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Letter From a Real Iraqi Person

Dear Friends,
Peace upon you all.Today is a sad day for all the people of Iraq.Baghdad has been raped.The singing and dancing in the streets .... is a terrible movie. I can not put it in a better way, than my husband, as he has said; "the American Army and the Bush administration, have used lots of horrible weapons ... but the most lethal weapon of all ...is the savage people, that they have unleashed in the streets of Baghdad,calling them ... the people of Iraq! " Those people that you see on the streets , are the people of " Althowra city" or as they
Dear Friends,
Peace upon you all.Today is a sad day for all the people of Iraq.Baghdad has been raped.The singing and dancing in the streets .... is a terrible movie. I can not put it in a better way, than my husband, as he has said; "the American Army and the Bush administration, have used lots of horrible weapons ... but the most lethal weapon of all ...is the savage people, that they have unleashed in the streets of Baghdad,calling them ... the people of Iraq! " Those people that you see on the streets , are the people of " Althowra city" or as they call it sometimes " Sadam's city". Those people, do not in any way, resemble the people of Iraq. They resemble the community of criminals, in Iraq. As you can see, they are not only dancing , but they are also looting, robbing stores, steeling cars, burning places and trashing the streets! Those people whom you see dancing, were the very same people who used to appear on TV, clapping for Sadam like crazy, when everyone else was against him. They are opportunists who have no principles at all. Always with the winner, ... and they sell very cheap. I don't think that it was a coincident, that the American army has decided to enter Baghdad from this city. Please ... you can believe what ever you want, just don't call a bunch of looters and murderers , "the people of Iraq". The people of Iraq are not on the streets, because they are afraid of
those maniacs, who were unleashed into the streets, due to the absence of the authority. The real people of Iraq, were very afraid of what these savages were planning to do, when there was no government control, because the same thing has happened after war, in 1991. We don't see people on the streets ... we only see a group of men who are trashing the place and act like idiots. The movie of "Baghdad Dancing", apparently was successful , because everyone believes it.
And no one is asking about what is happening in the rest of Baghdad. A lethal weapon indeed. Now that there is no government ... Baghdad is full of chaos. The reporters are afraid to move, but they've visited Al-Sinek area ...and there ... it was a different story.The streets looked dark and deserted ... No one was dancing . There are places that have been bombed, and traces of blood stains covered the road There were families who are mourning the loss of loved ones ... the death of a father and three daughter. The reporters drove in different places in Baghdad ... the streets were empty. And there was a demonstration by the foreigners in Iraq , and a lady was saying ... "this is all propaganda, many people I know are against any presence of American army in Iraq". Today, the American soldiers shot at an ambulance, that was carrying
some casualties, killing two and injuring three. In Basra, armed people robbed a bank. Others burned a grain storage ... when the soldiers were just observing and never attempted to stop it. They were the reason that there is no government in the first place. So it is their responsibility to keep the community safe ... they did come to " Free us and take care of us" after all.
The war has not ended in Baghdad, just because Sadam has disappeared.. because, it was never about Sadam.It is about Iraq.Iraq is not State No. 51 ... and it never will be. For more than 200 years, and up until this day, People of America, have been celebrating their independency from the British ... on the 4th of July. I would say , it is the biggest day for Americans. Why does anyone expect us to celebrate our invasion ?
I leave you all in peace,
Yasmin
saddam's wife is writing indymedia now! 11.Apr.2003 11:15

df

this letter is written by saddam's wife/widow.

You can believe it if you want. I'll believe my eyes when I watch the cheering crowds in Iraqi..

yeah, you'd also believe GW 11.Apr.2003 11:29

pftt

could pull an elephant out of his ass if they showed it on FOX. IT'S TV, YOU IMBECILE. It's MADE for stage.

a troll here passes.... 11.Apr.2003 11:35

hartung

a real iraqi person writing from a room at reed college, maybe. who you gonna believe, her or your lyin' eyes?
i have never seen a more palpable sense of joy approaching ecstacy in the now free people of iraq. my heart beats with theirs. a new dawn is here for these wonderful people, and i (and they) couldn't be happier.

and the web is made for truth? 11.Apr.2003 11:45

df

as if anything on this website was ever remotely true..

troll 11.Apr.2003 11:52

lw

You'll do anything to stay in your state of denial. May you soon be "liberated."

Deluded neo-cons 11.Apr.2003 12:38

ranger

Okay, so we're not sure of the identity of the poster. Why don't you speak to journalists who were actually in Iraq (not the embedded ones)who spoke to actual Iraqis? You're deluding yourself if you believe that Iraqis feel that the US has liberated them.

Relevent Photos 11.Apr.2003 13:10

A

This is a perfect example of how news is able to manipulate you.  http://www.portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=58564&group=webcast
If you listened to NPR you would see that what she is saying is true. The men celebrating and looting from civilians(not the palaces, those were picked clean by Saddam's employees weeks before. Please say you at least remember the footage of that! That was all over corporate media!) are a special forces backed militia of criminals. This wouldn't be the first time the U.S. has openly backed a criminal militia. I wonder sometimes if they know who they are backing or if the U.S. just really is that ignorant that they would be easily suckered by flattery.

the color of shit 11.Apr.2003 13:53

df

what color is shit?

something tells me we can't agree on that either!

This Letter Contains a Lot of Truth 11.Apr.2003 15:08

Suzanne

There aren't many reporters in Baghdad right now, but the few who have been able to report over the last couple of days have been in agreement on several points. First, the demonstrations of joy at the American presence were not at all universal. Many citizens of Baghdad kept quiet, many are staying in their houses until some kind of civil order is established. There has been widespread looting and disorder, and it has spread far beyond the symbols of Saddam's regime. Hospitals have been stripped of their equipment, and some hospitals are unable to function because of this. Cars have been stolen at gunpoint from Iraqis who are 'foolish' enough to go out on the street. No matter what your political viewpoint, it seems clear that establishing civil order and humanitarian aid are pressing priorities, and that the coalition forces have not been able to do so yet. Personally, I feel that the coalition forces, both British and U.S., did not do enough planning for these eventualities, and that they are now scrambling to catch up with events.

Thank you Reed College 11.Apr.2003 17:11

Me

Thank you Reed College, Creative Writing Class 121. Your touching letter gets an A. Like Yasmin is a real Iraqi name anyways and she somehow logged on to Indymedia to post. Whatever.

Thank you, Nightline 12.Apr.2003 03:23

ABC TV

On tonight's Nightline, Chris Bury did a video segment showing the close-in "statue" pictures, including the shot of the statue being kicked and stomped on. He pointed out the fact that of the eighteen people in the shot, seven of them were journalists. He then zoomed the same video out to show the tiny crowd around the statue, and the almost empty square, remarking that in photojournalism, framing is everything, and commented briefly on the story's propaganda value. His lead-in to the story was "Great Photo, Big Lie." Seems like even those in mainstream media can't stomach the tripe that's being dished up by the propaganda masters.
Thank you, Nightline
Thank you, Nightline