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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:22 AM
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A Letter To The British People From A Daughter Of Iraq
Please excuse if this is a dupe.
I just heard Mike Malloy read this heart-breaking letter on his show.
The link I found:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00193.htm

A Letter To The British People From A Daughter Of Iraq

Tuesday July 12 2005
Iman al-Saadun
http://www.bangladesh-web.com

I'm sending this letter to the British people and in particular to the residents of London. For a period of hours, you have lived through moments of desperate anxiety and horror. In those hours you lost a member of your family or a friend, and we wish to tell you in total honesty that we too grieve when human lives pass away. I cannot tell you how much we hurt when we see desperation and pain on the face of another person. For we have lived through this situation - and continue to live through it every day - since your country and the United States formed an alliance and laid plans to attack Iraq.

The Prime Minister of your country, Tony Blair, said that those who carried out the explosions did so in the name of Islam. The Secretary of State of the United States, Condoleezza Rice, described the bombings as an act of barbarism. The United Nations Security Council met and unanimously condemned the event.

I would like to ask you, the free British people, to allow me to inquire: in whose name was our country blockaded for 12 years? In whose name were our cities bombed using internationally prohibited weapons? In whose name did the British army kill Iraqis and torture them? Was that in your name? Or in the name of religion? Or humanity? Or freedom? Or democracy?

What do you call the killing of more than two million children? What do you call the pollution of the soil and the water with depleted uranium and other lethal substances?

What do you call what happened in the prisons in Iraq - in Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and the many other prison camps? What do you call the torture of men, women, and children? What do you call tying bombs to the bodies of prisoners and blowing them apart? What do you call the refinement of methods of torture for use on Iraqi prisoners - such as pulling off limbs, gouging out eyes, putting out cigarettes on their skin, and using cigarette lighters to set fire to the hair on their heads? Does the word "barbaric" adequately describe the behavior of your troops in Iraq?

May we ask why the Security Council did not condemn the massacre in al-Amiriyah and what happened in al-Fallujah, Tal'afar, Sadr City, and an-Najaf? Why does the world watch as our people are killed and tortured and not condemn the crimes being committed against us? Are you human beings and we something less? Do you think that only you can feel pain and we can't? In fact it is we who are most aware of how intense is the pain of the mother who has lost her child, or the father who has lost his family. We know very well how painful it is to lose those you love.

You don't know our martyrs, but we know them. You don't remember them, but we remember them. You don't cry over them, but we cry over them.

Have you heard the name of the little girl Hannan Salih Matrud? Or of the boy Ahmad Jabir Karim? Or Sa'id Shabram?

Yes, our dead have names too. They have faces and stories and memories. There was a time when they were among us, laughing and playing. They had dreams, just as you have. They had a tomorrow awaiting them. But today they sleep among us with no tomorrow on which to wake.

We don't hate the British people or the peoples of the world. This war was imposed upon us, but we are now fighting it in defense of our selves. Because we want to live in our homeland - the free land of Iraq - and to live as we want to live, not as your government or the American government wish.

Let the families of those killed know that responsibility for the Thursday morning London bombings lies with Tony Blair and his policies.

Stop your war against our people!

Stop the daily killing that your troops commit!

End your occupation of our homeland!


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pengu1n Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:42 AM
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1. We just do not
get to hear the voices of our "enemy combatants".

This war is not in my name.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:52 AM
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2. "Enemy combatants"
How can the corporate media paint innocent people that way? :cry:

Thank you so much for posting -- and welcome to DU! :hi:
It's wonderful to discover members from around the world here!
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pengu1n Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:38 AM
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5. Thanks
I feel at home here - even though halfway round the world.

When the Astronauts look down from space - they all say how damned small this blue planet looks. Countries, colours, religion - all the same really....simple life, safe family, food on the table, play and rest in the sun.

We need to stick together folks. Otherwise we have no voice at all in todays "world war corporation".
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:55 AM
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7. I'm glad you feel at home here.
DU is an amazing place.

From a grander perspective, this *is* a tiny blue ball in the vastness of the universe. And you're right about us all wanting the same, basic things ... Well, sane people do, anyway. It seems that we're locked in a battle between the sane and the insane, the moral and the immoral/amoral. Cartoonist, Ted Rall, asserts that dumb, mean people are running things right now. We have got to take our power back from them.


I look forward to reading more of your posts, pengu1n.
:pals:
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:13 AM
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3. Very sorry Daughter of Iraq
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
I am trying with my tiny pen to keep the Good Americans with mighty pen keep fighting to undo this evil act.
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:23 AM
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4. Thank you, Oversea Visitor
We are all fighting this atrocity together.
:hi:
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:51 AM
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6. It been a long long journey
hope journey end come soon :hug:
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:04 AM
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8. .......................
I don't know what to say. We tried protests, we tried the ballot box. Hell, some MPs tried impeachment. For a supposed democracy, it seems the people's voice doesn't count for shit. :(

The sad irony is that once upon a time, Blair couldn't take a piss without looking at a poll. Now when a large majority want out of this war, the Commons is sadly silent
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:29 AM
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9. Have to keep trying
if all option fail
Then we :spank: them really good.
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