January 07, 2004


You want to argue that the war in Iraq was wrong? Argue with Dr. Taki al-Moosawi:

A month after American troops occupied Baghdad, the family of Dr. Taki al-Moosawi was gathered at his Baghdad home, watching one of the Arab satellite channels that have become popular since the toppling of Saddam Hussein made it possible for any Iraqi, not just the ruling clique, to have satellite receivers.

And suddenly there it was: Old film clips of executions looted from the archives of the General Security Directorate, the most powerful of Mr. Hussein's secret police agencies. There, too, in the last terrifying moments before he was blown apart by a grenade his executioners had taped onto his chest, was the nephew who had disappeared without trace more than 18 years before, Mehdi Salih al-Moosawi.

When he saw the tape on Al Jazeera, an Arab station that has frequently been criticized for whitewashing Mr. Hussein's rule, Dr. Moosawi said, he was overcome with anger and disgust, as well as shame that it had been Mehdi who died, not him. He also felt at that moment, he said, that any price Iraqis paid for the overthrow of Mr. Hussein, including the ravages of the American invasion, had been worth it.

For so many reasons. The gals checking out computer cafe photographs at Zeyad’s site also support liberation:

These pictures give me the perfect opportunity to say something I've been noticing for quite awhile. Iraqi men are very handsome. Although in these pictures we see the back of heads, mostly, other pictures I've seen show handsome men.
Polly | 01.02.04 - 3:11 pm |

Yes, Polly. In our newspaper after SH was captured, they ran a full page of color pictures of people celebrating. In one picture, the guy at the forefront was photographed pretty close up. He was SMMMMMOKIN hot!!!
Karin-CT, USA

And then there are all the lives that have been saved.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 7, 2004 12:21 AM

Last year I spoke to a Kurdish refugee and asked him his opinion about the then impending war with Iraq.

Although he was obviously very worried about the safety of his family members who remained in the north of the country, he was also happy that Saddam Hussein would soon be overthrown.

Iraq, and the world in general, is a far better place now that he's gone and the war was the only way to do it. But any one who doesn't understand that by now never will.

Posted by: gaz at January 7, 2004 at 01:06 AM

I remeber seeing a larry king show about a few weeks before the start. On the show were a few generals, talking heads and George McGovern. THey were taking calls from people about the war. I remember one of the callers was from Iraq (at least claimed to be and the accent was middle eastern). Larry asked the guy what he thought. The guy said, "hey, we're waiting, when is it going to start". In short he was pretty happy. The look on McGovern's face was priceless, a shit eating grimace. That was wotrth it for me.

Posted by: capt joe at January 7, 2004 at 06:51 AM

I listened to some interesting comments by Dr.Moosawi on the radio late last year. Tellingly: though he doubted Hussein's WMDs were a problem, Iraq under the regime was an armed military camp, with ammunitions dumps littered around the country. A first hand source for this happened to be a colonel of an elite Iraqi regt.( though this bears qualification since elite only in respect to , then, other Iraqi regts.).

And the U.N. still, led by Kofi Annan pretends, Hussein was open to persuasion and, indeed, turn into Mr. Nice guy !?.

Posted by: d at January 7, 2004 at 08:16 AM

My favorite one of Zeyad's pics was the teenage boy giving the heavy metal sign. LOL.

Posted by: Donnah at January 7, 2004 at 11:38 AM

A rather insightful comment from John of the Netherlands, responding to comments from zayad at healingiraq.com lamenting post-Saddam persecution by muslims of christians and others.

"By the way: you always hear muslims saying, no it's not the religion that is repressive it's the culture, to avoid any discussion about falts and wrongs in the koran. Just discussing koran is already blasfemy, and that's exactly the basic problem in many islamic societies.

That's absolute nonsense culture and religion are very much interlinked.
culture derives from religion and vice versa.

Lot's of westerners did leave their churches in the 60's but our culture is still very much christian influenced.

Our radical left are in fact hardline christians who threw god in the garbage and thus wrongfully thinking they are not religious anymore.

All they care about is moral purity and why: to feel morally superior and get a place in heaven although they vehemently shall deny it.
Maybe that's why they got easily in bed with islamic hardliners: they got more in common than they differ especially hate against commerciality/ america and jews."

Posted by: CranberryNailPig at January 7, 2004 at 05:44 PM