:: Thursday, 15 April 2004 ::
An impenetrable and unscaleable wall of prejudice.
Iraqi blogger Riverbend writes:
To lessen the feelings of anti-Americanism, might I make a few suggestions? Stop the collective punishment. When Mark Kimmett stutters through a press conference babbling about "precision weapons" and "military targets" in Falloojeh, who is he kidding? Falloojeh is a small city made up of low, simple houses, little shops and mosques. Is he implying that the 600 civilians who died during the bombing and the thousands injured and maimed were all "insurgents"? Are houses, shops and mosques now military targets?
Gi Fa, patrol. To lessen the deaths stop the shooting at the military. You suggesting all 600 are not insurgents? You suggesting that the Brave Iraqi Mafia in Fallujah does not give guns to kids, does not hide out in civilian areas and does not use women as shields? You suggesting that Iraqi women and children cannot possibly be part of the Brave Iraqi Mafia?
Gi Fa two times, you patrol.
Then she writes this:
What I'm trying to say is that we don't need news networks to make us angry or frustrated. All you need to do is talk to one of the Falloojeh refugees making their way tentatively into Baghdad; look at the tear-stained faces, the eyes glazed over with something like shock. In our neighborhood alone there are at least 4 families from Falloojeh who have come to stay with family and friends in Baghdad. The stories they tell are terrible and grim and it's hard to believe that they've gone through so much.
You see Iraqi's leaving Falluhjah and you get angry at the US? Why, you daft cunt, can you not get sensible and start getting angry at the Brave Iraqi Mafia in Falluhjah who is stupidly fighting against the US military, viciously using children and women as their shields and even recruiting them into their fighting - we all watch the news, Riverbend, we can see the Brave Iraqi Mafia waving their guns in the air and wearing their stupid teatowels all over their faces, we can tell by their bodyshapes they are mostly young, some of the very young, stupid Iraqi men and boys.
Why is this woman the only Iraqi blogger who can not write a single word that recognises that the Brave Iraqi Mafia is just a bunch of pig blokes who do more harm than good to a country, who put Iraqi civlians in danger by carrying out their attacks on coalition troops from civlian areas?
It is embarrassing for girlies everywhere when women act as deliberately foolish as this one.
And get this:
There has been a lot of criticism about the way Al-Arabia and Al-Jazeera were covering the riots and fighting in Falloojeh and the south this last week. Some American spokesman for the military was ranting about the "spread of anti-Americanism" through networks like the abovementioned.
Actually, both networks did a phenomenal job of covering the attacks on Falloojeh and the southern provinces. Al-Jazeera had their reporter literally embedded in the middle of the chaos- and I don't mean the lame embedded western journalists type of thing they had going at the beginning of the war (you know- embedded in the Green Zone and embedded in Kuwait, etc.). Ahmed Mansur, I believe his name was, was actually standing there, in the middle of the bombing, shouting to be heard over the F-16s and helicopters blasting away at houses and buildings. It brought back the days of 'shock and awe'...
Christ almighty here we go again.
The bombing and the shooting and the killing in Falluhjah is caused by the Brave Iraqi Mafia who keep shooting from civlian areas in Falluhjah at military forces lined up outside of Falluhjah. Stop shooting and the bombing stops.
Start capturing the Brave Iraqi Mafia and hand them over to the military. Start cleaning up your Falluhjah pigsty and the bombing will stop.
She is impressed by propagandists. Anti-Americxan propagandists, natch.
And this too:
I think western news networks are far too tame. They show the Hollywood version of war- strong troops in uniform, hostile Iraqis being captured and made to face "justice" and the White House turkey posing with the Thanksgiving turkey... which is just fine. But what about the destruction that comes with war and occupation? What about the death? I don't mean just the images of dead Iraqis scattered all over, but dead Americans too. People should *have* to see those images. Why is it not ok to show dead Iraqis and American troops in Iraq, but it's fine to show the catastrophe of September 11 over and over again? I wish every person who emails me supporting the war, safe behind their computer, secure in their narrow mind and fixed views, could actually come and experience the war live. I wish they could spend just 24 hours in Baghdad today and hear Mark Kimmett talk about the death of 700 "insurgents" like it was a proud day for Americans everywhere...
