hold of an early copy of the novel and used it as a blueprint. ("Hmmm … good book. Let's see if we can make it work.")

Actually, North Korea is rather worse than Orwell's dystopia. There would be no way, in the capital city of Pyongyang, to wander off and get lost in the slums, let alone to rent an off-the-record love nest in a room over a shop. Everybody in the city has to be at home and in bed by curfew time, when all the lights go off (if they haven't already failed). A recent nighttime photograph of the Korean peninsula from outer space shows something that no "free-world" propaganda could invent: a blaze of electric light all over the southern half, stopping exactly at the demilitarized zone and becoming an area of darkness in the north.

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Instead of asking if Iraqis are crocodiles, Akba asks, "Are Iraqis insane?"
I feel sorry for Americans, I really do. When they liberated Iraq they never expected to find a population as insane and dysfunctional as the Iraqi population is. They never factored in the psychological damage that 30 years living under Saddam Hussain has done to a population of over 25 million people.


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Salam Pax is back.

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