Almost everyone I know, including most of the NGOs, is leaving now the first chance they get. I've still been able to work yesterday and today, but when that becomes impossible, there is no use in my staying here any longer. The biggest threat is, of course, being kidnapped.
One can work around the fighting -- just stay away from it. But the randomness of the kidnapping is another story. We are all completely powerless over that situation.
Fortunately I was able to work some today. Over in Adhamiya we had an interview with Professor Adnan Mohammed Salman al-Dulainy at the Diwan Wakfa-Sunni. He is the director of the board in charge of all of the Sunnis in
He has been a teacher for 51 years. His first words to us were, "Our situation is bad. We are struggling now." He went on to tell us that in the past few days, three mosques in
He discussed the obviousness of the problems: high unemployment and the dissolving of the Iraqi Army by Bremer as being two huge problems caused by the American occupation that need to be resolved promptly if there is to be any stability here.
He went on to say, "Mr. Bush declared
His deep frustration with the fact that so many Sunni Imams have been killed, as well as many detained by the Americans, is obvious.
Afterwards I was at an internet cafe run by the son of a good friend. Ali speaks English well, and walked up to me with a leaflet he said had just been passed to him by a car that was distributing them throughout
"To our people of
Because your brothers of the mujahedeen from Ramadi, Khaldia and Falluja will bring the resistance to the capital of Baghdad, to help their brothers the mujahedeen from the Mehdi Army to liberate you from the occupation.
We told you.
Signed, Mujahedeen Troops"
Threatening leaflets similar to these were distributed around
While this leaflet is quite disturbing, it does seem a bit hard to believe that any of the mujahedeen from Falluja would decide to leave there to come fight in
Yet Mr. Bush has discussed that
Does anyone else feel like the Bush Administration is pushing us as fast it can towards the abyss of unbridled violence and chaos in
As the purported "ceasefire" in Falluja continues,
I recently wrote another version of my Falluja story for The Nation's website. The piece has since been attacked by a couple of right-wingers, one questioning my credibility and even insinuating that I may have not have even gone to Falluja. Amazing that someone sitting behind a desk in
It feels like the calm before the storm today. Aside from the Sheriton Hotel being hit by another rocket not long ago, it's been strangely quiet in
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