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Monday, September 01, 2003

La Voz de Aztlan is a very interesting piece of work. It has the perfect mix of ignorance and hate that you usually see from white supremacist groups or rednecks. Yet, they seem to have a very "liberal" message. I can appreciate their pro-immigration articles- to an extent. Their blatant anti-semitism is quite another matter. Their articles are constantly tainted with the whole "Jews run everything and everyone suffers because of them" idea. An old idea, attacking Jews is nothing new and their methods lack innovation. Sadly they are opposing the oppression of one group and calling for it for another. The "liberal" model seems to support this kind of thinking all to often.
Iraq is not going to hell- go figure......

A perspective you do not hear often, but when you do hear it your it from US soldiers or Iraqis. This is an article worth reading and a rarity in the Seattle Times.

So snips:

Many who militated against toppling Saddam predicted that Iraq would descend into communal violence or civil war. Instead, Iraqis have worked together and closely with coalition authorities and troops. Local councils and courts are functioning throughout the country. Workers in schools, hospitals and government ministries have elected their own leaders, and seeds of democracy are sprouting up in the forms of private organizations and 150 new newspapers and magazines.

Dilapidated schools and infrastructure are being rebuilt, and the economy is being reformed and revived. In parts of the country that for more than 20 years were limited to one hour of electricity a day and no clean water, stunting people's growth, basic services are now almost nonstop.

Except for the isolated contract killings and sabotage, the country is calm and experiencing improved conditions day by day. A transitional government is in place, the only political body in Iraq's history representative of the country's religious and ethnic groups. Iraqis also will convene soon to write the country's constitution, paving the way for elections.

One friend in America told me that his brother in Iraq is so happy with the way things are going, he wants to build a statue of President Bush in front of his house. Another friend said his siblings told him they could finally breathe — inside their homes — after years of strangulating fear. My uncle in Baghdad said, "We've been brought back to life."

Many experts and diplomats warned grimly that without Saddam, Iraq would break apart, destabilizing the region. Instead, Iraqis of all stripes have shown that their main allegiance is to Iraq, and their main aspiration is to live freely. Most clergy have counseled patience and cooperation with the coalition, and extremists have not gathered great support. Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson, having just moved to Iraq, praised America as a liberator in Iraq and urged separation of mosque and state.





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