Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Thank You Jeff

I have stopped blogging for the past period since I felt that nobody visits my blog. What happened in the last month encouraged me to write again. A new American pen pal incited me to do so, though my phone line is out of order since last week. Thank you Jeff.

What jumps to my mind now is recalling a memory about what happened during the war:
Sometimes the bombardment becomes so close to our home that some window glasses break. It happened in our neighbor houses. My concern turns to keep the members of my family calm.
I have two nieces, 5 and 6 years old, whom I pay much attention. And to divert their attention away from the thundering bomb sounds, I start to create silly songs and games. On the other hand it helps me to discharge some of the tension I feel.Together, we start to sing and shout loud in a funny way. Sometimes it's just like an earthquake, you feel the floor shaking and after a little while you hear the sound of the explosion. It causes the windows to shake violently, which adds more fear. We gained experience in being aware that a very high sound is going to be heard, for example by a sudden shake of the curtains, or a very flashy light at darkness. Getting ready to hear the explosion is much better, at least to avoid heart attack.

97 Comments:

Blogger Fayrouz said...

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10:06 AM  
Blogger DagneyT said...

I'll be checking in too! Feel free to visit my blog to see who I am. I found yours at Iraq The Model. You'll be getting more and more visitors, so keep blogging!

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an American nervously waiting for our own election, I can only be thrilled for others in the world who get to experience for the first time the thrill of having a say in their own futures. Democracy is a snowball rolling down the mountain side. It can't be stopped and some danger is in store for those who get in the way. Keep up your writing and the readers will find you. Every voice out of Iraq is eagerly anticipated by the whole world watching you.
Best of luck to you and your country.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please continue posting...especially if you want American assistance in restoring your country. We have been villified by so many inside and outside of our country. We, here in America, need some encouragement too. It is difficult having our sons and daughters halfway around the world risking their lives. It is more difficult when here at home and abroad we are accused of being occupiers. When people say our efforts and sacrifices are for nothing and this is the only viewpoint expressed in the media, it bites deeply.

Our sincerest intention is to help Iraq and any other nation suffering under tyranny and oppression to be free. Not free as the terrorists want...freedom for a few to brutalize the many in the name of the Koran...but freedom where each man, woman and child is free to command their own destiny within a stable governmental framework designed to foster and maintain mutual personal integrity, respect and cooperation. This is not an easy ideal to achieve, but working in that direction alone will liberate most people.

Those who say we are trying to impose western politics on the Mideast are wrong. The first social democracy in recorded history was in ancient Sumeria...where you now stand. We are only trying to restore to the Mideast its own historic legacy from which we have benefitted mightily these past few centuries.

Warmest regards,
gail

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Came here from Iraqthemodel blogspot. Every voice is essential to liberty. The enemies of liberty shall not prevail. We stand with you. Keep on blogging.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Good morning Ibn Al-Rafidain. I just found out about your site at Iraq the Model. Iraq the Model gets a huge number of visitors every day, so I think many more people will come for a visit here.

I never knew what the word Rafidain meant, but now I do. I have connections to Iraq through my former husband. His father used to work in the Rafidain Bank and he once gave our son a piggy bank in the shape of the downtown Baghdad Rafidain Bank. I don't know if that building is still there. My son is now 27 years old, so it's been many years since he got that little Rafidain bank.

I'm glad you are still blogging. Another way you can increase the number of people who visit your site is to participate in the comments of the existing bloggers. There are many good ones that get lots of hits, but the two biggest ones (that I visit, in any case) are Hammorabi and, as I mentioned Iraq the Model. If you leave your website URL in the homepage spot, anyone who reads those comments will know how to reach yours.

I sure hope the bombs and explosions in your neighbourhood stop very soon. I passionately believe Iraqis deserve and can achieve democracy and when you do, your country will contribute great things to the world.

I'm a Canadian, by the way. If you ever read my comments that might help you make sense of them. (If they make sense.)

5:40 PM  
Blogger popeye123 said...

