Monthly Archives: April 2007

Iraq Blogger Leaves Baghdad

Riverbend, author of Baghdad Burning:

The Wall is the latest effort to further break Iraqi society apart. Promoting and supporting civil war isn’t enough, apparently- Iraqis have generally proven to be more tenacious and tolerant than their mullahs, ayatollahs, and Vichy leaders. It’s time for America to physically divide and conquer– like Berlin before the wall came down or Palestine today.

I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere. We didn’t know what our neighbors were- we didn’t care. No one asked about religion or sect. No one bothered with what was considered a trivial topic: are you Sunni or Shia? You only asked something like that if you were uncouth and backward. Our lives revolve around it now.

I always hear the Iraqi pro-war crowd interviewed on television from foreign capitals…. I hate that a handful of expats who haven’t been to the country in decades pretend to know more about it than people actually living there.

We don’t know if whatever we leave, including the house, will be available when and if we come back. There are moments when the injustice of having to leave your country, simply because an imbecile got it into his head to invade it, is overwhelming.

Idol Gives Back: Wasting a Phone Call

Can you imagine if after people voted on Idol last night if they were connected to the office of their reps in Congress to leave a voicemail to aid Africa or get NOLA moving? Not once did they mention any of the political implications of any of these problems either in Africa or the US. Widespread poverty and AIDS doesn’t ‘just happen.’

China Discovers 2.2 Billion Barrels of Oil

Now that’s leverage:

China became a net oil importer in the late 1990s and now is the world’s No. 2 consumer after the United States, and consumption last year rose another 9.3 percent to 2.4 billion barrels. Imports in 2006 surged by 16.9 percent and accounted for 47 percent of consumption, while domestic production edged up just 1.7 percent. China has some 16 billion barrels of proven reserves, according to British oil company BP PLC