Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Has The Moment Arrived?

I don't have to explain much. But, it sounds like Iraq is one step closer to the start of its civil war. I hope I'm wrong this time. Not that there's much hope left.

I don't want to sound sarcastic during this difficult time. But, I'm really relieved there were no Iraqis involved in the Ohio terror cell.

The coming days will test the unity of the Iraqi people and its government. Keep all Iraqis in your prayers. They need them.


UPDATE I
North Carolina Public Radio has a new program called "The Story with Dick Gordon." The producer of the program sent me this e-mail:

[...]
What 'The Story' aims to do is bring listeners the voices of people not normally heard...those with first-hand experiences and a personal investment in stories; not the usual experts and pundits.

In an effort to better understand current events in Iraq, we would very much like to speak with a cross section of people of the Muslim faith (both Sunni and Shia) who would be willing to comment about recent developments, specifically in Samara, but also moving forward as events continue to unfold. We're calling it a Listening Post.

This could be a diner or a shop whose customers are primarily Iraqi where we could find multiple points of view with a single telephone call.

Any ideas you could give to help us identify a Listening Post would be greatly appreciated, since we believe Americans hear too few voices of Iraqis and could benefit greatly from it....

If you're an Iraqi Muslim and interested in talking to the radio show, then e-mail me to send you the producer's contact details.


UPDATE II
Denise Schreiner, the program producer gave me the permission to post his e-mail address. Click here to get the e-mail address.


UPDATE III
Ali wrote an excellent analysis of the current situation in Iraq. It's a recommended reading for everyone.


UPDATE IV
NBC local journalist from Baghdad wrote a touching tribute to Iraqi journalist Atwar Bahjat, who was killed today in Sammara along with two of her Iraqi colleagues:

[...]
Her father is a Sunni, and her mother Shia. That is typical of so many families in Iraq. But her father was from Samarra, where he was a secondary school manager, and it is exactly because she was from there and killed there that makes this especially terrible.
[...]
Sometimes I joke with my wife, "Please don’t love me so much," and she asks me why. I say, "Because maybe you will lose me, and I don’t want you to cry too much. I don’t want you to suffer."

There’s an Arab poem about a father who loses his son. He says it’s not good to love our sons too much, because it will be so hard when you lose them.

Read more...


UPDATE V
As if the murder of Iraqi journalist Atwar Bahjat wasn't enough, her funeral procession was targeted too:

Two police officers were shot and killed and five others wounded as the procession, led and guarded by Iraqi police and soldiers, entered the western Baghdad neighborhood of Abu Ghraib on Saturday, Iraqi Emergency Police said.

Police said they think the gunmen opened fire because they believed Iraqi security forces were bearing down on them.

The Iraqi security personnel were accompanying the procession because the capital was under a curfew that banned vehicles, said Dia'a al-Nasery, manager of Al-Arabiya's Baghdad bureau.

Read more...


This is WRONG.

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