Get your family to a safe spot. to annihilate the terrorists some innocents will die but it is the only way. When the terrorists are defeated democracy and life will grow like a flower from seed. You and your family will prosper and live and succeed. Stay safe and keep us in touch.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Asher Abrams said...

Thank you for keeping this blog. I didn't know about it before, but I found it through Iraq The Model. I am sorry for the fear and suffering that you and your family have had to endure, both under saddam and during the war. I am sorry you still have to face the danger every day. All I can say is, stay strong and brave, and know that the American people are on your side. We will win this together. Please keep writing.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings Ibn_Alrafidain!

I just followed the link from Iraq The Model to find your blog. After reading your previous posts, I added your blog to my favorites list and I'll be coming back often. I'm looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts on current events, as well as past events and hopes for the future. The only reason you have lacked visitors is because people didn't know about your blog. What you've written so far is interesting and sounds very honest to me. I hope you will continue.

Shari - California USA

5:51 PM  
Blogger Jon Claerbout said...

I'm in California and read your blog. I put it on my daily reading list. I hope you keep posting. If you wonder who I am, you can google for me.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found you - please stay with it. I depend on five or six Iraqi sites to get my news on the subject. I like to read thoughtful people like you.
I hope you are able to convince many of your people to not view the US as occupiers. Many of our people have given their lives and many gifts to the Iraqis. If they want to avoid working with the US Iraq will slide back to where it was.

regards
c wilson
texas

6:11 PM  
Blogger Artoon said...

I found you through Iraqthemodel (which I use as my home page these days.) Don't lose hope. The Iraqi bloggers are whipping the pants off the likes of Dan Blather and cBS. You will soon find that you will attract a tremendous amount of attention and support. So sharpen your pencil and get to writing.

High Sierras, NoCal, USA

6:20 PM  
Blogger Debra Burlingame said...

I found you through IraqtheModel. I am an American who supports our troops and the Iraqi people. I consider the Iraqis a brave and noble people who deserve to live in peace and freedom. I was moved to tears listening to the words of Ayad Allawi when he addressed a joint session of Congress last month, praising the efforts of the co-alition forces and the courageous Iraqis who are fighting for countrol of their country. We are with you.

I lost my brother on September 11. He was the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon. He was a great guy who loved flying, who took his responsibilities very seriously, who would have fought with every last ounce of strength to save his passengers and crew. He had a great sense of humor. He loved music. He loved his family. If he could speak to me, he would say, "Debra, never lose faith in humanity." I haven't. I pray for you all. Keep blogging. Don't lose faith or hope. We're with you.

Debra Burlingame, in New York, USA

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep it coming, this American wants to hear your voice, something directly from Iraq, not filtered by the media.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want you to keep bloging. I hunger for direct news from Iraq. I know that what I read and hear here in the U.S. is NOT the real news.
I have great hope for you and your country.
Palouse

6:47 PM  
Blogger Mike O said...

Keep on blogging! If nothing else, it's as good for the blogger as the blogee :) Kind of like therapy. My 'therapy' is at http://datatroll.blogspot.com.

It is amazing that, during times of crises and fear, it is our attempt to calm the kids that help us adults so much. Hopefully, your country will complete it's difficult journey to freedom and democracy soon. And decades from now, you can tell wide-eyed grandkids of your experiences during this time, letting them know that freedom is *never* free.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debra,

Thank you for commenting here. Your faith is truly an inspiration. God Bless You!

Shari

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep blogging. Your perspective on what's happening in your country should be heard. I came here via a link from Iraq The Model, whom I read daily. You are now in my blogrolls. Keep posting!!!

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found you through Iraq the Model. Thank you for starting to write again as you said in your post. All I can say is Good Heavens - how frightening the bombing is. I am glad you found a way to help the little ones. I will continue to check your blog for news and your thoughts on life in Iraq. What I read in the Iraqi blogs is so valuable to me and I appreciate it. Many people in the US are praying for you and your country. We want you to be strong and safe and have a future of hope. From the City of Brotherly Love....Monica.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just let us know what is really happening in Iraq and I will read your stuff. As Bill would say...No Spin!!!Just the truth.

