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Losing Hearts and Minds

Posted on Apr 26, 2007

In the latest installment of “Hometown Baghdad,” Ausama shows the damage that callous American forces inflicted on his safe haven—his grandmother’s house. You can almost see the gears turning in his head as he ponders what kind of security the occupation provides.

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By JNagarya, April 28, 2007 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment

#66953 by shemp333 on 4/28 at 2:26 pm
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“If you are against Americans being in Iraq, that doesn’t mean all we are doing here is callous and wrong, . . . .”

Clue 1: the US invasion and occupation were and are illegal.  Everything which flows from the illegal is itself illegal.

Perhaps you should spend more time thinking and less in spreading pro-Bushit propaganda in effort to pretend agressive war—a crime against humanity illegalized because WW II Nazis did it—is defensible.

Torture is a war crime, even when the US does it.  Even when the US does it to innocent Iraqi civilians.

Clue 2: The morally bankrupt do not occupy ground they can morally claim to be moral.

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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

Also, I have found a great friend in Aba, and Iraqi.  I am an American, and have come to know him as one of my best friends.  Someone who I trust and respect.  I will fight for his honor as I would my own.  He is a wonderful and intelligent human being.  We come from different worlds but have a common strength.  We defend the truth even when it hurts.  And I will defend my good friend Aba.

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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

I can tell you all I am not happy with the way things have gone here in Iraq.  But the fault is not entirely the Americans.  When I say you, I mean all Iraqis.  I need to make this clear.  It is your people who cannot come together.  And for what reason?  Greed?  Stupid grouping of people according to old religious differences?  You have, as a nation, a clean slate to start with, and you have reached for the past instead of a bright future.  You are reaping the hatred you sow.  Sorry for the honesty.  I hope, sincerely, Iraq can find common ground amidst all the baggage of the past.

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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

This post is at the time of 1:10 AM Iraq.  I have a couple of Abu Bres for pets in my room, Fadel.  I was in the IZ for a while but now in Victory.  I am being honest.  Please I am only trying to enlighten the full story to Ausama’s half story.  In the video, he claims he can never replace his family photos.  Looks like they are all there in a pile on his grandmother’s desk. He never claims the bullet holes were made by the Americans.  Looks and sounds like he is just upset, but his accusations are not taking into the account his family’s history.  That is a HUGE, unmentioned part of the story.

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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

Hello Fadel Abdallah,
I am a contractor, not in the army.  Aba is an Iraqi, and you should check out the Most Wanted playing cards. His aunt is there in the deck like we pointed out.  The 5 of hearts.  If you are going to argue against this point, you are mistaken.  I understand your frustration, but is it the Americans’ fault your people would rather kill each other than take control of your own country?  This silly rift in your society is from the 13th century.  Get over it would be to big to ask of you I imagine.  The future is yours, and you are blowing it.  I am in Baghdad and have been to the Flying Man this afternoon.  All I have is my word, if you don’t accept that, I have no other proof, but have been here since May of 2005.

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By Gramma Concept, April 28, 2007 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Dear Human Friends On This Planetary Home Earth….....

God Is (still) Love, (all) war is (always) hell…....Strive On….Strive On….Strive On…...............


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By Fadel Abdallah, April 28, 2007 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

To Shemo333 and Aba:

Most likely you are two imposters claiming you’re working in Baghdad right now. I know, for sure, that soldiers in Baghdad are not free to post or say what they do or feel. With very few exceptions, most soldiers in Iraq are brainwashed and they represent the new slavery of the 21st century; the good ones have been already military court-marshaled for becoming conscientious objectors.
To give you the benefit of the doubt about you being soldiers in Iraq, then I would say that you’re part of evil Bush propaganda army, and that makes you anyway the worst of God’s creators! If you are true men with any grain of courage, you should desert the army and become conscientious objectors.

You continued presence in Iraq as evil and ugly occupiers, especially after it has been established that it was based on lies, deception and pure evil, is only bringing misery, destruction and death to Iraq and the whole region. You all have so much innocent blood on your hands, and you’re contributing to bringing about a thousand year hatred between the U.S. and the Arab-Muslim world!
Osama’s plight started when his parents gave him this name. All coward marauders peep in their pants when they hear the name Osama. This boy and his family were already judged guilty for this very name.

