Tuesday, March 28, 2006

All quiet on the western front

During highschool I read a book called "All Quiet on the Western Front" about a german soldier in World War One. I found it to be very interesting because it told the story from the "enemy's" side and I realized that we're pretty much all the same. They had the same problems and worries that the allies had and I really liked getting to see the war from that perspective. Considering the winners write the history books it is hard to find out what happens on the other side of no mans land.

We have a similar problem with the current war in Iraq where we have to try to dig through the propaganda to find out what is really going on. Being in Canada we are sorta neutral in the Iraq war but most of the news we get comes though nations in the war and I don't think we get the whole story sometimes. Now I could go to aljazeera and hope that it is not biased in the other direction but I'd still be missing something. I think I found that something today, I stumbled across a blog called Baghdad Burning. It is the story of a woman in Baghdad and all the things that happen to her and her family. Sometimes it is nice to get a reminder of how many things we take for granted. They have 1 hour of power for every 6 without, they don't have phone service and most other services are hit and miss. There is a really troubling post about the Iraqi security forces doing raids on civilians houses and stealing from people. How strange it must be to not be able to trust any government, yours or the Americans, or anyone except for your family.
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