Wednesday, December 08, 2004

On The Support Of Iraqis Updated

As my blog read-list has grown, I find that there are some blogs I don't make it to on a daily basis, regardless of my intent. I have been a reader of 2 of the Iraqi blogs since nearly their inception, one is Healing Iraq and the other is Iraq the Model. In reading the latter's latest post, I was a bit concerned, frankly, about something he wrote:

::::::::Speacking of the sides of the blogosphere, I wanted to say that I only knew about the left side of the blogosphere months after we started. I thought that the right side was the whole thing, as in the beginning I thought we were just posting our thoughts 'into the darkness' and get lots of visitors without having any idea were they come from except Iraqi blogs. Later we found about the major blogs such as Instapundit, Andrew Sullivan, Buzz Machine, LGF, Tim Blair, Roger Simon, Right Wing news…Etc and for long months I thought these were the only major bloggers! I didn't know because these were the sites linking to us and from were we get lots of visitors and when I used to go to their sites I would find a somewhat similar list. It turned out to be that the other side top bloggers rarely if ever mentioned us or other Iraqi blogs except for the very anti-American ones. I realized lately that the blogosphere was divided into two major parts with very few bridges.

When I started looking at the 'enemy' I found out that most of them were not that horrible! They disagree with us and our friends and supporters on the right side but they feel no shame in reporting good things that can actually show their points of view as being not valid. Then I looked back at our blog index after getting many remarks like "just look at to whom these guys link! Instapundit and Chief Wiggles!" and, "Can you believe an Arab Muslim would link to LGF?? With their extreme anti-Arab, anti-Muslim tone!" and I was thinking, "Why not!? What's wrong with that? They support Iraq in her struggle! And how can they be anti- Arab if they support us?!"

It was really confusing to me in the beginning that liberals would not support the change in Iraq (remember we were isolated so we didn't know much about that) even though they were against Bush, as it's over now and any humanist should (in my mind) support democracy and peace in Iraq. Besides, I've always considered myself a liberal! On the other side, I had a bad impression that many of the people on the right were fanatics and racist! How much did we learn in this year!

Anyway, I still consider myself a liberal (a conservative one) and I intend to add some of the moderate liberal blogs to our sidebar, but of course I would never change my mind about our friends and supporters, and I don't care what people label them as. I judge people by their stand.
Thanks a lot to all those who voted for us and I hope we can meet your expectations.
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I always knew left-wing blogs attacked those of us on the right. I didn't think their condemnation extended to the new Iraqi bloggers. That's a shame. Omar brings up a valid question, however, in wondering where the liberal support for their efforts is. I understand they don't like Bush - you can't help but get that message loud and clear - but it's done now and the Iraqis could really use our help. At the very least, they don't need the scorn. I feel bad for them for having to read that kind of sentiment, regardless of how inevitable it might have been, that's all.

Update: Man, no sooner than I post this do I go to check on another of my favorites, and find him talking about this very same thing, too. Arthur Chrenkoff, the Pole-turned-Aussie has some valuable insights.