Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The In T View: The Readers Of Iraq The Model Sound Off: RG

Euphrates River photo appears courtesy of Karl O'Brien - Flickr

Generally, I In T View bloggers, journalists, writers, human rights advocates, and soldiers, but this time I thought I would expand the horizons a bit and In T View the readers of of one of the most popular and beloved Mideast and Iraqi blogs, Iraq The Model, and let them sound off, share their views, about ITM and Iraq.

Iraq The Model comes complete with a strong and loyal readership and a feisty crew of articulate commenters offering their thoughts on Omar's and Mohammed's evaluation of events in their country, the Iraqi conflict, politics, terrorism, Islam, and the actions of the Coalition Forces.

In this In T View, we feature RG, a CEO of his own software company, who is a a strong proponent of Democracy, Freedom, and Conservative issues. A very religious man, RG has his own blog, Freedom Post ,which gives a voice to dissidents the world over. Take it away, RG...

MG: Hi RG, how did you become aware of Iraq The Model and decide to comment there?

RG: I became aware of Iraq the Model from comments left at Hammorabi's blog a couple of years ago. I was aware of blogs in general but became interested in blogs when I heard that citizens in Iraq and America were actually conversing with each other over this medium right after Saddam had lost power. I was impressed with how quickly the people in Iraq adapted to this very recent internet phenomena, the blogosphere.

I started commenting at ITM when I noticed that the left had started a commenting campaign at Iraqi blogs denigrating the War on Terror, and the American effort to bring freedom to Iraqis. The anti-WOT comment campaign by the left at Iraqi blogs seemed to take a lot of people that had been supportive by surprise and I wanted to counter the left's assault with comments of my own in support of Iraq's freedom and the War on Terror.

MG: Are you as optimistic about Iraq now, as when you first started reading and commenting at ITM?

RG: I am very optimistic. In the entire history of the United States of America, when a foreign element had attacked America's soil, America has always ended up victorious in their efforts to defeat those involved either directly or indirectly with the attack on America. Vietnam and Korea were wars that did not result from an attack on America's soil, so there was less grass roots support for an all out victory. That is not the case with the War on Terror. America will stay with it, because these elements attacked us.

MG: Did you find that ITM was better when Ali was involved with the blog?

RG: I was not very familiar with the brothers until a few months after I started commenting. By that time Ali was not a part of the forum.

MG: There have been criticisms directed towards ITM and the brothers that they are too Pro-American or American Agents, Working for the CIA, not really Iraqis or located in Iraq, etc. How do you respond to this?

RG: It is mind boggling to me that people, even in America, consider being Pro-American a negative. Being Pro-American is something to be proud of. Period. The charges that the brothers are CIA, not really Iraqis, etc., etc. reflect more on the left's effort to try to convince people to believe that good people who need our help to achieve freedom do not exist, that we should not invest in their hope fro freedom from tyranny. The left has been trying to float a lot of misinformation. But the power of great leadership, understanding that good people exist in the darkest corners of the earth, and if you can win over the good people of a downtrodden society and stay with them through thick and thin, they will eventually become very strong, and supportive of America in an area of the world that must change for the better.

MG: Has it been a learning experience reading ITM? You likely know more about Iraqi politics now, than you did before reading the Brothers' Blog, but have they also given you insights into other facets of Iraqi Society such as culture and history?

RG: ITM hasn provided a wealth of information that Main Stream Media hides in an attempt I believe to keep America uninterested in the culture of a nation and people that Main Stream Media does not support the liberation of.

MG: Should the US have involved itself in Iraq? Has it been a worthwhile endeavor?

RG: The US's response to aggression against America has been to take the fight to the region that the aggression against America had originated from. That has been the secret of America and her allies ability to defeat dangerous elements and to go on to rebuild that region into a strong allie. Examples are West Germany after WWII for 40 years until at last the Soviet Union collapsed. Korea for decades after that conflict. And now the Middle East. If future Administrations do the right thing, we will continue to have a huge presence in the Middle East for years to come until true stability is achieved and Iraq is dead center of the Middle East region.

