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Cadet Smirk
22 April 2004 @ 03:40 pm
Think they hate us? Think again.
Take a look at an article by Robert Alt for National Review Online if you want a taste of what real Iraqis, not the Al Sadr foreign-funded extremist militants, think about Americans.
There is also a particular fascination not only with things American, but with Americans themselves. If you tell someone from Baghdad that you are from America, you are likely to be met with excitement and the common exclamation: "I love America." They will want to know where you are from in America, and what you think of Iraq. Without prompting, they will tell you what their lives were like under Saddam, and how they have changed. And their children are likely to be drawn to the American soldiers — waving, smiling, and running to meet them. For those whose impression of Iraqi sentiment has been shaped by the nightly news, the Iraqi response to Americans may be the biggest surprise to come from a trip to Baghdad.

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krangsbodykrangsbody on April 22nd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
It's all propaganda. That's what They WANT you to think. Trust no one.

::plays X-files theme::
alliemaddynalliemaddyn on April 23rd, 2004 12:24 am (UTC)
Well, that's all well and good, but it's still those few extremists that are making trouble for us. We still have to deal with them. I'm beginning to take a more serious look at this conflict in Iraq since soldiers are still dieing daily and my new boyfriend (and I'm crazy about him) will end up there no later than November. Puts a whole new spin on things.

What worries me more is how we still have Marines and Rangers deployed out the wazoo in Afghanistan, yet not a peep, not in the news or even through official channels. What's going on?!
Cadet Smirkjayarr on April 23rd, 2004 12:32 am (UTC)
Well, Abby, nobody wants troops to die. But the Al Sadr insurgency isn't even a true insurrection--it's 2,000-3,000 discouraged Islamists hungry for foreign money. Within the next two weeks, a serious direct action operation will likely go down in Fallujah to pacify these insurgents. Semper fi, Marines.

No post-war occupation is a walk in the park, and what's happening today is not necessarily and better or worse than our precious occupation experiences. The difference is the sensational news coverage that magnifies its significance.
hope38shorty on April 23rd, 2004 12:28 am (UTC)
Makes me feel almost sorry for the Iraqi people, the good ones I mean. Especially the children...what horror. I know I can now expect to be slaughtered with seething comments for my sympathy
Cadet Smirkjayarr on April 23rd, 2004 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Not at all, Emily. I think you've hit the nail on the head. Afterall, this is Operation Iraqi Freedom--we're doing it as much for them as for us. This situation is one case where the ends must justify the means--a free, stable, and democratic Iraq will redefine the Middle East and the Arab world, and the Iraqi people will be infinitely better for it.
christacarol on April 27th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Well, I would say something, but then I would be griped out. Which doesn't normally hold me back, but eh. I'll just make it simple. I don't agree with the war. And I don't plan on going into why because it'll just turn into this long rant which I don't feel nor have the time to do. =P