Iraqi Bloggers Roundup

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Kidnappings, Heroes, and Tattoos

Ali at Iraq the Model gives his thoughts on the recent kidnappings of two French reporters:

"These kidnappers don't care about Hijab and they appreciate the French role and reporters role in general in Iraq, but they believe that such operation and after releasing the hostages would give a message to the west that, 'we are peaceful people and we listen to demands made peacefully and to demonstrations even when we don't agree with you' they are trying to encourage a foreign policy similar to that of France and certain belief among some westerns that peaceful methods work better than force with terrorists, and also saying that they wouldn't mind what the internal policy is. This is of course different from the hardcore islamists' attitude but I believe these are not involved here, as its just not their style. "

I'll go out on a limb here and say that I agree with his assessment. I doubt these criminals are of the same sadistic mindset of the inhuman thugs that murdered the 12 Nepalese workers. I suspect this was a crime of convenience. Two foreigners in the wrong place at the right time.

Kurdo has graphic photos of the murdered Nepalese hostages (WARNING! These images are very disturbing and not recommended for the young or weak-stomached.) Kurdo once again demonstrates his humanity in his thoughts for the innocent victims and his condemnation of these acts: "God bless them, and God punish these terrorist monsters."

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Raed's latest post is an examination of the heroes of the Najaf crisis. According to Raed, Sistani is the undeserving hero who stopped the fighting and Muqtada Al-Sadr is the real hero that protected the shrine and saved it from destruction. Maybe the Najafi police should have used the shrine for their headquarters and for stockpiling weapons. Would that have made them the heroes? Or would it just make them yellow-bellied, lily-livered, disrespectful, murderous thugs using the cowardly technique of hiding in a holy place for protection?

Don't forget to check out Faiza's latest Pictures in Baghdad. I'm glad she's able to find the beauty and normality of Iraqi life amid all the destruction.

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Salam Pax is back and better than ever. His new blog takes us on his latest adventures in Najaf and Sadr city. He fearlessly weaves in and out of streets patrolled by Mahdi militiamen, reporting from the frontline while shaking hands with RPG-armed militiamen along the way. All without batting an eye while sporting his sexy new flak jacket. His daring and bravery fall to the wayside, however, when confronted by less-than-sanitary conditions at the tattoo parlor. Welcome back to the blogosphere Salam!