Democracy (sp) isn't easy but its well worth the pain and suffering.

Always remember that a Democracy is the majority protecting the rights of the minority........

7:15 PM  
Blogger Sami said...

Deer balik 3ala nafskik oo bil mowafaq inshallah,
i7na ka 3raqiya kulna wiyak and keep up the good work...nice to find your blog.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts.

I am happy that you get the time to spend with your nieces. The children are so special. It sounds like you keep them as safe and as happy as possible. You are a beautiful man for doing that. They will always remember the joy you give them each day you are with them.

Thank you again for sharing this.

7:20 PM  
Blogger stefania said...

Keep blogging !

I'm gonna add you to my Blog and tell my readers about you.

Keep blogging.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The American media publishes such a small amount of news and all the same. It is as if they are saving money by simply retreading last week's, last month's blah-blah. Much of it is negative toward the U.S. and negative as to how Iraqi's feel about the U.S. Never do they discuss the difficulties of building a democracy from the ground up.

Many of us Americans tend to be cynics toward our own government, especially the influence of Big Business. Observing Iraq's traumas of dealing with terrorist destruction has given me a newly found appreciation for the rights within our American constitution. Rights not frequently discussed such as the right to petition the government for redress, the right to peaceably assemble -- which rights have led to major and needed changes in American society -- not entirely peaceably but mostly so. Also, it has given me a keener appreciation for the power of the rule of law, democratic law that is, over the power of the gun and sword. To my way of thinking the only thing the Iraqi "resistance" is resisting is not being able to establish a different form of tyranny in Iraq. If they really want the U.S. military to leave, they should chill out. I guarantee you no one in this Country wants to make the sacrifices individual soldiers and families are now making and no one in this country wants to occupy Iraq.

Stay safe, and please keep blogging. It is a source of information we need as Americans. While I picked up your link from Iraq the Model's blog, you can also expand readership & comments by posting comments on HealingIraq's blog and perhaps he would put a link to yours, as perhaps would Hammorabi or Road of a Nation's blog.

FYI, I am a woman living in Detroit, Michigan -- not born here but from a family who moved frequently. I am an attorney. My children and grandchildren live in another state, where I visit. I tell them, as well as co-workers, about what I read on these blogs and give them the links.

7:25 PM  
Blogger gamenamed said...

Hi,

Please keep blogging. :) Your observations are extremely valuable. They help the world really understand the struggles of the Iraqi people.

Good luck and God bless.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I now subscribe to 8 Iraq blogs, including yours (as of a few moments ago). They give us an insight we don't get from the American press (well known to be slanted heavily to the conservative right).

The other blogs:

A family in BaghdadBack to IraqBaghdad burningHealing IraqIraq the futureIraq the modelNabil's blog

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More people than you think read blogs. Most however do not post. Keep writing. You have a talent.

8:26 PM  
Blogger EddieP said...

IBN_ALRAFIDIAN

Found you through IRAQ the MODEL. You should keep blogging. People will discover you and some will agree some won't. It is important for you to express your feelings and opinions.

Here in the USA we want freedom and a representative government for all of Iraq. That is what is in our best interest. To have a successful democratic state in the Middle East will help the entire world.

Best of luck and keep up the good work.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a silly person who likes correcting trivial errors, so here:

Thiking Loudly To Be Heard By The World

should be:

Thinking Loudly To Be Heard By The World

My apologies, I would have sent this as an email but did not find an email address.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also found your name via Iraq The Model. Would be interested in your comments about Mithal Al Alousi's recently announced “Iraqi Nation Democratic Party”. Given his controversial visit to Israel last month, would you be inclined to support him or his party? Why or why not?

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found you through Iraq the Model. As others have said, please keep blogging. It is important for us to get to know one another in a forum that is not biased like many of the media. There has been so much miscommunication between America and the Middle East.

Take care.

Lynnette in Minnesota

9:13 PM  
Blogger World Citizen said...

