posted on Aug, 30 2008 @ 07:58 AM
reply to post by spookjr
Thanks for sharing your experience, I think it makes a great topic. The details of the conversation you provided are encouraging, insightful, and
sadly rare to hear. I would very much like to believe Rafid, and to an extent I do.
But, after reviewing your original post for a second time, I can't help but ask myself why Rafid, who is implying iraqi life has improved since
american intervention, would take his family and move to the states? Another thought I have is that it seems likely Rafid's work as a guide and
interpreter for General Petraeus's command unit would require a certain amount of bias towards the situation in Iraq. One could argue his perspective
should come as no surprise.
There is an HBO documentary, Baghdad High, that paints a similar picture but it is much more critical of american efforts. It was filmed a few years
ago by four highschool students in Baghdad and although its main focus is not that of popular Iraqi opinion on current events, you get a feel for what
people over there think of whats going on.
Shortly after September 11th, I was perparing for my drivers license. I had the fortune of having a certain iraqi driving instructor. After some time
spent behind the wheel with him, he told me a little about his life in Iraq. He shared with me stories of Saddam Hussein, who killed many of his
family and relatives. One story in particular I remember him telling was of him having to carry his dying brother to saftey across the desert because
Saddam had wanted him dead. Somehow down the road he joined the marines and became a US citizen. This guy had no reservations that what we were doing
was the right thing. Then again, that was in the beginning, and alot has happened since then. Still, I thought I would share that since its on topic.