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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

If you are against Americans being in Iraq, that doesn’t mean all we are doing here is callous and wrong, as the post above the video suggests.  I know it is hard to get background on the situation Ausama is talking about, but now you know.  An apology from truthdig would be fair.

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By Aba, April 28, 2007 at 8:55 am Link to this comment
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if you are really an Iraqi , you should know that Ausama aunt MRs.Huda Saleh Mahdi Ammash was one of the scientist that involve in Sadam weapons research and she was a very active high rank baathy member inaddition to all this her father was a very well known baathy commandrer.

I agree life in Iraq after the war is much worse than the life under Sadam regime but also i like to convey the truth to other people about Ausama grandmother house.


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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

The info is getting larger.  In any P/X in Iraq they sell playing cards with the faces of the Most Wanted from Saddam’s regime.  Ausama’s aunt is in the deck.  She is the five of hearts, a WMD scientist and Ba’th Party Regional Command Member.  Of course the Americans would search her mother’s house!

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By shemp333, April 28, 2007 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

I can vouch for Aba.  I am working with him right now in Baghdad.  I am the one who sent him the truthdig article on Osama and his grandma.  He said he knew of Osama and his aunt was one of the most wanted women in Iraq.  So, it would make sense that the Americans would check out her relatives’ house.  A little background makes this video easier to understand the Americans’ actions.

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By vanjejo, April 27, 2007 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

Just when you think you have a mature sensible blog that doesn’t censor or choose their commentary.


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By vanjejo, April 27, 2007 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Aba prove it…

It is about as sensical as me reporting that your mother is a ~~~~~~ and your grandfather a nazi sympathizer.  It’s just a plain assinine comment.

When have you started blogging?
January, 2006

How did your perceptions change since?
I faced reality by realizing that our role as Iraqi bloggers is bigger than we have thought and that majority of the people who read our blogs were unaware of the facts and the bitter reality that the war dragged on us. Having said that, I found majority of our readers who supported the war are still insisting that America was right. So basically I have lost faith in American people in General with apologizing for the Americans who were and still against the war and the killing of innocents.

Compared to the current situation in Iraq, how different was it before the war?

Honestly, I’ve been very careful not to compare between the two eras as much as I want to because every time I open my mouth about the conditions before the war I find someone accusing me of being a ba’athist. If I was a ba’athist you wouldn’t find me here in Iraq suffering just like everyone else. Majority of the Ba’athists are now enjoying their money they stole from us in UAE, Jordan and Europe while the rest of them are killing us by the name of Jihad.

Anyway, despite that before the war I used to beg Allah for a miracle to take Saddam and all his gang members away from us and despite the pain I felt when saw these strangers who invaded our streets and buildings I felt that it was the only way to get rid of him and feel free.

On a personal level, even if I couldn’t manage to work for a good company for Saddam’s Mukhabart used to control everything and at that time the good jobs used to go mostly to the people with the strong contacts and despite the brutal sanctions imposed on us by the USA , I never had a security problem, I never saw a dead body, I never had to deal with a friend who was raped ,I never had to freak out when ever I try to call a friend with no answer thinking the worse might happened, I never had a problem with what I wear, I used to go out with a bunch of girls up till 10 pm to take long walks either in Alrubai’e street, Mansour or Karrada, I used to take my mother and sister and go visit our aunt and get back home real late, three women in a car in the night in Baghdad (now the idea it self is a good base for a horror movie!!!) .The electricity back then was far better comparing to now, other services were not easy to have but I never had to stand in line for 7 hours to fill my car with fuel nor my parents had to stay for 4 hours on their feet to get oil to the heaters in winter. Long list my friend!

Now we have lost in three years more than we lost in 30 years. You do not have to dig under ground to look for hidden mascaras, the dead bodies are thrown in the streets, a huge operation was preformed against doctors, engineers, writers, journalists, university prophesiers to execute everything that is good in my country. Then if that was not enough, terrorists were encouraged to enter the country from the country’s widest open doors, a corrupt government took over and a civil war was provoked. A lot of people fell in that game due to the lack of education since all the educated people were either killed or emigrated from the country and not forgetting the huge gap created by the sanctions which were on educational level as well.

