Yes, Americans Scare Me. They Might Kill Me.

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

So said a seven year old Iraqi boy in an interview.  The poor kid has basically lived his entire life in a war torn country, in many ways resembling scenes from Mad Max. Now he is an orphan.  He says that the Americans threw a disk of fire at his house and his family was killed.  He survived but the Americans will forever scare him.  

I guess the first thing that I think when I hear this young boy say this is, “You don’t have to be scared of me young man!  Please, let me help you, I don’t want you to be scared.”

The second thing I think is how angry I am that our politicians and government officials have made young people around the world scared of me, an American citizen.  A person who loves and respects all people, regardless of color, race, religion, or who is ruling their country. A person who loves children and is broken hearted when children are abused, maltreated, or subjected to the terrors of war.

I believe all people are equal.  Just as our constitution says.  The U.S. Constitution.  The same country who now has children all over the world “scared” of Americans.  Maybe that is the most disgusting thing about all this.  Other than the deaths, don’t forget the deaths.

I really don’t care whether Obama and Michelle look good in photographs.  I don’t care what Michelle is wearing or whether Obama has a great smile.  I care about people.  I care about children.  This poor boy and the circumstances the U.S. has put him in breaks my heart.   I encourage you to watch this video.…

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    • Underdog on April 23, 2009 at 07:23

    I said the last diary I posted on dKos was my last, but this just got my goat.  So I posted and immediately, they didn’t get my drift.  I give up, but I’ll post it here just to see how whacked I am.  

    • geomoo on April 23, 2009 at 08:56

    It is so hard to come to terms with what has been done in our name.  It was tough enough when we did terrible things secretly and still protected our reputation.  It’s not easy being honest about the kind of country we live in.

    I saw The Road to Fallujah at a film festival.  Highly recommended–created by the only western film-maker to sneak into Fallujah while we were bombing the place.  I don’t know if it’s been officially released, but it is being screened around the country, complete with a peace and reconciliation q & a with Iraqi refugees via the internet.  If you’re interested, I diaried the whole deal a while back in an effort to publicize the film.  Ha, some kind of publicity.  Anyway, here are a some quotes from those refugees:

    I had to admit that tor 47 years I have been a fool thinking America is a good country.

    They liberated us with bombs on our houses.

    We have heard a lot of promises.  We need to see changes on the ground.  It is difficult for us to feel hope.

    When asked, “What can we do to help?”

    It seems clear that the U.S. has done enough already to “help” Iraq.  What more can you do?

    Rana reminded us several times that our previous administration is guilty of war crimes.

    When should we withdraw our troops?

    Two weeks would be soon enough. Will you leave the Iraqi oil for the Iraqis?  Will the corporations withdraw along with the military?

    The U.S. is not liked in the world.  This is more of a problem for you than for anyone else.

    • Edger on April 23, 2009 at 11:50

    For reference – all 4 of those videos are here at DD in Baghdad, City of Walls – Video Documentary

  1. Dot to connect #1

    Dot to connect #2

    Dot to connect #3

  2. And the story of that boy is but one out of how many thousandds more?

    Children — children who’ve never had a chance to be children — thanks to our great benevolence in liberating their country!

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