Iraqi Ballot, Translated
have an actual ballot of the 2002 and 2003 elections and don't find your political
satire amusing especially since there were a variety of issues and people on
it and it did cost people their lives to render this document forward, although
not perfect. I would be willing to show it to you.
~ Gary Hall, educator
to see you're an educator. Please do educate me on the amazing ballot I missed
out on. Send me the document that my country is occupied for. Show me why the
USA has butchered over 100,000 of my people since 2003. Have you heard about
Abu Ghraib? Have you heard about Abeer
Qassim Hamza? She's a 14-year-old Iraqi girl who was raped then murdered
and burned by American soldiers. Have you missed the news about Haditha, Fallujah,
Mosul, Ramadi, Balad, Qaim? Those are Iraqi cities that have self-respecting
residents who have chosen to stand up for themselves and have paid the price
for it dearly.
Do you have any
idea what the U.S. has been doing to Iraq? Don't consult any Arab sources. Look
at what your own politicians have done.
In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan funded
Saddam's war on Iran and on Kurds and Shia. In 1991, the Bush Sr. encouraged
the Kurds and Shia to rise against Saddam, only to later abandon them to Saddam's
wrath. The USA starved to death 1.7 million Iraqis (according to the UN) in
the 1990s and added that it was worth
it, words that were uttered by your own Madeleine Albright.
Was all that innocent
life worth a piece of paper? Since when do occupiers care about human rights
and equality in the countries they occupy? Yours is a superiority complex known
as the White Man's Burden; an orientalist belief that "uncivilized" Third World
peoples can't get by without the guiding hand of the Westerner. Don't let the
puppets of the Iraqi government who are enjoying the ride, fool you. They're
called Uncle Toms and Quislings, Mr. Hall.
and elections under illegitimate occupations (which the U.S. has in Iraq) have
no more legitimacy than the occupations that brought them. The U.S. also allowed
for elections in Vietnam, you know. I doubt citizens of Vietnam whose flesh
burned with napalm, or Iraqis who died with white phosphorus, find these elections
and ballots worth it.
makes it obvious that you missed the whole point of the article. Don't try rereading
it. Instead, go to Iraq (not controlled areas like Kurdistan, but try the Sunni
triangle), if you have the courage, and see for yourself what misery your tax
dollars are causing innocent civilians whose only crime is holding their heads
high in their own homeland. Don't tell me supposedly benevolent corporations
like Halliburton are helping with "reconstruction." I don't imagine you'd feel
excited about your house being rebuilt by the same person who bulldozed it in
the first place.
Iraq doesn't need
the U.S. to write ballots or constitutions for it. Iraq, if you know anything
about the cradle of civilization, invented both writing and laws millennia before
the U.S. was even discovered.
Open your eyes,
Mr. Hall, to the stupidity of the question asked too frequently in the U.S.:
"Why do they hate us?" I'll rephrase that. Arabs don't really hate Americans.
They hate America's policy toward them. Arabs, like any other people on earth,
don't like bombs falling on their heads or foreign soldiers roaming their streets
in big tanks. If Abeer was your teenager child, would you feel it justified
if the people who raped and killed her handed you a ballot? If you can honestly
answer yes, then you either don't you have kids or you don't have humanity.
Lies Israel Tells Itself (and We Tell on Its Behalf)
While I generally
agree with the point of the article, isn't it written in a vacuum? Don't you
have to have the reality of what the Israelis face? I mean, the Israelis do
do some questionable things, as your article points out, but they don't do them
in a vacuum. They are generally in response to the basic fact that from the
beginning Arabs have violently opposed a Jewish state in their midst. Perhaps
some of the Israeli response is mild compared to some of the Arab actions?
~ George Buddy,
a strange argument. The Arabs – I think you mean the Palestinians – opposed
the handing over of their homeland to Jewish immigrants by the European powers,
the same Europe that had been committing genocide against the Jews and had caused
them to flee in the first place. Those Jewish immigrants established for themselves
an exclusivist ethnic state from which they expelled most of the indigenous
people, and the few who were allowed to remain became second-class citizens.
Ever since the region has been plagued by violence and war. And you think the
Arabs are to blame for that?
in Israel or Captured in Lebanon?
Frank's article saying that the Israeli soldiers might have been kidnapped inside
Lebanese territory was well written, though poorly researched, clearly to the
benefit of Mr. Frank's assumptions and the detriment of his presumably ill-informed
If the attack
in which Israeli soldiers were kidnapped happened inside Lebanon, and Israel
still had not recovered the bodies of the other soldiers who were killed in
the attack (as of July 25, when Mr. Frank's piece was published), then how were
the bodies of the fallen soldiers identified by their families and buried the
next day in Israel? Perhaps Mr. Frank was referring to the difficulty in recovering
the bodies of the solders who were killed in an ambush inside Lebanon in an
attempt to find the kidnapped soldiers. Well, they were also recovered long
before Mr. Frank's article was published, as well.
Reports were corroborated
by the Lebanese police? Hello? The only "security" forces operating in
southern Lebanon are Hezbollah and Amal. There are no Lebanese police in southern
If Mr. Frank is
antiwar, why is he supporting the claims of Hezbollah? Are they an ally for
peace? For antiwar activists, isn't it actually illogical to support a bloodthirsty
terrorist army who daily fire dozens of missiles at civilian population centers
in Israel? The same Hezbollah who further contravenes the Geneva Conventions
by using civilians as human shields, putting them in the line of fire? The whole
article confused me. How can this type of "reporting" stop a war? In my humble
opinion, it actually encourages it.
~ Seth Greenberg
Fourth Generation War
is my first encounter with your site, thanks to metafilter,
although I have seen the term in use. I commend you for taking the role of,
and suffering the pejoratively hurled, intellectual. It is a sad commentary
that the culture of leadership in both our nation and our military finds such
offense in education and assaults it on all fronts. I am grateful, as a lower
enlisted National Guard member, that there are in our military those who will
unabashedly examine the climate in which we are to engage the enemies of our
nation and culture with the honorable motive of defending the same. It is popular
conjecture that the current motive is more about enriching the defense contractors
than actually providing our nation with the world's best military. I regret
finding some truth to those assertions and am troubled that we purchase an unending
supply of gadgets while fielding an ever smaller force poorly compensated in
an objective assessment of equitable recompense in any civilian arena.
Again, thank you,
and I look forward to reading your site in the future.
~ Charles Turnipseed