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Iraq has not fallen

Truth About Iraqis

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March 28, 2006

It is a rarity these days to see good news coming out of Iraq.

Sure, I am not talking about the planted US military version of events or the bloggers on "assignment in Iraq" embedded with some military unit.

Nor am I talking about the so-called valor and bravery of the Iraqi Army as it storms the hideouts of "insurgents" and scores kills against women and children.

No, I am indeed talking about the voice of one woman, who has in nearly three years saved the writing of history from those who seek to enslave it, refashion it to their own whims and manipulate it for generations to come.

Today, purported victors may attempt to write history, but the internet has made that impossible. Call it a matter of your own best invention turning its guns on you.

I would ask readers of my blog and wherever else this short treatise may appear not to take Riverbend's nomination as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel Johnson literary prize lightly.

It is an achievement that speaks volumes to the tenacity, no, the very indomitable spirit of the Iraqi people.

A people who while under a senseless and merciless occupation and facing the break-up of their country continue to press on. Ever forward, ever defying the odds, ever thinking, innovating, producing and accomplishing.

It is a pity that Riverbend's achievements will get no airplay or broadcast time in her own country, a testament to the terrible reppressive forces which have swept Iraq.

Consider that this is a woman who has been forced to quit her job because conditions in her country took a detour to the worst becoming so few women could venture outside their homes. And those who did resorted to the head covering - hijab - in case they weren't already covered.

Consider that English - the language in which she writes - is not her native tongue, and yet she is nominated for a prize in English Literature.

Consider also that she shares the nomination with 18 others of mostly Anglo-Saxon descent.

Consider she is the only Arab, the only Iraq, the only Muslim on this year's list.

Consider these things as you read her blog, the stories of what she must endure, what her people must endure, of what the whole nation has had to endure.

Consider these things when you read of the night her home was raided and the fears which are impounded in every word she writes.

Riverbend's testimony to history is no less significant than the Diary of Anne Frank, for it reveals the human component that is so readily snuffed out by warfare.

It reveals the beating heart of life where war seeks none.

It does not matter if it is Riverbend's name that is sounded in June when the winner is announced. She has already won, and we Iraqis have won right alongside her.

There are those who have sought to discredit her. Those that have doubted her existence, those that have shunned her because they were paid to.

But she - and us - has emerged the victor. This was not the first time she was nominated for a prize, nor, I am sure, will it be the last.

It is a small victory if one considers the overall defeat of the human experience during warfare.

The Times of London had this headline in describing her: Literary honor for Baghdad blogger.

Honor indeed.

Iraqis, stand proud.

Be sure to check the right-column for updated pictures, links, quotes and Iraqi Truisms


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