News and opinions on situation in Iraq

Opinion/Editorial POINTING FORWARD, MOVING BACKWARDS Hasan Abu Nimah, Electronic Iraq (15 December 2004)

The leaders of the global war on terror keep promising us a future of democracy, peace, justice, respect for human rights and dignity even as they make war, and chaos seems to be erupting everywhere. In their sights is a world free of the prevailing evil — where bad people, and their misguided beliefs, ignorance, fanaticism, hatred, “anti-Semitism” and, worst of all, “terrorism” are no longer allowed to impede our peaceful existence. Such a world would, no doubt, be a wonderful place. The world has never enjoyed total peace in the past, but the new kind of conflict, in which traditional nation states fight against invisible and shadowy groups, seems to hold a new kind of horror.

Iraq Diaries RESPITE Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq (15 December 2004)

“My list is now 32,” says Salam as he arrives at the hotel, “Now 32 of my friends have been killed.” He still has tears in his eyes, even though he’s being stoic. Another of his friends has been shot and killed. “You know I feel like shit every time I add someone to my list. Sometimes it feels like it is every day,” he says. Welcome to Iraq. Where the news gets better with each passing day.

News & Analysis U.S. MILITARY OBSTRUCTING MEDICAL CARE Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq (13 December 2004)

The U.S. military has been preventing delivery of medical care in several instances, medical staff say. Iraqi doctors at many hospitals have reported raids by coalition forces. Some of the more recent raids have been in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, about 10km to the east of Fallujah, the town to which U.S. forces have laid bloody siege. Amiriyat al-Fallujah has been the source of several reported resistance attacks on U.S. forces.

News & Analysis DEAD AND BURIED Dahr Jamail, The Sunday Herald (13 December 2004)

In a small, one-room house in Sadr City lives Sua’ad, a widow with eight young children. “I can do nothing but look at my children and cry,” she says, weeping throughout our conversation. “What are children to do without their father? No matter what I do, things will never be the same again.” Three months ago Sua’ad’s 30-year-old husband, Abdullah Rahman, was killed after being caught in crossfire between US forces and the Mahdi Army of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Iraq Diaries LA LA LAND Maxine Nash, Electronic Iraq (13 December 2004)

Living here in Iraq I sometimes get a distinct sense of unreality. Recently, I was working in CPT’s office. My colleague Tom Fox was in the office with me, working on the computer. Next to the computer he had placed a kerosene lamp so he could see the papers from which he was working because the electricity was off. In Iraq, the name for a kerosene lamp is la la. I couldn’t help but be struck by the sheer sense of the bizarre in this view of Tom using the latest in technology with the assistance of the kind of lighting my grandmother would have used.

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