An interesting Blog from an Iraqi

  1. This was emailed to me, and I thought I'd share. This seems genuine as far as I've been able to tell. This is a dialoque between 2 Iraqi civilians(Raed and Salam) living in the middle of the whole mess. They has some interesting things to say here in this Weblog that they have beed keeping since 2002.

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  3. by   renerian
    Yes I saw that yesterday in one of my other clubs. Seems real? Has anyone else seen this?

    renerian
  4. by   kavi
    Just so you guys know, there is already a thread going on this blog, in the war/terrorism section. I think it's called 'emails from an iraqi citizen' or maybe it's 'bagdad citizen'.

    Anyway, the site hasn't been updated since 3/24 (the blog), and may have been shut down do to heavy traffic. (Yahoo recommended it as a site). Or shut down for more ominous reasons.

    There are some responses in the other thread that think he (pax salam) is like a Tokyo Rose.

    Anyway, that's the scoop.
  5. by   nurs4kids
    Possible propaganda???

    I did find it interesting and was feeling pretty guilty until someone pointed out the likelyhood it is propaganda...
  6. by   adrienurse
    Okay, I was unaware that it was in the war/terrorism area. I try to stay out of there, pisses me off too much.

    Okay, yeah, it may be a bunch of shyte, t's interesting though if you go back and read to the starting.
  7. by   nurs4kids
    I think Helen said and explained it best..i stole her post from the w/t thread:

    Originally posted by rncountry
    It's a sad story really, Tracy.
    During WWII there were radio broadcasts from Japan that were propaganda aimed at the American soldiers. There were actually several woman broadcasters, which ended up with the catchall name of Toyko Rose from the GI's. One of these women was actually a woman that was of Japanese descent from the US. She had gone to Japan in 1942 because of a sick relative and ended up stranded there due to the war. She was asked to leave her Aunt and Uncle's home there because she was an American and they feared what neighbors would do.
    At that point she had to make a living somehow, and by the way she had graduated from UCLA if I remember right. Anyway one of the jobs she took was at a radio station as a typist, however she ended up being forced by the Japanese to broadcast propaganda as she could speak what they called American English. In small ways she attempted to put things into broadcasts that were pro American without letting her captors know it.
    After the war she was arrested by the US military and eventually tried and convicted of Treason. At the time there seemed to be little understanding that there was not one person who could be deemed "Tokyo Rose" I honestly don't think after all that was endured by POWs of the Japanese that the military gave a rip what she had been through or why. They simply saw a traitor. I can't recall how long she was imprisoned but it was a number of years before the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. She was later pardoned by President Ford. If I recall correctly she had a husband and he was never allowed to come to this country, I suppose that no matter what there was always a suspicion.
    My point to this is there is no way to know that what is being put on this website is true, no way to know if the person posting is not doing so out of duress and no way to identify the person doing so.
    For myself I find it difficult to believe that in a country that has been under complete control of a madman and his minions that someone is out there with a computer that few Iraqi's can afford when their basic needs aren't able to be met, and if they had a computer that a site with a diary would not be shut down unless it was meant to be propaganda. And if my belief is correct, than there is a strong possiblity that the person posting is doing so under duress. So I guess what I am saying is that I take it with a big grain of salt.
  8. by   Q.
    For myself I find it difficult to believe that in a country that has been under complete control of a madman and his minions that someone is out there with a computer that few Iraqi's can afford when their basic needs aren't able to be met, and if they had a computer that a site with a diary would not be shut down unless it was meant to be propaganda. And if my belief is correct, than there is a strong possiblity that the person posting is doing so under duress. So I guess what I am saying is that I take it with a big grain of salt.
    This is noteworthy. I remember reading chronicles from some "Human Shields" who had returned from Iraq, as well as other documenation from PBS, that most Iraqi civilians are not allowed to even have television, much less radio. The thought that this civilian has internet access and can pretty much write what he wants has me wondering at best....

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