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By dale Headley, April 27, 2007 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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The sad truth is that most Americans watching this will simply shrug their shoulders and say, “So what?”  So what?  So, if George Bush and his neocon fascists get the power they have been seeking by continuing to chip away at our constitutional rights, the same thing will happen in American homes.

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By Aba, April 27, 2007 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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Mr Osama,

The american raid your grandmother house for only one reason , don’t forget that your grandfather was on of the most famous member of baath part and your aunt were one of the most wanted woman by the american after the war due to her major rule in serving Sadam regime weapons researches.

Aba MJ

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By vanjejo, April 27, 2007 at 2:49 am Link to this comment

Jesse your theory is scary—
If the heirarchy in the military told our men that WE - in this country - were a threat?  It is common sense that playing rambo does NOT necessitate the destruction of photographic material, THAT is just plain bully-mentality.  These are young men with alot of power put into their hands and not much experience with viewing life through the eyes of other HUMANS.  But your right - if we subliminally train them to consider others your enemies and a threat then in immaturity this denotes authorization to ignore the human emotion of compassion.  If our government had subliminally reminded these troups that we are there to spread democracy and these people were depending on them to be good, kind and humble in retrospect of us “spreading democracy”????
Well maybe then these boys would view them as deserving of the promises that our president voiced was our intent.

P.S.— We need to wake up and decipher the propaganda and deprogram this way of thinking.  We build the wall - totally against EVERYTHING this country has villified in the past.  We CAGE these people and ignore their general needs, destroy their homes, kill their children (all behind this wall) and - OH GOD!!! what do we put in our national headlines?  What do we FEED the mentally weak as reasoning?  Yes - sadly the Iraqis’ are getting better treatment than your average middle class american!!!  Maybe our government will soon provide us with the same “community” perks!

Troops build gated communities in Baghdad

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By vet240, April 26, 2007 at 11:58 pm Link to this comment
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I am an American. I ask every American to try this exercise.

close your eyes for a minute.

Now try to imagine how you would feel if suddenly you hear many male voices screaming at your front door. Seconds pass and you hear an explosion. Men shooting into your front room. bullets shattering furniture and the sound of glass breaking. Now they’re at your bedroom door. Who are they? They kick in your door and scream for you to get down on the floor. One puts a knee on your neck while another puts restraints on your wrists. All the while they are screaming questions at you. You don’t understand their language.

They accuse you of being a supporter of terrorists. Over time you convince them their “intelligence” was wrong. You are not a terrorist supporter.

They leave after removing your wrist restraints. They appoligize for their mistake.

Can or will you be able to forgive them?

Will you ever be able to feel safe in your home again?

Are you still not a supporter of terrorists?

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By jesse, April 26, 2007 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

Like so many, I am also ashamed of my American government’s conduct in all ways regarding Iraq. I make one exception, in most cases, where our men and women of the military are criticized. For the most part, our military personelle are doing what they are told to do—not what they WANT to do. It is true that in any population there are evil people who do horrible things. There is no reason to except our soldiers from that premise and certainly there have been soldiers who have committed exactly that kind of crime. However, one must take into consideration that our troops are very isolated from many outside sources of information and are, thus, dependant upon what their superiors and our government tell them is true. (We here Stateside know all too well how disingenuous that information can be even here.)Thus, if a commander tells a patrol there are terrorists inside gramma’s house, those soldiers have no choice but to take that information seriously and do what they must to insure the safety of civilians and themselves alike.

If we are to end this tragedy and stop the violations Ausama describes, we must do it at the political level and take back control of our out-of-control government.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 26, 2007 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

It’s customary that acts and words of kindness can leave one speechless. However, acts of human violence and evil, scenes of man-made destruction, and crude evil can make one speechless too, out of embarrassment and shame, especially when the perpetrators are your own country men, who are doing the evil in your name and the name of democracy and with your taxpayer money, while you sit helpless, unable to do anything, and you realize that words are shallow and meaningless in the face of atrocities committed by your big and evil government.

That you is me! And I feel speechless due to anger, sadness and unbound disappointment at my country and my fellow countrymen for failing collectively to stand against all the evil being committed.

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