I also got your website from Iraq the Model, which I am sure started as you did. Keep up the good work. It is important that people all over the world be able to see and read something besides that which the American media presents. Believe me, there are many, many people around the world really pulling for you and your country men and women to succeed in esablishing a democratic government in your country. Keep up the good work. I will be visiting your site often.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IBN_ALRAFIDAIN,

I will add you to my "Favorites" and visit often. When this is all over and things have settled down, these blogs would make a great book. Imagine compiling all these observations and comments into a compelling view of Iraqi liberation. Think about it.

I wish you and your family safety. I am praying for all Iraqis.

Also, thanks to Debra for her encouragement and reminder of what Americans truly value.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Mikey said...

Good stuff. It's nice to hear a voice that's actually experiencing what everybody else is merely talking about. I look forward to hearing more.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

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10:22 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

Brian H said...

Yep, here's the specific Iraq the Model posting that has made you so suddenly well-known.

How about a couple of digital photos of the nieces? You will suddenly acquire hundreds of Western girlfriends, believe me! Heh.

In a way, Iraqis are like Boston Red Sox fans. A psychiatrist said that they're likely to be confused and disoriented and weird for some time, because they've had 4 generations of living under the Bambino's curse, and are used to thinking of themselves as victims and noble losers. Now that they've won, they don't know how to act.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Neo Uzuki said...

Hello,

I found your blog through my relentless searching through blogger to find someone with something interesting to talk about. Please keep posting. (In the future my comments will mean something, sorry I don't have something to talk about now other than to offer my condolence for the events where you live at the moment)

10:33 PM  
Blogger Jafari said...

"One Iraqi guest, Dr. Mohammed Jabar (I'm not sure of the name) raised a good question concerning those who keep on criticizing without introducing alternatives."

Hello al rafidain - good to be reading your blog. This is a very observing comment. Those who do not have solutions, and only offer criticism, are actually a part fo the problem IMO.

If you notice, those who are the loudest, and rouse the most rabble, are also the most devoid of any positive solution. In debates, the best way to counter this crowd, who do not mind to see Iraqis enslaved to despots and Islamists, and force them to think rationally, is to ask them what is their solution to the problem. Invariably, they end up one way or another supporting a peaceful and democratic solution, as they see that is the only available option.

It is interesting to see how idiotic some of these critiques look when asked to propose a positive program.

keep up the good work

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ibn El-Rafidain, Ibn El-Warda

Please keep posting and keep your thoughts coming. I need that becaue I am an Iraqi living in the United States and I need to hear my peoples opinions and thoughts and your daily actions and interactions. It helps me a great deal in understanding what you are going through especially I still have family in Baghdad. My prayers for your safety and the decent "shurafa" Iraqis. Good Luck

11:08 PM  
Blogger TonyP said...

I will be placing your site on my own. Not that I get allot of traffic, but some your way will be good.

Iraq needs to be vocal. Freedom depends on the freedom of ideas.

Iraqi people have many friends in the US. We pray for you and your people daily.

Please share with us your thoughts and ideas. As you experience freedom, we experience it with you.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One day you will have nothing but background music to go with your song. I look forward to that day with a desire impossible to explain.

Thank you for telling us of your daily life. We never see anything but burning cars in our news. Which makes many in the US feel that we have done nothing good in Iraq. On many blogs I have seen otherwise. But most US people do not see these sites.

Keep blogging, and keep up your hopes and dreams,
Sarah

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just to let you know that somebody in Argentina reads your blog...keep up the good work!

12:10 AM  
Blogger Sleepless in USA said...

Ibn_Alrafidain,

Keep on blogging! It is important for us to hear your voice and know of your experiences as we see little in the media. I am so sorry about the bombings and the fear. Please know you, your family, and all Iraqi's are in my prayers. I pray stability will come very soon. God Bless.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and honor your courage to speak your thoughts loudly. Continue blogging please! I am very interested to hear about your experiences and thoughts and opinions.

Best wishes to you,

Andrew

2:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too few American's know what Iraqi's really think. Your words give us the information that our media keeps from us. thank you.

3:01 AM  
Blogger darwin said...

Another reader come over from Iraq The Model.

