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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Do we need USA longer?

I witnessed the change in Iraq since the beginning and my opinion is not prediction of should or should not. It is merely the true that I concluded it from my work side by side with the coalition and Iraq government.
Yes, we need the U.S. for longer time or we shall fail. They helped us to start the change but the changes happen in steps and we just started in Iraq. Even if there are many complains about instability within these two years. Iraq community is so difficult and needs more than these years to re-communicate with each other without privilege of one ethnicity to the other.
For the new regime, I am seeing that there will be more corruption for at least four years. The new government with its almost new staff will lead to more corruption either because of their inexperience of running such huge institutes or they know that they will not stay in their positions for long period. It is not so dangerous if we build strong judicial and legal systems. We need the U.S. help to build these systems as independent partner to Iraqis not to the politicians who want to design the system according to their benefits.
Yes, we need America to protect our rights in this period and we need it in the future to insure that there will be no new Saddam in Iraq.
To be continuing…


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paige said...

I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your site and to ask you to contribute to this project I have started. You know what feeling helpless can do to a person. It makes you tongue tied and awkward and eager to walk away from things you can’t help or can’t do anything about.

That’s how I feel about the war in Iraq. It’s how a lot of people feel.

My friend says protesting seems as useless as voting, and that until 2008 we are putting our heads in the sand and trying to block it all out. In reality it’s an acquired ability to ignore the war. This is a weight on our shoulders, a burden we bear daily, silently. We read the headlines, we sigh, and we sip our coffee and try not to notice too much. Because we feel helpless--because we feel our hands are tied.

We walk away because we can. Well, not everyone gets that opportunity. Some of us don’t have that choice. That is the reason I made this map. A collaborative memorial to all the families, friends, mothers, sons, daughters, and loved ones of the soldiers still fighting and the civilians still suffering.

They live a day-to-day existence of war with which I have no experience. I gathered up these voices, photographs, and letters to add to this map in tribute to and in recognition of a war I know little about. A war with which many people are all too familiar.

I am asking you to add to the map. Together we can put faces to this war. Together we can remind everyone that it’s still going on. Add your tributes, add your videos, add your photographs of your families and your loved ones fighting abroad. Lets make a statement loud enough for people to stop turning their heads away.


To add to this map, follow these steps
1. Register for a free Platial account. You'll have to confirm your email by clicking on a link that will be sent to you. Then you can log in and add to the map.
2. Go to the "We're Still at War" map.
3. Click "Add a Place." You will first pinpoint your location. You don't have to be super precise. A city is close enough.
4. Once you have found your spot, click "next."
5. Here is where you add your contribution. You can insert video into the description. Give your entry a title. You can add pictures from your computer or from your website.
6. When you're finished, click "finish"

Now your Place is included in the map.

Thank you,