Iraqi Bloggers Roundup

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Iraqi Blog Inspired Ramblings

This week I offer an assortment of links and discussions from the comments pages of our favourite Iraqi blogs, which I found interesting and encouraging. A heartfelt apology to those who want to wallow in negativity, but I just don’t do that.

First of all, the really good news: The Paris Club agrees to 80% Iraqi debt forgiveness.

Second, a novel approach to the problem of naïve young men who sign up to do the dirty work for their evil masters. Saudi father to sue jihadist scholars. I hope it catches on.

Third, after calling it quits due to government crackdown on freedom of expression, the Bahraini blogger, Mahood, reconsiders, citing a flood of emails supporting him, proving once again there is hope for this old planet and its inhabitants. God’s speed, Mahmood, and stay safe!

And then there was this story from an eyewitness, an American military man right there in the thick of it, about the thoughts of Fallujah’s ordinary citizens. Warning, lefties!! This could be a source of deep disillusionment.

And finally, the sweetest piece of the week, from Iraq the Model, Ali’s coup against one of the masters of the PC movement among elitist academics, Juan Cole.

Now, on to some other stuff: One of the big debates of the week centered on the merits of the concept of moral relativism. My take on this thing is that the concept is both stupid and dangerous, providing, as it does, an excuse for mass murder and terror. Philosopher Jonathan Dolhenty does a good job of dissecting the idea in this essay, calling moral relativism a myth. And here’s an interesting interview with the same dude, which I think is highly relevant to the whole issue that we Iraqi blogger fans are witnessing.

Then there was this intriguing bit about sarin gas discovered in Fallujah (# 2 in photo gallery).

And last, but certainly not least, Ibn Al-Rafidain captures the essence of the whole darned thing, quoting Tony Blair:

The people want the freedom (referring to the Iraqis). What we recognized, I think, today, is that we're not going to have our security unless they get that freedom

Ibn AlRafidain makes it very clear. There is a direct relationship between freedom, human rights and global security. The comments he received in response to his posting also suggest there is no turning back. The power of the Internet - and, in particular, of blogs WITH COMMENTS ENABLED (you hear that Riverbend?) - is just beginning to exert its influence. These tools not only advance the cause, they create genuine bonds of friendship and support between people in widely separated parts of the globe. We ain't seen nothing yet, but I am truly impressed and inspired!!

Louise - the Iraqi blog addict