- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 16, 2006

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Some entries from Iraqi blogs, as posted by the writers in English:

“Please don’t ask me whether I believe Iraq is on the verge of civil war yet or not. I have never experienced a civil war before, only regular ones. All I see is that both sides are engaged in tit-for-tat lynchings and summary executions. I see governmental forces openly taking sides or stepping aside. I see an occupation force that is clueless about what is going on in the country. I see politicians that distrust each other and continue to flame the situation for their own personal interests. I see Islamic clerics delivering fiery sermons against each other, then smile and hug each other at the end of the day in staged PR stunts.”

—March 24, Healing Iraq blog (healingiraq.blogspot.com)

“I would like to say to all our friends in the West and America in particular, this: have no fear; the battle is far from being lost. The land of Sumeria, Akad, Babylon, Ur, Nimrod and Ashur will never die. The land where the Old Testament was written and the Aramaic of Jesus Christ was spoken cannot become extinct. The Capital of Harun al-Rashid and the Arabian nights cannot die.”

—March 17, the Mesopotamian (messopotamian.blogspot.com)

“After 3 years; is Iraq better or worse? There is no easy way to answer this question. … The existed situation is much worse than in 2003. However this should not be taken as that Iraq is better under the previous dictator regime. Iraq and the region is certainly better without one of the most tyrant regimes in the area but the existed leaders of the different parties and groups showed no difference from the other dictators in their mentality. They are responsible directly for the delay of formation of government based on the December election!”

—March 20, Hammorabi (hammorabi.blogspot.com)

“It has been three years since the beginning of the war that marked the end of Iraq’s independence. Three years of occupation and bloodshed. Spring should be about renewal and rebirth. For Iraqis, spring has been about reliving painful memories and preparing for future disasters. … I don’t think anyone imagined three years ago that things could be quite this bad today. The last few weeks have been ridden with tension. I’m so tired of it all — we’re all tired.”

—March 18, Baghdad Burning

(riverbendblog.blogspot.com)

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