Just want to chime in and say I'll be reading, and that many of us here in America want to know what life is like for actual Iraqis. Thank you for sharing.

=darwin

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also came in from Iraq the model and find your blog very interesting. Please keep blogging. Your struggles and aspirations are supported all over the world

3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am glad you are being encouraged to continue blogging. The main media in the U.S. is basically void of good news from Iraq so bloggers from Iraq are one way we can hear some. Of course, there is bad to be heard but hopefully it will not last long and Iraqis will soon rule their own destiny and enjoy freedom.
Thank you and be safe,
Rand

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a previous post
"Now, it is our turn to adjust our interests to conform with theirs, since the Americans are ready to react positively."
You should still stand up for your own interests. What would be helpful is if you define where your interests agree with the Americans' interests. Then work for those interests, while recognizing that other points of disagreement are acceptable and should not jeopardize the new relationship.


"I have stopped blogging for the past period since I felt that nobody visits my blog."
Well now you are going to have to write more!

Bobby - Virginia, USA

4:23 AM  
Blogger rachelle said...

I too found you thru "iraqthemodel".
I've been reading the "blogs" for a few months now...as with the others, I've got to get my news from somewhere else besides the MSM.
I've been spreading the word too about the "blogosphere" to many people I meet. It's interesting because so many people have never even heard the term "blogger".
I support you, Iraq, and your quest for freedom.
I know this is a battle between good and evil..and I am NOT a religious person. And I realize that this is going to take a long time...maybe a few generations...before we see the fruits of our labor and our sacrifice...if we all survive it.
I only feel anger, frustration, amazement at how so many in the world don't see the "bigger picture"!
I wonder every day that many people don't know what's right anymore...they don't have the courage to fight for anything!
But hopefully through these weblogs and with interaction with couragous people like you...we all can make a difference.
Keep writing!

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep on blogging. Many like me read and say
nothing. However your views and the courage to post
them it's admired and supported.

AC.

5:04 AM  
Blogger Chip Anderson said...

Hello Ibn Al Rafidain,

I find your story from the war interesting. Post what you think and get some of your relatives and friends to give us some information too.

I would like to see more news from you regarding current events. It could be such things as descriptions of your everyday life in the area you live to what you think about American politics from afar.


Chip

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on blogging. I am an American Christian. I am very keen to know what's going on in your county. I am saddened by all the carnage, yet hopeful too. I will add your blog to my list. I check up on the news from your country every day.

Stay safe! Take courage! Do what is right!

May God bless Iraq and America!

Dub in Texas

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep writing.

We need your perspective.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're all in desperate need of first hand accounts of the daily lived of iraqis. Please continue to blog!

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another voice to say, "Keep writing!"

6:15 AM  
Blogger Tessa Madden said...

Hearing about whats going on in the minds of Iraqi's is so very important and will benefit both Iraq and America. Please do continue to write.

I am adding your site to my list of Iraqi blogs and will also be checking in on a regular basis.

Deborah Mack
www.pajamajournal.com

6:18 AM  
Blogger publius said...

Continue your blog. Write about anything that comes to your mind: about yourself, your family, your work, your studies, readings, music you like everything. We know so little about people from that part of the world, especially Iraq. I will be reading you regularly. Also I posted your blog on my site: ivanyi-consultants.com.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Tennessee Phil said...

Please keep on blogging! I am one who seldom posts, but reads several Iraqi blogs on a regular basis.

Just a suggestion: Post the name of your blog in English as well as Arabic. "Son of the Two Rivers" is a great title and will help some people remember your site.

Keep up the good work and be true to your own beliefs.

7:03 AM  
Blogger RanRob said...

Every blog from Iraq gives us Americans hope for the future. We support you all and wish you all the success and happiness you all deserve.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome ibn_alrafidain. I also found you through Iraq The Model. Thank you for being our eyes and ears in Iraq, as we are starved for real news about what is going on. What coverage we get through the mainstream media is superficial and biased. Please tell us about daily life, what you think, and how you feel. Your voice is invaluable to us. I have been folllowing Iraqi blogs since before the war (Salam Pax) and feel very lucky to have this medium of communication. Please keep posting.

