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June 15, 2006

Today, I decided to join the rest of the world in the blogging revolution. Whether what I have to say is of any worth remains to be seen.

I was struck by the following excerpt from a Washington Post article my dad sent. Written by George Will, the article deals with the ongoing sectarian violnce we see in Iraq, and the underlying assumption the U.S government made that Iraqis are primarily nationalists and only secondarily separationists.

“But it did not take three years of Zarqawi and terrorism and sectarian violence to turn Iraqis into difficult raw material for self-government. For that, give another devil his due: Saddam Hussein’s truly atomizing tyranny and terror. On June 20, 2003, just 72 days after the fall of Baghdad, The Post reported this from Fallujah:

‘Military engineers recently cleared garbage from a field in Fallujah, resurfaced it with dirt and put up goal posts to create an instant soccer field. A day later, the goal posts were stolen and all the dirt had been scraped from the field. Garbage began to pile up again.’

An Army captain asked, ‘What kind of people loot dirt?’ There are many answers to that question. Here is one: a kind of people who are hard to help.”

We can only hope that our initial premise was correct, although taking longer than we hoped for to settle into. To read the full article, click on this link:

Washington Post

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