The Rape of Sabrine
Al Jazeerah news channel is running a story of an interview with an Iraqi woman who has accused three Iraqi policeman of raping her after detaining her over this past weekend as part of the security "surge". Her crime was cooking for Sunni insurgents. The Iraqi prime minister has called for an investigation. An Iraqi police official has denied the charge.
link to english.aljazeera.net
What is of interest to me is that this story prompted a posting from Riverbend an Iraqi woman who has been blogging from Baghdad for the last almost four years. However for the last six months, her postings have become more infrequent, (her last posting prior today was on December 31).
As someone who has been following her story, she has been one Iraqi voice who could share her observations and reactions to the American occupation. As her postings have become more infrequent, I became concerned that she had fallen victim to the civil war or perhaps that she and her family had finally decided to leave Baghdad, as so many families have decided to do.
Her blog entrees have been anthologized by the Feminist Press of New York. During the past two years she was nominated for some independent writing awards.
What has saddened me is to realize that over the last four years, the tone of her entrees have increasingly become more despairing as she has had to deal with the destruction of her culture and the deaths of personal friends. She is in her mid 20's, most likely of Sunni background, computer literate and interested in the western culture. Increasingly though her attitudes towards Americans have become more indifferent as the American occupation continues to fail her country. In April of 2005, Al Jazeerah posted an interview
She ends her most recent posting as follows:
"And yet, as the situation continues to deteriorate both for Iraqis inside and outside of Iraq, and for Americans inside Iraq, Americans in America are still debating on the state of the war and occupation- are they winning or losing? Is it better or worse.
Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It's worse. It's over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq's first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile."