December 10, 2004


With the perspective granted by his location in Iraq, Omar considers blogdom's left/right divide:

Speacking of the sides of the blogosphere, I wanted to say that I only knew about the left side of the blogosphere months after we started. I thought that the right side was the whole thing, as in the beginning I thought we were just posting our thoughts 'into the darkness' and get lots of visitors without having any idea were they come from except Iraqi blogs. Later we found about the major blogs such as Instapundit, Andrew Sullivan, Buzz Machine, LGF, Roger Simon, Right Wing news…Etc and for long months I thought these were the only major bloggers! I didn't know because these were the sites linking to us and from were we get lots of visitors and when I used to go to their sites I would find a somewhat similar list. It turned out to be that the other side top bloggers rarely if ever mentioned us or other Iraqi blogs except for the very anti-American ones. I realized lately that the blogosphere was divided into two major parts with very few bridges.

When I started looking at the 'enemy' I found out that most of them were not that horrible! They disagree with us and our friends and supporters on the right side but they feel no shame in reporting good things that can actually show their points of view as being not valid. Then I looked back at our blog index after getting many remarks like "just look at to whom these guys link! Instapundit and Chief Wiggles!" and, "Can you believe an Arab Muslim would link to LGF?? With their extreme anti-Arab, anti-Muslim tone!" and I was thinking, "Why not!? What's wrong with that? They support Iraq in her struggle! And how can they be anti- Arab if they support us?!"

It was really confusing to me in the beginning that liberals would not support the change in Iraq (remember we were isolated so we didn't know much about that) even though they were against Bush, as it's over now and any humanist should (in my mind) support democracy and peace in Iraq. Besides, I've always considered myself a liberal! On the other side, I had a bad impression that many of the people on the right were fanatics and racist! How much did we learn in this year!

Anyway, I still consider myself a liberal (a conservative one) and I intend to add some of the moderate liberal blogs to our sidebar, but of course I would never change my mind about our friends and supporters, and I don't care what people label them as. I judge people by their stand.

Well said.

(Via LGF)

Posted by Tim Blair at December 10, 2004 02:39 AM

The most astounding part to me is the criticism of Chief Wiggles.

This man was never a combat soldier in Iraq. He was an interrogator who worked hard to release Iraqi generals who were innocent of wrongdoing and were not Saddam loyalists. And of course there's the whole toy/school supply/medical supply portion of Operation Give, his charity.

How could someone treat him like a bady guy? Even in Iraq? The mind boggles.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at December 10, 2004 at 03:14 AM

The "other side" is never the monster you imagine. That's what makes living in the world as a human being so damned messy, and so damned satisfying.

Posted by: Rebecca at December 10, 2004 at 04:53 AM

How could someone treat him like a bady guy? Even in Iraq? The mind boggles.

1. He's in the military. That, to many on the left, condemns him to hell unless he deserts and/or pulls a Kerry.

2. He tried to do good without forcing the unwilling to go along with him.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at December 10, 2004 at 05:18 AM

I imagine Omar will have some difficulty understanding the modern western concept of liberal and conservative, as they've been pretty much turned on thir heads by the political parties to which the labels attach.

Of course Omar is a liberal, when compared to Saddam's Baathists--just as Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Franklin, et. al. were liberals when compared to King George III.

Posted by: Forbes at December 10, 2004 at 10:09 AM

While their learning curve is much steeper than mine, I can relate to much of the 3rd and 4th paragraph of the quote.

Posted by: Andjam at December 11, 2004 at 02:18 AM