Riverbend on Saddam verdict

Riverbend has a post up today. Here is a part…

Iraq has not been this bad in decades. The occupation is a failure. The various pro-American, pro-Iranian Iraqi governments are failures. The new Iraqi army is a deadly joke. Is it really time to turn Saddam into a martyr? Things are so bad that even pro-occupation Iraqis are going back on their initial ‘WE LOVE AMERICA’ frenzy. Laith Kubba (a.k.a. Mr. Catfish for his big mouth and constant look of stupidity) was recently on the BBC saying that this was just the beginning of justice, that people responsible for the taking of lives today should also be brought to justice. He seems to have forgotten he was one of the supporters of the war and occupation, and an important member of one of the murderous pro-American governments. But history shall not forget Mr. Kubba.

Iraq saw demonstrations against and for the verdict. The pro-Saddam demonstrators were attacked by the Iraqi army. This is how free our media is today: the channels that were showing the pro-Saddam demonstrations have been shut down. Iraqi security forces promptly raided them.Welcome to the new Iraq. Here are some images from the Salahiddin and Zawra channels:(Click to view images)


Once again… The timing of all of this is impeccable- two days before congressional elections. And if you don’t see it, then I’m sorry, you’re stupid. Let’s see how many times Bush milks this as a ‘success’ in his coming speeches.

A final note. I just read somewhere that some of the families of dead American soldiers are visiting the Iraqi north to see ‘what their sons and daughters died for’. If that’s the goal of the visit, then, “Ladies and gentlemen- to your right is the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, to your left is the Dawry refinery… Each of you get this, a gift bag containing a 3 by 3 color poster of Al Sayid Muqtada Al Sadr (Long May He Live And Prosper), an Ayatollah Sistani t-shirt and a map of Iran, to scale, redrawn with the Islamic Republic of South Iraq. Also… Hey you! You- the female in the back- is that a lock of hair I see? Cover it up or stay home.”

And that is what they died for.


8 thoughts on “Riverbend on Saddam verdict

  1. I send my prayers of safety and well-being to the courageous Riverbend. All of the 101st keyboarders complain about how the media is slanted toward the negative aspects of the illegal occupation, and how the media do not venture out of the safe haven of the Green Zone to see the country with the soldiers to report on the good things happening there. But how will they counter the eyewitness report of this brave soul who actually lives outside of the Green Zone, who can’t just pack up and leave for safety after finishing reports from the front like these?
    The 101ers will just complain bias on the part of Riverbend being Iraqi, not American. They really do have no redeeming social value.
    And thanks, scout, for bringing Riverbend’s words to us reality-minded people.

  2. These American families who are visiting–are these the Gold Star families that the freepers have been mentioning? If so, can we find out what part of the country they were allowed to visit?
    Will someone get Riverbend’s commentary out to the MSM? Are her posts ever noticed? I would think the MSM would be interested… but then again, maybe not.

  3. I answered by own first question: they’re (7 people) visiting a Kurdish controlled area (Irbil) where there are no U.S. troops. Their spokesman says most of the violence is in the other parts of Iraq.
    I guess that’s what I expected. And they are deluding themselves and attempting to delude us into thinking that things in Iraq aren’t going well.

  4. How could anyone not know that the almost 3000 Americans soldiers who died in Iraq died for George Bush? And, those who are still dying are doing so to keep George Bush from looking even worse, if that is possible. This abomination will go down in history as the George Bush War. I just wish that someday he will be tried for this.

  5. And if you happen to fly today, you’ll discover that the threat level is “orange”, which I think is a change from Friday. Just in time for the election. While there, I met some poor guy who hadn’t flown since 1998, trying to figure out self-check-in and proper packaging and sizing of liquids and gels.

  6. Riverbends posts do get much noticed on the blogs. She has been a great voice of honesty and reality of life during this insane war. Her posts are so informative and very profound. She has a unique perspective that can only be had by someone actually living life as an iraqi.
    Many of us never miss a post. We wait anxiously for her next post, not sure if she is safe, when it takes a long time between posts, even though we understand the electrical problems and the problems of general living she experiences.
    Thank heaven we have her voice that rings so vibrantly thru the chaos.

  7. “I just read somewhere that some of the families of dead American soldiers are visiting the Iraqi north to see ‘what their sons and daughters died for’.”
    Dumb question – if I wanted to see the glories of Iraq, I’d want to see Baghdad with antiquities extending back thousands of years. Then perhaps see the great South West serving the great border with Syria.
    Anyone know why they didn’t even go see the most famous city of antiquity in the world? 😉

  8. The threat level was orange when I flew Sunday Oct 22, Thurs. Oct 26 and Friday Oct 27, so I think it has been orange for quite a while…maybe since The Great Shampoo Scare.

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