Unfortunately, there are
many naïve people in my country, in fact there are more naïve people in my
country than informed. This is just one of our many problems. The majority of
Americans do not care to be informed. They don't read the newspaper, or even
watch the television news. All over the world, in Iraq, the Sudan etc. people are suffering and dying and
Americans do not care to worry themselves
with the hardship and devastation of
others. It makes me so mad, even my own friends have no idea what's happening in the world. Then there is our
media providers, more than 75% of our media sources manipulate and filter the
news they provide for us. The more I talk about it the more upset I get. To be
honest with you, America is a lost cause. The rich will continue to get richer,
and the poor, poorer. Capitalism is the cause of many of our problems and this country will never embrace
socialism, we have become to materialistic. It is easy to see why people from the
middle east and Europe hate us. The average American citizen, the middle class
peoples, will slip into poverty within the next 20 t 30 years. I refuse to stay
here, there are little to no opportunities for my future children. I don't agree with
our political leaders and the average person has little to no say about what
happens in our own country.
Don't get me wrong, I know I should be grateful for the freedoms I do
have, and I am. There are billions of people in much worse situations
than me. I'm sorry that you feel fear when you see an American. To be honest
with you, I feel a little frightened when I ride the train and see a middle
eastern person. Don't get me wrong, I am not prejudice or racist, I am
just aware of the hate other people have for my country, and it is warranted. However, I don't feel that the solution
revolves around blowing up a crowded area. (I know all Iraqi people do not feel that
way). My country and others, even yours, through out history have always thought
is the answer to a problem, it's not, it never is.
On my home today I saw 2 cars of ambulance in the
neighborhood, shocked people gathering here and there and women know nothing
what to do but to sit on the ground and cry. when I entered my house I saw my
brother and his eyes were full of tears talking about what had happened while my
second brother was lying shocked of what had happened in the super market of the
neighborhood: 3 cars were full of armed men shooting haphazardly, they killed 5
men (the baker, an owner of convenience store and an old man with his 2 young
sons) they threw a hand grenade in the bakery and ran away, leaving these 5
bodies with no help about 30 minutes. People were frightened to death and each
one tried to hide himself in the nearest house or shop he found. My 2 brothers
were very sad because the know the good convenience store owner and the man with
his 2 poor sons…till this moment each one in the neighborhood asks why this
happened and for the sake of whom???
My neighborhood decided to mourn those innocents 5
persons, shops will be shut down for 3 days.
Words are silent …I don’t know what to say … I know that
nightmares are rarely happened in one’s dreams while sleeping but for Iraqis it
is different …we live the nightmare itself everyday and every minute…here in
Iraq people choose to ran away from the nightmares into sleeping !
The death of alZarqawi was not a joy to me either. The moment I heard of
his death was not a big deal to me because I do care about other
My people are dying tens by tens and no one cares.
The Iraqi children suffer depravity and no one cares!
The young are afraid of abducting or killing so they decide to stay at
home leaving their study and their future to another time and this is a very
huge problem if they really think of it.
The death squad is there… free in killing whoever it wants, threatening
people with out hesitation and no one cares!
IraqWhat is happening here does not belong to AlZarqawi only…because his
first concern was the coalition forces for this reason his death is a joy for
them and for the American government and that what they do really care about!…I
was shopping when I heard his death and the first comment I heard from the
people there was "they killed him and there will be a thousand of alzarqawi
instead!!" ..the circle of violence will continue and I think you heard what had
happened in Iraq after his death. His death will
bring more violence because it is a reaction to violence.
I agree with you that peaceful acts may teach every one that we can truly
live together in a world of respect and I hope there will be ears and minds to
listen to your message carefully.
Here are three letters that are flowers about to blossom...the start of friendship across a great divide. When we get to know each other we get to know ourselves a bit better... -- Thu 6/8/2006
Women of Peace is a group of students, actually we are 7 girls from Iraq
, we are friends about the same age but we have different ideas , hobbies,
ambition and one thing unified us which is our love to our country and our
longing to see our country prosperous again.