7:14 AM  
Blogger gormuu said...

We have a saying in America: Keep on truckin' !!!

I am sure you have something in Iraq that is similar. The only way we will get
to know how you feel is for you to write and share with us. I will read with interest, as I feel that relations between America and Iraq are EXTREMELY important. Once the goals of war are won, we must work together to create peace and friendship.

I have added your blog to my bookmarks. Keep up the good work!!! America supports you and your fellow Iraqis in peace!

8:07 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

found you through iraqthemodel. the more voices heard coming from iraq, the harder it will be for propaganda to be credible. I hope your country and countrymen will soon enjoy peaceful, sustained freedom. I'm sorry for the violence inherent in revolution. Future generations will be thankful for your current sacrifice.

8:30 AM  
Blogger kilngoddes said...

Hello,
Just a note of encouragement. Please hang in there...I just know a bright future will be the result from all this. I have dreamed it...
greetings from the US,
kilngoddes

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep posting, its always good to hear another voice and opinion from iraq

Dave - California

10:20 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

Keep truckin'…

1:11 PM  
Blogger MiKe said...

Control your fear and overcome its might,
With the power of your hope that holds eternally.
A new nation will rise and see the light,
That showers over her, making your people free.

MiKe

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that Iraq the Model has found you, many more will too.
In the words from Field of Dreams,
"If you build (blog) it, they will come" ;-)

SLC

4:48 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

I tried to open your profile to learn more about you but it wouldn't open. I, too, got your url from Iraq the Model. Keep blogging! Don't give up! We need your reporting and opinions. I will put your blog on my daily reading list.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Ferid said...

hello Ibn al rafidain, i just found your blog from iraq the model...

Keep bloging, and i've linked your blog to my mine Loser's blogam bloging from iraq same as you :)

7:15 PM  
Blogger Stewart said...

Also came from Iraqthemodel. I do agree, it will help English-only speakers if you also have the translated title up top. (It sounds very romantic in English.) But more important, stay safe & keep posting. Direct information from your country unfiltered by media is hard to come by and we appreciate all we can get. I have also bookmarked your site and will be stopping by often. Thanks for being here!

8:44 PM  
Blogger Pat in NC said...

IBN, Ali at iraqthemodel sent me too. So glad to find another Iraqi blog. I have met so many good Iraqi friends from the brothers and other adults to the teenagers. This is such a good way to learn about each other. Please visit my blog sometime and you will get a sense of my opinions. My wish for Iraq is that soon the troublemakers will be conquered and your elections will give the people the government they want. There is so much of beauty in your country and beauty in the people as well.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for returning to your blog. I've read through your excellent posts and look forward to your future posts. Our media here takes the view that Iraq is probably doomed. But the voices on Iraqi blogs, which are realistic but also hopeful and determined give us more reason to believe that Iraq's future is very bright.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Doug K. said...

The writing you are doing is important because the more voices the come out of Iraq that are not part of the mainstream media, the more the world will understand what it is that the regular Iraqi people think and feel. Iraqis should not limit their voice to elitist journalists, politicians, and religous leaders with hidden agendas.

I suggest you attach a "hit counter" to your blog page to see how many visits you are getting. You may find that many, many people visit but only few comment. This will be an encouragement to try harder and constantly improve your writing skills and refine your ideas.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Guillermo said...

Hi!! i'm writting you from Argentina.. I'm really sorry for what happened to your country... Sometimes I feel like our countries will never be left by the "Empire" They need our resources and they'll do whatever it takes to steal it... Today's your oil, tomorrow will be our water.. or whatever they want from us...
Hey, take care and keep posting... !!

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on blogging, like many I read but seldom post. But all blogs from Iraq are important to us; I am from the US myself.
The counter is a good idea to get an idea of those actually visiting you.
To Debra, my condolences and thank you for your thoughts.
Dave Glaspell
glaspelld@hawaii.rr.com

1:35 AM  
Blogger M. Majdic said...

