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Saturday, May 8

News From Baghdad

Another blog I read frequently is Baghdad Burning. I was almost too ashamed to see what the girl from Baghdad had to say. I'm so ashamed of Americans like Rush Limbaugh saying that this was nothing but a college type prank. I went to a lot of colleges and nothing like this ever happened. I'm ashamed of Rumsfeld trying to make this seem trivial and I am ashamed of our president's lack of apology. I'm ashamed of cable news networks who hide the truth behind lies and election propaganda.

It's time for Americans to wake up and demand a stop to the madness. Pray hard for healing and peace in the world. Our military actions only inflame others. This is what it said at Baghdad Burning on Friday:
"People are so angry. There’s no way to explain the reactions- even pro-occupation Iraqis find themselves silenced by this latest horror. I can’t explain how people feel- or even how I personally feel. Somehow, pictures of dead Iraqis are easier to bear than this grotesque show of American military technique. People would rather be dead than sexually abused and degraded by the animals running Abu Ghraib prison.

"There was a time when people here felt sorry for the troops. No matter what one's attitude was towards the occupation, there were moments of pity towards the troops, regardless of their nationality. We would see them suffering the Iraqi sun, obviously wishing they were somewhere else and somehow, that vulnerability made them seem less monstrous and more human. That time has passed. People look at troops now and see the pictures of Abu Ghraib… and we burn with shame and anger and frustration at not being able to do something. Now that the world knows that the torture has been going on since the very beginning, do people finally understand what happened in Falloojeh?"

"...All I can think about is the universal outrage when the former government showed pictures of American POWs on television, looking frightened and unsure about their fate. I remember the outcries from American citizens, claiming that Iraqis were animals for showing 'America's finest' fully clothed and unharmed. So what does this make Americans now?

"...Today's lesson: don't rape, don't torture, don't kill and get out while you can- while it still looks like you have a choice... Chaos? Civil war? Bloodshed? We’ll take our chances- just take your Puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go."
And don't forget my fellow Americans that Bush gave a campaign speech just this past Monday saying that the torture and rape rooms were gone. Remember that at the voting booth this November.

More inside information on the war without the spin:
Iraqi Dispatches

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