MG: Does the World Media (Television, Radio, and Newspapers) present an accurate view of what's happening in Iraq?

RG: The state of the World Media regarding unbiased and balanced reporting has fallen to the lowest point in all of American history. So much so that many Media Outlets now openly acknowledge that they filter all reporting for the purpose of promoting thier own anti-American, anti war on terror opinions.

MG: Which ITM Brother -- Omar or Mohammed -- would you like to give a hug to or have a beer with and why?

RG: Both of these men deserve a hand shake and a hug. Especially after the recent tragedy of the loss of a member of their household and their response being that they will not be intimidated.

MG: On February 20, 1258 A.D., the Mongols overran Baghdad, plundered and destroyed the city, and conducted a massacre of the residents that claimed 800,000 lives. Things don't look as bleak for the Iraqis now, still the topic of an Iraqi Civil War is being bandied about in the Media every day, and I have to ask: Is Iraq currently involved in a Civil War?

RG: No popular Civil War has been declared by opposing militias upon each other. Oppression of dissident elements within Iraq had been carried out so efficiently by Saddam for over 30 years that when Saddam went down, a huge vacuum was left. The region knew it, from Syria, Iran, Al Qaeda to the Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and the left over Baathists. Everyone tried to establish superiority within that vacuum as quickly as possible in any way possible. However, Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds are now sitting at the table of negotiations and compromise. The ones left out are the Syrians, Iranians, Al Qaeda and their allies scattered thoughout Iraq. Once a government is trully formed from within, by the people, people representing all Iraqi groups will become strong allies and will secure their nation against Syria, Iran and Al Qaeda with the help of the coalition. They needed time to barter that out on their own, amongst themselves, how ever long that effort took. The coalition has been very wise in giving them that time.

MG: Do you have a Favorite Poster at ITM, who you like or admire, and can you tell us why?

RG: I admire the parents and relatives of our troops who comment at ITM. Relatives of the young people of America who volunteered to put their lives on the line for people such as Omar and Mohammed. They put up with a lot of fear of never seeing their children again, and a lot of abusive comments from the left for even being related to these wonderful freedom fighters. And they do so with a lot of class.

Euphrates River photo appears courtesy of Nukeit1 - Flickr

MG: One of my escapist fantasies is to walk the length and breadth of Iraq from Southern Kurdisitan down to Mosul, though due to my blue eyes and practically albino skin, they'd likely be using me for target practice before I made it out of Mosul, certainly I'd be in trouble in Fallujah LOL... When conditions become safer for travel in Iraq, would you like to visit the country?

RG: I would like to see two things in Iraq. The oldest river mentioned in the earliest writings of man, the Euphrates. And to sit down and talk face to face with a people who survived a harsh 30 years of tyranny and fear, all of them now at last pilgims on the road to freedom.

MG: The Recent Loss of Omar's, Mo's, and Ali's Brother-in-Law elicited many outporings of sympathy from ITM's readers and commenters, similar to if the readers/commenters had lost a member of their own extended family. When you post at ITM, is there a sense of being part of an extended family?
Has a bond been established, both between the posters themselves and Omar and Mo?

RG: They have trusted us with their deepest hopes, dreams and dissappointments, and in turn, we have responded with our own hopes, dreams, dissappointments and encouragement. Good people, talking with good people. A tremendous bond has been established. The ITM community are family.

MG: Having come to know Omar and Mo through their writings these last few years, what is the one thing, you would like to say to them?

RG: The power of the pen and truth is mightier than the sword. Truth is the foundation of freedom. They are the worlds true source of the daily thoughts and events of the Iraqi person who is experiencing this epic struggle to freedom folding in Iraq and the Middle East. What the Iraqi feels, dreams, thinks, and what is actually happening to the Iraqi is found on these Iraqi blogs that cannot be found any where else. Main Stream Media in this day and age fails the world in presenting that important element, what the common man in Iraq really feels and thinks. I would say to them: Keep posting. It is the worlds only ray of light into the true heart, mind and dreams of your people.

MG Says: Thanks to RG!

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