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Saturday, November 13, 2004
Iraqis Congratulate Bush
Iraq The Model is a blog of an Iraqi physician who comments on the war from the Iraqi people's point of view. In this post he translates an open letter from an Iraqi website to President Bush that is open for any Iraqi to sign. As of his post, over 1000 had signed it.

An excerpt:
On behalf of the families of the victims of the mass graves, on behalf of the martyrs of “Halabja” and “Anfal” and on behalf of all the Iraqis that you liberated from dictatorship and oppression; we have prayed for you and now we want to send you our congratulations on being reelected as a president of the United States.

Mr. President, we’d love to congratulate you and the people of the United States on the beginning of a new phase of democracy, freedom and prosperity and we wish you and the American people the best, as they have led the liberation of Iraq and sacrificed their sons and daughters for the freedom of the Iraqis; the historical achievement that the United States has accomplished together with the other liberating countries.
That's nice, but do they still hate Jews?
From the little I've read of his blog, I would say that the author does not hate Jews, or any other group. There are certainly Islamists left in Iraq who hate all non-Muslims, but if Iraq becomes a benign representational democracy, their numbers and power will wane.
Beatiful letter. Makes me tear right up. sniff

The writer lovingly leaves out the detail about Bush's father supporting Saddam after the gassing of Halabja because Saddam was a buffer against Iran. He also devotingly leaves out that U.S. troops have killed far more Iraqi civilians in the process of "liberating" them than Saddam had over the past few years of his reign. And it faithfully leaves out the fact that U.S. forcfes have abused and tortured Iraqi civilians, including children, and that new cases of abuse are discovered routinely.

Makes my heart flutter to see such prose.
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