Member Rara Avis
The Iraquis are not afraid to publicly show their feelings and beliefs any longer, easily evidenced by the millions that turned out to vote.
Voting and protesting are hardly interchangeable activities, Mike. Especially when one might feel the Marine standing in the street with his M-16 wants you to do one and doesn't want you to do the other. I don't stop driving when I see a police car on the road with me. I do, however, often have to slow down.
They are protesting against what brought freedom for the Iraqui people. Oh, they will certainly be quick to claim that's no the case but, by inference, it can be no other way.
I think you're drawing inferences, Michael, that shouldn't be drawn. Those of us who condemned Jack Ruby, in 1963, for killing Lee Harvey Oswald didn't do it because we sympathized with Oswald or, even, necessarily believed Oswald should be allowed to live. We condemned Ruby not because we believed his solution was wrong, but because HE was wrong.
I honestly don't know what the Iraqi people feel.
A good few years ago, when these forums were still new, I told a story about giving my nephew a computer for his fourteenth birthday, with the stipulation he had to help build and configure it. Joey spent a week sleeping on my couch while he learned about all the various hardware components and, together, we installed Windows 3.1 onto his newly constructed machine. After twenty years in California and just returning to Michigan, it was a good way to get to better know my sister's kid.
Last month, for ten short days, Joe came home on leave after spending the greater part of two years in Iraq. His MOS is in transport, so he's pretty much seen the width and breadth of Iraq, traveling with the convoys who depend on him to help keep the wheels turning. Joe and I talked a lot while he was home, in part, I think, because no one else in the immediate family has shared his military experience. Though our wars were separated by more than three and half decades, I guess I could understand some things that his mother and father could not.
I came away from our conversations with no greater understanding of most things than I had before we talked. Joe's stories were often as contradictory as is human nature, and I could only conclude the Iraqis are as divided and polarized as is the rest of the world. There are no easy answers, no quantifiable deductions, no black and white conclusions. There are only people, much like any other people, seeing a world inevitably tinted by their own unique perspective.