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Farnaz Fassihi from Iraq
Alex Steffen, 30 Sep 04

We try to avoid linking to things which other big blogs have already picked up, but this is worth making an exception for: Farnaz Fassihi, one of the Wall Street Journal's correspondent in Iraq, wrote a blistering and candid email about her life there. It's honest, revealing, blunt and really worth reading:

"It's hard to pinpoint when the turning point exactly began. Was it April when the Fallujah fell out of the grasp of the Americans? Was it when Moqtada and Jish Mahdi declared war on the U.S. military? Was it when Sadr City, home to ten percent of Iraq's population, became a nightly battlefield for the Americans? Or was it when the insurgency began spreading from isolated pockets in the Sunni triangle to include most of Iraq? Despite President Bush's rosy assessments, Iraq remains a disaster. If under Saddam it was a potential threat, under the Americans it has been transformed to imminent and active threat, a foreign policy failure bound to haunt the United States for decades to come.

"Iraqis like to call this mess the situation. When asked how are things? they reply: the situation is very bad.

"What they mean by situation is this: the Iraqi government doesn't control most Iraqi cities, there are several car bombs going off each day around the country killing and injuring scores of innocent people, the country's roads are becoming impassable and littered by hundreds of landmines and explosive devices aimed to kill American soldiers, there are assassinations, kidnappings and beheadings. The situation, basically, means a raging barbaric guerilla war."

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[weary sarcasm]
Awww, what would she know? They don't even get FOX news over there!
[/weary sarcasm]

The only thing more disgusting that the Right's deep denial of how things are going over there is the likelihood that the same pack of ideologues, grifters, and jingoists will be ruling us next year.

Posted by: Stefan Jones on 30 Sep 04

The reason they will continue to rule is contained in your behavior.

Posted by: Jo Ma on 30 Sep 04

All I know is im betting if bush could do it all over again hed be running texas still and one hell of alot happier for it. And I feel everyone else is secretly damn glad they didnt win.

Posted by: wintermane on 1 Oct 04

All too often the voices of ordinary Iraqis get lost in the shuffle. They can be heard in blogs like this one, this one, and this one.

Posted by: Asher Abrams on 3 Oct 04

And this one.

Posted by: Asher Abrams on 3 Oct 04



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