Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The most important blog you will ever read.

For the last 3 years, a 20-something Iraqi woman who goes by the psudonym "riverbend" has been blogging about her life in Iraq. She is a fascinating person and gives insight into the situation over there that no one else can give. I've learned more from her about life in Iraq before and after Saddam than in all media reports combined.

Did you know that prior to our "liberation" of Iraq, women made up almost half the workforce and had equal pay? Riverbend was a computer programmer, but can't work now because the status of women in Iraq is far, far worse than before.

Did you know that one of the most beautiful areas in Baghdad was the road to the airport that was lined with the most amazing, old palm trees - that is, until American tanks plowed them all down in the name of "safety?"

What is happening to Iraq and Riverbend and her family is just horrible. She lives in a constant state of fear, she can't leave her house without a hijab and an escort, she can't drive a car, she can't work - she's a prisoner in her own land and it's getting worse every single day.

Please, please read this blog. Start anywhere you'd like, but I recommend reading the archived posts, if for no other reason than to see another side of this conflict.

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