She just loves Al Jazeera when it shows all the carnage inflicted by her Brave Iraqi Mafia which she comfortably from behind her computer blames entirely on the military without ever blaming once, not even a little bit, her Brave Iraqi Mafia.
But Al Jazeera will not show her Brave Iraqi Mafia murdering an Italian civilian worker, because it is too bloody, apparently. Her Brave Propagandists for the Brave Iraqi Mafia will not show that Mafia behaving like the pigs they are - that would not fit the propaganda.
Riverbend actually thinks none of us are watching.
She thinks none of us can imagine the horror if life in a country where pyschotic Mafia thugs turn everything they touch into shit and corrupt and lazy spinless locals like herself cannot even bring themselves to recognise that they are the problem and the military is not the problem.
Root causes, Riverbend, and the root cause is you and your Brave Iraqi Resistance and your Brave Propagandists for the Brave Iraqi Resistance.
Just once you should criticise the thugs who kidnap and murder. Till you do you are an idiot.
And she closes with this:
Still, when I hear talk about "anti-Americanism" it angers me. Why does American identify itself with its military and government? Why is does being anti-Bush and anti-occupation have to mean that a person is anti-American? We watch American movies, listen to everything from Britney Spears to Nirvana and refer to every single brown, fizzy drink as "Pepsi".
I hate American foreign policy and its constant meddling in the region... I hate American tanks in Baghdad and American soldiers on our streets and in our homes on occasion... why does that mean that I hate America and Americans? Are tanks, troops and violence the only face of America? If the Pentagon, Department of Defense and Condi are "America", then yes- I hate America.
Milo, give me strength. I mean, how does one deal with this sort of intellectually gymnastic rubbish?
Why does being anti-Bush and anti-occupation mean being anti-America? Probably because, in your case, all you ever do is complain about the Americans. If you were pro-something, Riverbend, then maybe it wouold be possible for you to be characterisable as something other than just another Iraqi anti-US crank with nothing to offer her country except sniping from behind the safety of your computer. You are anti-American because you cannot help yourself.
I mean really, she cannot have been thinking when she wrote that.
But I think it might be a helpful exercise for me to exorcise some of the palpitations I have had since reading that last bit of her post. Let us address her in the same manner, then eh?
I hate Iraq's foreign policy of annexing Kuwait and its constant meddling in the region by paying the families of Palestinian suicide bombers...I hate the Brave Iraqi Mafia kidnapping foreign civilian workers and murdering one Italian civilian and threatening three others...I hate Saddam's brutal oppression and the stupid UN oil-for-palaces sanctions that caused Iraqis to flee their country...and I hate those fleeing Iraqis when they arrive uninvited into my country demanding I treat them as refugees after they have bypassed perfectly safe countries on their way down to Oz
...does that mean I hate Iraq and Iraqi people?
Are brutal dictatorship, kidnapping murdering scum pigs and illegal Iraqi immigrants the only face of Iraq? If so, I hate Iraq.
Zif they are the only faces. There are dentists, for goodness sake, like Zeyad. And there are booksellers, and school teachers, and architects and lawyers and engineers and athletes. I know Iraq is more than just the Brave Iraqi Mafia and sniping pessimists like Riverbend. I know it so I know I am not anti-Iraqi.
She however cannot bring herself to write what is good about America. The best she can do to disguise her anti-Americanism is to phrase her question as if the only things she hates about America are tanks in her area.
But when the tanks are gone, she will find something else to bitch about.
Riverbend is like the person decribed here in this new blog The Joy of Knitting
An impenetrable and unscaleable wall of prejudice.
Good thing she is in the minority.
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