Good to know that this is what all the fuss is about...

  1. just thought i would share... the colbert report tonight brought this to my attention. interesting.

    'gated communities' for war-ravaged baghdad

    u.s. tries high walls and high tech to bring safety to parts of baghdad


    by [color=#0c4790]karin brulliard
    washington post staff writer
    monday, april 23, 2007; 1:32 pm

    baghdad -- the u.s. military is walling off at least 10 of baghdad's most violent neighborhoods and using biometric technology to track some of their residents, creating what officers call "gated communities" in an attempt to carve out oases of safety in this war-ravaged city.
    okay blah blah blah....this is the good part.......
    "they've been doing it in florida, and the old people seem to like it," joked the platoon's leader, sgt. 1st class charles schmitt, 37, as he watched his team create the public entrance to the new gated community.
    awesome. a 400 billion dollar gated community. where do i sign up? :angryfire
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  3. by   EricJRN
    Moved to Current Events Forum. Carry on!
  4. by   bethin
    Quote from vieragrl1030
    just thought i would share... the colbert report tonight brought this to my attention. interesting.

    'gated communities' for war-ravaged baghdad

    u.s. tries high walls and high tech to bring safety to parts of baghdad


    by [color=#0c4790]karin brulliard
    washington post staff writer
    monday, april 23, 2007; 1:32 pm

    baghdad -- the u.s. military is walling off at least 10 of baghdad's most violent neighborhoods and using biometric technology to track some of their residents, creating what officers call "gated communities" in an attempt to carve out oases of safety in this war-ravaged city.
    okay blah blah blah....this is the good part.......
    "they've been doing it in florida, and the old people seem to like it," joked the platoon's leader, sgt. 1st class charles schmitt, 37, as he watched his team create the public entrance to the new gated community.
    awesome. a 400 billion dollar gated community. where do i sign up? :angryfire
    although it isn't exactly the berlin wall it does have characteristics of it, imo. what happens when you have to venture outside these gated communities (they make it sound like beverly hills)? the walls are not going to protect you then. a life is not meant to be lived inside walls.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Girl Blog from Iraq - Thursday, April 26, 2007

    The Great Wall of Segregation...
    …Which is the wall the current Iraqi government is building (with the support and guidance of the Americans). It's a wall that is intended to separate and isolate what is now considered the largest 'Sunni' area in Baghdad- let no one say the Americans are not building anything. According to plans the Iraqi puppets and Americans cooked up, it will 'protect' A'adhamiya, a residential/mercantile area that the current Iraqi government and their death squads couldn't empty of Sunnis.

    The wall, of course, will protect no one. I sometimes wonder if this is how the concentration camps began in Europe. The Nazi government probably said, "Oh look- we're just going to protect the Jews with this little wall here- it will be difficult for people to get into their special area to hurt them!" And yet, it will also be difficult to get out....

    ...I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere. We didn't know what our neighbors were- we didn't care. No one asked about religion or sect. No one bothered with what was considered a trivial topic: are you Sunni or Shia? You only asked something like that if you were uncouth and backward. Our lives revolve around it now. Our existence depends on hiding it or highlighting it- depending on the group of masked men who stop you or raid your home in the middle of the night....

    http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

    Really interesting. She lives in Baghdad. You can go back and read her blog from the beginning of the war.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    WHO EVER WROTE THAT BLOG IS FULL OF IT

    i have personally talked with soldiers back from iraq who told of their digging up mass graves with small skulls of babies small children..one said that he hoped that saddam was rotting in some hole...i remembered that when they pulled him out of that 'spider hole'
    if this was peace than she must have been one of the protected sunni who didn't lose a loved one to 'monster of baghdad'
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think we can deduce she is Sunni from this posting of Saturday, August 30, 2003:

    …Everyone is still discussing the death of Al-Hakim. Al-Hakim isn’t particularly popular with moderate Shi’a. One of my cousins, and his wife, are Shi’a and when he heard the news, he just shrugged his shoulders and said he didn’t like him much anyway- power-hungry clerics (of any religion) make people nervous, I guess. No one I know personally seems very traumatized with his death, but everyone is horrified with the number of casualties. 126 people dead and over 300 wounded- some of them dying….

    http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/20...g_archive.html
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    Mr. Bush, Tear Down These Walls!
    Posted on Apr 26, 2007
    By Scott Ritter

    Reagan’s speech was full of the flowery rhetoric typical of polarizing political addresses. But it was also rooted in the principles and ideals at the very foundation of America. Reagan wasn’t simply on a political stump, gushing throw-away political promises. He was placing an ideological marker on the ground, establishing a rallying point around which people from all walks of life could assemble in the defense of freedoms not enjoyed on the other side of the Berlin Wall. He pointedly noted, in comparing the forces of democracy and those of communism, “… there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.” ...

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/print...n_these_walls/

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