Saturday, August 05, 2006

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

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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 Christine, who was the winner/designer of the current ITM Banner, and has a strong blogging presence at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, Arts For Democracy, SEARCH, The Killing Zone, Drive On, C.F., and more. Take it away, Christine...

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

Christine: If I remember correctly, I discovered ITM through CMAR II's site.

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

Christine: Yes, I am still optimistic.

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

Christine: I didn't start reading ITM until right after Ali left.

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?

Christine: It speaks volumns about those who would make these accusations. The brothers just happen to be very public about being pro-American. This has placed them in the position of becoming victims of some people who were against the war.

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?

Christine: Yes, very much so.

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

Christine: Absolutely!

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

Christine: Absolutely.... NOT!

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

Christine: I would like to have a group hug with both of them. Maybe I could gain some of their courage, strength and will through osmosis.

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?

Christine: At this point in time I cannot say. The situation is extremely complicated and the violence there is caused by many different factions. If there is a civil war going on, it is a very low level one and only in the beginning stages.

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

Christine: I tend to like Marine Dad's posts. He seems to be very knowledgable and most of the time stay's on topic without too much emotion.

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?

Christine: Yes, I would love to visit Iraq it is a beautiful country. Also, I won a dinner out with Omar and Mohammed when I won the banner contest and I really would like to meet them.

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?

Christine: Yes, all of the regular posters there have come to know each other pretty well.

MG: Has a bond been established, both between the posters themselves and Omar and Mo?

Christine: Yes. Most of us have become rather attached and protective of Omar and Mohammed.

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?

Christine: I have actually told them this. They have a heart of gold, courage of steel and the will of superman.

MG says: Our Thanks go out to Christine!

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