Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 27, 2010

There is a story in a New York Times “blog” about a man, Yasser, who died in a bombing, in Baghdad, the other day. With all the talk about “the surge winning the war”, this is a sad story. It would be a sad story without the happy talk about victory.

Yasser_____ ( use of his last name would endanger his family) worked for a London news service. His Shiite family moved out of a mixed neighborhood during the civil war, only to move back after things calmed down a bit. The blog story tells a few things about him…he was brave, friendly, and useless in the kitchen… that underline the fact that this was another human being. And now he is a statistic.

There is a sense in America that the wars are a game, that the lower price of gas, and spreading democracy to Babylon, make it all worthwhile. The Arabs and Persians are seen as somehow less than human, as towelheads and terrorists. These people are human, and have paid a fierce price for our experiment.

HT to Iraqimojo for the story. Pictures are from “Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library“.

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