Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Mohammed at Iraq the Model writes, Kill us, but you won't enslave us.

Last week our little and peaceful family was struck by the tragic loss of one of its members in a savage criminal act of assassination. The member we lost was my sister's husband who lived with their two little children in our house.

He was a brilliant young doctor with a whole future awaiting him, the couple were the top graduates in their branch of specialty. They had to travel abroad to get their degrees and the war started while they were there but months after Saddam fallen they decided to come back to help rebuild the country and serve their people.

... Grief and pain is killing me everyday as I hold my dear nephews, my sister is shocked beyond words while my parents are dead worried about the rest of us.

We are trying hard to close the wound, summon our patience and protect those still alive while we look forward to the future that we hope can bring peace for us.

The terrorists and criminals are targeting all elements of life and they target anyone who wants to do something good for this country…They think by assassinating one of us they could deter us from going forward but will never succeed, they can delay us for years but we will never go back and abandon our dream. We have vowed to follow the steps of our true martyrs and we will raise the new generation to continue the march, these children of today are the hope and the future.

Send them some love, if you have it in you.

Those who wish this all had never happened will decry this in their own way. Somehow they long for the "better" days when Iraqis were murdered by their own government and our troops were far away doing something else. That way they didn't have to sense blood on our hands. Even as they remind us Saddam always was our responsibility. I've long since stopped trying to make sense of that.

For me, it redoubles my commitment. Yes, it is a war. I'm more interested in winning it -- in helping them to win it -- than in arguing about defining it. Many are frustrated and infuriated by this. Including Marc Danziger, who says, "You want to abandon them, and the men and women like them? Not with my support. Not ever."