Hi Ibn Al-Rafidain,

I'll echo everyone else, and encourage you to blog. The Iraqi bloggers are a crucial source of information. I'm in the US and I support democracy in Iraq!!!

3:09 AM  
Blogger Steve from Florida said...

Just got here via Iraq the Model, as I suspect many others have. I look foward to reading more of what you have to say. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep blogging! You're doing a great job and it's always good to hear new voices online from inside Iraq!

5:17 AM  
Blogger Joel Gaines said...

Keep posting and taking care of your family. You seem to be doing a great job at both.

We are listening to your words and keeping you in our thoughts.

JG

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IBN_Alrafidain,
I also found out about your blog from Omar on the Iraq the Model Blog.

That has got to be very hard, I mean what you guys are going through right now with the bombs and all.

I just have to say as an American, that my country is trying to help yours right now and it is very messy but soon your freedom will be the result of all these bombs and shelling etc.

Thanks for blogging. We in the USA depend on Iraqi bloggers like you to tell us what is happening in your country right now.

For what it's worth, I am praying for you and your countrymen and women. I know that alot of muslims feel that we christians are infidels but I tell you right now that we believe in an all-mighty God who doesn't discriminate whether we are muslims or christians or jews or whatever, he just loves us all and wants what's best for us.

Thanks again and I look forward to more of your insights here!!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Glad to see you've come back to blogging and I have added you to my favorites. Please take care and know that there are many people around the world who care about you and your countrymen and hope that better days for Iraq will come soon. We wish you well and want nothing more than for you to be free:)

8:25 AM  
Blogger D.V. said...

A great welcome to the blogosphere from Warsaw, Poland. Thank you for letting us know what you think of your world. Keep up the good work, keep posting and you will be heard.

may God bless Iraq as a whole, and you as a person.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please continue....news from traditional sources is woefully lacking in depth and honesty (and sad to say, that's in the USA). I can't get a real sense of how the Iraqi people feel about anything unless I can read journals like yours.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Ibn-- NOW you're in trouble....

EVERYBODY IS LOOKING AT YOU!

You better do something, quick!

Good Luck with your new found notoriety....

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Alrafidain,

Please keep blogging! It is important for Americans to see another side of Iraq versus our crazy media. And also, know that most Americans pray for the future of your great country and for your family (nieces included!). God speed and best wishes...Austin, Texas

10:43 PM  
Blogger Trinity Tim said...

You have a great blog. We are very interested in your thoughts as well as your comments on what is happening. Please keep up the great work. Americans and others are eager to hear from you.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Queen of the Land said...

I am so glad I was referred to your site from Iraq the Model, which was a reference from Healing Iraq, which was a reference from Lt. Smash! The blogosphere is so great! Keep up the great entries. I think it is so important to read the Iraqi perspective. Through knowlege, we gain understanding. Thank you!

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog on, and know that love and the power of all that is good (GOD) is with you.

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read Iraq the model everyday to see the positive things going on over there.I also realize it must be incredibly difficult for you and your family.My prayers are with you.stay as safe as possible.en-shalla

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from California. Just wanted to compliment you on your excellent blog and encourage you to keep sharing your thoughts. Tell it like you see it, always. God Bless the people of Iraq.

Sean

10:26 AM  
Blogger Midwest Jay said...

Dear Ibn Alrafidain,
America will stay til the job is done. What ever it takes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:15 AM  
Blogger Sean - Silicon Valley, CA said...

Another voice to say, "Keep on blogging".
If you can get yourself linked on a couple of the major Iraqi blog pages - I do a lot of my reading off the links on healingiraq.
-

5:57 AM  
Blogger liminal said...

More power to you my brother.
Lim.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep bloggin my friend. A reader from Ohio!

3:57 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Don't ever stop blogging - now that President Bush haas been re-elected, we need the world to see the truth from your eyes, and others like you who write on the Web. I have added a link to your blog on mine, and would like to add as many more of your bretheren as I can find. May you find democracy and freedom at the end of this tribulation.

6:29 AM  
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