Wednesday, July 06, 2005

‘Abroad’ is home for millions of us

Every voting American should read this post from Riverbend writing from Iraq, who descrbes her thoughts while watching Bush's June 29 speech on the situation in Iraq.
Here are a couple of the most poignant excerpts:

Riverbend describes the discrepancies between Bush's description and the Iraq she and her family live in day to day.

According to him, Iraq was flourishing under the occupation.

In Bush’s Iraq, there is reconstruction, there is freedom (in spite of an occupation) and there is democracy.
“He’s describing a different country…” I commented to E. and the cousin.“Yes,” E. replied. “He’s talking about the *other* Iraq… the one with the WMD.

She also responds to the statement made by General John Vines, which Bush quotes in his speech, "We either deal with terrorism and this extremism abroad, or we deal with it when it comes to us."

He speaks of ‘abroad’ as if it is a vague desert-land filled with heavily-bearded men and possibly camels. ‘Abroad’ in his speech seems to indicate a land of inferior people- less deserving of peace, prosperity and even life.
Don’t Americans know that this vast wasteland of terror and terrorists otherwise known as ‘Abroad’ was home to the first civilizations and is home now to some of the most sophisticated, educated people in the region?
Don’t Americans realize that ‘abroad’ is a country full of people- men, women and children who are dying hourly? ‘Abroad’ is home for millions of us. It’s the place we were raised and the place we hope to raise our children- your field of war and terror.

I myself missed the speech, because I was somewhere over the Atlantic, but the LA Times has printed excerpts from it if you would like to see it.

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