We heard about your blog and we want to cherish some views with you
…different life views…
We do not know any body of you but we heard a lot about
your teacher Mr. Bruce Wallace.
Each time one of us is going to send you an answer or a question or an
idea to talk about, and some times we are going to send you our reaction about
some world incidents to get to know you and see how other young people thinking…
I am the first one,
BaghdadMy name is Suha (19years old). I live in Baghdad with my mother and 3 brothers. My
father died in jail…I think (my mother also thinks the same) that your troops
killed him because they thought he was a terrorist.
Last year I heard a conversation on the radio with a naïve young
American student who said that Iraqis are grateful to all American people
because We (the Americans) freed them from the dictator and all of them are
happy now!!?? They live peacefully and better than ever!!...so my question is:
Do you think the way he thinks? Please do tell me.
-- Thu 6/8/2006
My name is ChristinaChinnici. I live in Brooklyn n.y., and I am a
student at Hunter college. I received your
message and in reply to your question, no I definitely do not agree with the American student you heard on the radio. Unfortunately, there are many people in my country who feel the
same way as that student. Our news media fosters the idea that Iraqi civilian
are happy, and appreciative of the American
military for "freeing Iraqi". I on the other hand am aware of the atrocities and innocent lives lost because of our presence in your country. I am very sorry that your father was
killed in prison and I hope you don't lose anymore family. Our government is
under the impression that our military can
alleviate many of the problems that surround the sunni and shiite peoples. I
don't think we are doing much good there and I hope President Bush and his
advisors realize the damages they have done and, for the sake of your people and my
troops, I hope we leave Iraqi, soon.
I hope to hear from you again, and I hope you and your family are safe in
the months to come,
Christina -- Fri 6/9/2006
Thank you Christina for this feeling.
Yes that was a very naïve young man, because war brings devastation. That
young boy made my feeling full of hatred , the moment my father died I could not see any American in our streets
any more though many of you protest
against war but till this moment I am afraid of you.
Now let me tell you about myself:
I am also a
student in the Teacher training Institutes/next year I am going to be in the
fourth stage/class. I never liked to be a teacher one day but my father wanted
that and I am trying to make his wish become true.
My mother was a housewife but after the death of my father she is trying
to work hard waiting each one of us to graduate and help her ,now she works as
clothes designer…she sews for people simple women and children clothes. My 2
brothers are also students but the youngest one; he is 5 years old.
My mother is not perfect in her work but women (most of them are
neighbors) try hard to encourage her work to be well qualified and this makes me
We finished our final exam 2 weeks ago. Now I do my
entire mom’s house work because she is busy. I clean the house every day, wash
clothes with my hands because we have no electricity to use the washer machine
and some times I do cooking and my food preparation is very good.
I have not been in touch because I am frustrated of many things but
above all I have no connection.
Thanks God that Marilyn is fine now... Give her a big hug on behalf of
me. I hope things will be better with you all because you deserve the
As you said thing are bad here...very bad!!
I am thinking a lot of the trip and I want to see you but the
situation gets harder ...my passport is delayed again for no reason and the
officer told me he would do it for me but he wants 300$ in returns or I have to
wait longer than that because most Iraqi families are trying to go out of Iraq
and they pay for it to flee from the bad situation inside.I am trying to find
some way to do it with the help of Eman and some friends.
My students finished their Exam last Thursday...did you receive
anything from them?
We as teachers still grading their answers and we will stop going
to school next Monday inshallah.
One of our student had a car accident ...American troops
(Humvee) hit her from the back while she was walking ...every bone (down from
her waist) was damaged...I tried to see her or visit her but I
The average of killing and abducting are increased day after
day...of course no authority bothers it self to know what is going on and
why? the owner of the neighborhood bakery was killed with 2 of his
assistants...the man who works on the local generator in my neighborhood was
killed for unknown reason...and so on...who is the next ...??i do not
Each time I am frustrated I think of Marilyn and you and the hope
you both planed in me ...I love you both...thanks.