CLICK TO READ: Movies and Dreams, by Riverbend, Baghdad Burning:
RIVERBEND: "Congratulations Americans- not only are the hardliner Iranian clerics running the show in Iran- they are also running the show in Iraq. This shift of power should have been obvious to the world when My-Loyalty-to-the-Highest-Bidder-Chalabi sold his allegiance to Iran last year. American and British sons and daughters and husbands and wives are dying so that this coming December, Iraqis can go out and vote for Iran influenced clerics to knock us back a good four hundred years.
What happened to the dream of a democratic Iraq?"
THE UNKNOWN CANDIDATE: My daughter (another clue to my identity--hope you are keeping track) gave me the book "Baghdad Burning" for my birthday. I can't thank her enough for that.
If you haven't read "Baghdad Burning" by Riverbend, a young Iraqi woman living in Baghdad -- go immediately to your nearest bookstore and purchase a copy and do not stop until you have read it cover to cover and then come back to the Riverbend Blog at the link above and read all of the entries since the book was published. It's fascinating reading, to say the least.
If you're interested in hearing a first hand perspective on how our wonderful war policies are affecting Iraqi citizens--this is the place to find it. Oh, and be sure to buy extra copies as gifts for any pro-Bushies, neo-cons, or war hawks you may know--they need to read it more than we do. It'll make a great holiday gift.