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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:03 PM
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Iraqis fearful of aiding U.S. Some pay with life for cooperating
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/200...

For months, the warnings from his neighbors were clear: Stop working with the American military, or you will die.

But Haider al-Rashed, a 31-year-old member of the local council in Baghdad's Al-Adil district, continued organizing Iraqi security guards to patrol the neighborhood gas stations, supermarkets and power plants. He ventured out daily, armed with his Kalashnikov rifle and a pistol, telling himself that he could fend off any attacker.

Late on the steaming night of Aug. 29, his tormentors fulfilled their promise. As the 11 p.m. curfew neared, al-Rashed hopped into his gleaming white off-road vehicle two blocks from his home and turned the key in the ignition. The seat under him exploded, turning the vehicle into a flaming tangle of wires and steel and killing the councilman.

"I heard this loud blast," said his mother, Surour al-Rashed, 50, lowering her head to her hands as she sat in her living room in west Baghdad with her orphaned grandchildren. "I knew Haider had been threatened," she said. "But he was so brave. I was sure that he could fight back."

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loudnclear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:30 PM
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1. But who are they afraid of now...other Iraqis or the US
Being an ally of the US is a dangerous undertaking these days. Remember how we used to treat all communists?
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 12:30 AM
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2. Did anyone else see Corolina's Violin?
The people on a Greek island hung a Greek woman for dancing with a German soldier when the Germans occupied the island. I'm afraid that the U.S. is seen as the occupying or colonial forcein Iraq and that anyone who helps the U.S. will be targeted.

It gives me no pleasure to say, "I told you so."
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 12:59 AM
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3. Sorry, but collaborators with a foreign invader are usually shot, or worse
Ask the Europeans that collaborated with the Nazis that invaded their country, or the Asians that collaborated with the Japanese occupiers.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 02:32 AM
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4. And Bush* squanders our potential allies' lives in Iraq
Edited on Mon Sep-15-03 02:35 AM by w4rma
Bush needs to quit playing these grade school games with the UN and make some comprimises. He doesn't do this, because he cares more about his political skin than the lives of US soldiers and allies in Iraq.
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