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Friday, April 27

Riverbend Cuts and Runs

Richard Cranium of All Spin Zone reports that Riverbend, the Iraqi girl blogger is leaving her home.

In her last post, The Great Wall of Segregation, she writes of the wall around the Sunni's, "let no one say the Americans are not building anything." Indeed. She goes on to wonder if the Nazi concentration camps started this way, "Oh look- we're just going to protect the Jews with this little wall here..." She criticizes the pundits for saying that the Sunnis and Shia were always in dispute because it isn't true. She writes, "I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere. We didn't know what our neighbors were- we didn't care. No one asked about religion or sect. No one bothered with what was considered a trivial topic: are you Sunni or Shia? You only asked something like that if you were uncouth and backward..." Now she has to make the decision of where to go and what to bring.

I certainly wouldn't compare life in the USA to life in Baghdad, but think about this. Before the war in Iraq, people (at least in my neck of the woods) didn't care what ethnicity you were, what religion you were or what party you belonged to. I don't remember any north/south, red state/blue state nonsense being spewed. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, but seriously the bushistas have wrought nothing but divisiveness since they illegally came to power in 2001. Perhaps we unconsciously harbored all these divisive feelings before the bushistas, but at least it was considered impolite to express them- and tolerance, at least pretending you were tolerant, was the only acceptable way to present yourself in the company of others. Now you sometimes feel like a freak for caring about those on the fringes of society and those caught in war. You find yourself almost hating those who support the bush regime. I'm so mad at myself for instantly resenting anyone who proudly claims to be a Republican or worse, a christian conservative. What happened to my tolerance? It hit the breaking point. Heckuva job, Bushie.

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