It’s September 9th 2005. It has been nearly four years since September 11th. As we look to the news each evening, we are shocked by the images of the recent devastation in New Orleans. Some of us are outraged by the censorship of images coming from outside and even inside our own country. We are still not seeing bodies in either Iraq or New Orleans.
The sensationalist images seen on the nightly news are not truly descriptive of the devastation seen in New Orleans or Baghdad, and certainly not of the battles being waged on Iraq’s border with Syria. Al’Qaim and Tal Afar are just the latest in a lengthening list of western towns drifting back and forth between the control of the resistance and the state of simply being ignored. These are provincial, mostly Sunni, towns that the central government couldn’t concern itself with, except when it wishes to make an example of the resistance when they come to town.
Does this sound familiar? Perhaps this is the same sort of relationship that a large portion of the Gulf Coast seems to have with the United States’ central government as well. What little media we see demonstrates the situation of people forgotten by the United States in its efforts to eradicate Terrorism. We’ve already realized that the levees weren’t funded because of budgets slashed due to a desperate need for funds to cover the Iraq war.
Just as journalists now are venturing to New Orleans to cover the story, I will be traveling to Baghdad at the end of the month, to remind Americans about the ongoing devastation a world away from us. In order to make this happen, I still need to get funds and visibility in order to help shine the same kind of light on the Iraqi situation that independent media is now making an effort to bring to New Orleans.
In just over a month the Iraqis will be voting on their new constitution. I intend to be in Baghdad or elsewhere in Iraq when this happens. Whether this is possible, and certainly whether I can continue to remain there after the vote, depends very much on the funds I can raise before I leave and while I am there.
Please, if you aren’t in a place to donate funds, or perhaps feel too drawn to aid those in the United States, at the very least spread word of my project, of my site and blog, to others. By reaching out as far as possible, I believe we can find enough people who want to see truth from Iraq, to see the devastation there as much as we currently yearn for truth from New Orleans about Katrina, as much as we simultaneously cringe from and are fascinated to see, the wreckage of a great natural disaster.
Together we can make a difference. We can shine a light in the darkness, and provide what support we can to the Iraqi people.
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