Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What's the Real Story in Iraq...?

Iraqi Frustration, Naysaying Blame-America-Firsters and Iraqi Boy Bands...


It seems that only the ones that have been there will ever know for sure. The Main Stream Media says it's on the brink of civil war...an un-winnable quagmire. Returning OIF Soldiers say tons of the people love them and thank them for coming. Politicians on the left (most of who have never been) say it's worse than when we got there. Laura Ingraham (who was there) says that she was shocked at the welcome she received from the Iraqi people and how high the troop morale was.

Who do we believe?

Three stories stuck out as I was thinking about this. ...Thinking about the humanitarian side of this war...

The first is the story of an Iraqi officer who questioned a group of our soldiers about the possible motivation of the American MSM. If his word is to be believed --the Iraqis are as upset over the left-biased media as the American right...

"Why do you people not tell our story? Why do you not say what is going on? Why do you come to our country and see what is happening, you see the schools and the hospitals and you see the markets and you eat with Sunni and Shia soldiers – everybody eats together, everybody works together –you see that Saddam is gone forever and we are free to speak and complain.

You see we are working and eating together and fighting together – Sunni and Shia – you see what we are building here, you see the votes we make as one people. Then you say to the world about a great war and horrible things and how we are all killing each other? We are not animals! We are Iraqis. Look around you! Look!"
(source)

Then, the good feeling that I begin to get from reading that (as I am inclined to believe an Iraqi who is there over the American media) fades...as I read another story. A story of an American who is sickened that her kindergartener likes to say the pledge... She tells him of all the people being killed in Iraq because the President wanted to start a war and ruin people's schools and homes and kill children. "America did that" she tells her five year old...

"Still, for the first few months, we felt uneasy. Eighty of Narrowsburg's 319 adults are military veterans and at least 10 recent school graduates are serving in Iraq or on other bases overseas right now. The school's defining philosophy was traditional and conservative, starting with a sit-down-in-your-seat brand of discipline, leavened with a rafter-shaking reverence for country and flag. Every day the students gathered in the gym for the "Morning Program," open to parents, which began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a patriotic song, and then discussion of a "word of the week.

...If you knew nothing else of the world, if you were just 5 or 6 or 10 years old, and this place was your only America, you wouldn't have any reason at all to question the Narrowsburg School's Morning Program routine. Hand over heart, my son belted out the Pledge with gusto every morning and memorized and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." I never stopped resisting the urge to sit down in silent protest during the Pledge.

...In simple language, I told my son that our president had started a war with a country called Iraq. I said that we were bombing cities and destroying buildings. And I explained that families just like ours now had no money or food because their parents didn't have offices to go to anymore or bosses to pay them. "America did this?" my son asked, incredulous. "Yes, America," I answered.

...Now it has been almost a year since my son scampered down the steps of Narrowsburg Central Rural School for the last time. We've since returned to the city, driven back to urban life more by adult boredom than our children's lack of educational opportunities. Our son is enrolled in a well-rated K-5 public school on Manhattan's Upper West Side; not surprisingly, the Pledge of Allegiance is no longer part of his morning routine. Come to think of it, and I could be wrong, I've never seen a flag on the premises." (Lefty source -so you have to watch ads before you can read it)

She doesn't tell him that America is building schools, building hospitals, freeing children smaller than her son from prisons and stopping the rape rooms and the de-flowering of young girls by Saddam's sadistic son. She's happy her son's new school has no American flags... During election times the left always whines that the right claims the flag... Hmmm, wonder why...

Maybe the real message will start to get out --and come from other places than the Oval Office and Downing Street. Iraq is definitely coming into it's own --and we see that with the emergence of an IRAQI BOY BAND!

"The promise of good news from Iraq sounds like Downing Street propaganda, but for the past six months a five-piece Iraqi pop group has been in London preparing to deliver exactly that. Unknown To No One - UTN1 for short - are desperate to tell the rest of the world that there's more to their homeland than bombings, kidnappings and civil war.

"We don't see Iraq the way you see it on TV," says Hassan Ali, vocalist and guitarist. "That's what we want to tell people. We're the same as you, we can sing, we can speak different languages." "In each country, there's a small minority who make problems and troubles, stealing, killing, smuggling," adds Shant Garabedian, one of the group's co-founders. "Unfortunately, all the media in Iraq capture all these bad things, but they never show the good things and the progress and the educated people." (source)

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