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April 22, 2008

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dwg

It's absolutely NOT true.

I care. Many many many of us care. I care DEEPLY. Passionately even. I care so much I petitioned my minister to share the pulpit with me last November 11th so I could address it. She agreed.

You can listen to the podcast here by going to iTunes, search for "Arlington St. Church" and go to the podcast from 11/11/07 entitled "11th Hour."

FYI: Arlington St. Church has a long history of social justice from supporting the Abolition movement of the 1860's to the publishing of the Pentagon Papers in the 1960's.

At the end of my "sermon"(the podcast ends just before this) I asked for an "altar call" - all those willing to "bear witness" to their opposition to the war - virtually every single person in the sanctuary (>200) leapt to their feet and crowded the aisle to get their button that reads: "Another Unitarian Universalist Against THIS War."

Not against ALL wars, just the dumb, illegal, pointless ones.

billjpa

OK- good to see you posting again. Swa you on Bill Moyers. Absolutely terrific. Honest, a simply honest commentary. Bravo Ms F.
Be careful with the embed situation. Never forget that it is a manipulative situation. Stay true to your beliefs and stay safe.

Jim Bratton

Ms. Fadel:

I saw you on "Bill Moyer's Journal". I am taking this opportunity to thank you for your thoughts and commentary. It is great to know there are people such as you outside the Green Zone that can report to us what is going on. It is also great to know that you know so much about the Iraqi people. We do not get much of the Iraqi view point here, even though they are taking the brunt of our misadventures.

Thanks again for all you do. Please stay safe.

Jim Bratton

waters24

by chance saw your interview on the moyer's journal and was very impressed with your insights and the incredible footage- thank you for your insights - I wish more people would hear what you and others on the ground have to say. Stay safe

Ron Paul

Hi Leila,
Please continue to spread the truth about this illegal and immoral occupation of a sovereign country. We had no business going there in the first place.

Once Saddam started selling oil with a price based on the Euro instead of the US Dollar we knew there was no stopping the military/industrial complex from using our sons and daughters as enforcers and cannon fodder.

Please let everyone know we want them all home today! I'm gaining thousands of new supporters and converts each and every day. Sure hope you'll come visit with me while you're home next time!

Sincerely,
Ron Paul
www.ronpaul2008.com

patrick

I just want to let Lt. Bowen know that there are plenty of Americans that care about the soldiers in Iraq. I try to read as many articles and blogs as I can to inform myself. Believe me, trying to figure out the difference between Jam/Mahdi, ISCRI/Badr, Sons of Iraq/Awakening movement, have illustrated for me the difficulty of the job you are doing, plus getting shot at and blown up.

The disloyalty and corruption of our so-called allies in the Iraqi Army and Police is a story that the media should focus on. The Maliki govt is not our friend and the new Awakening guys are not our friends either. And it will be difficult to be friends with the Kurds once the issue of Kirkuk comes around this Fall, as the Turks and Arabs all wish to control it.

I pray for you guys and wish you success, all the while knowing that the war was a mistake from the jump. Iraq was contained and did not attack or threaten the USA nor did it have the weapons to do so.

It was a foolish war pushed by Israli-firsters like Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, and Abrams that has only empowered Iran and Al Qaeda ... and military industrial outfits/oil companies.

Stay safe.

IceNine

I also saw the Moyers interview. I thought you were terrific: an authentic person doing her best to fairly describe the situation in Iraq and the difficulty of practicing journalism there. I was particularly struck by your matter-of-fact humility and--especially--by your generosity in bringing attention to the courage shown by Iraqi staff members of the Bureau. Please let them know that their bravery and their journalism is deeply appreciated. Millions of people depend on McClatchy for accurate news about Iraq--I always go here first--and the Bureau depends on the skill and talent of its Iraqi journalists. They are truly heroic.

And let me echo the sentiments of other commenters about the soldiers. I care about them DEEPLY. I was one of the first wave of enlistees in the volunteer army. I have never been in combat, but bunked in barracks during the Cold War, and put in more field time than any other soldier in my unit.

And I have some professional understanding of the military complexities they face: I was a military intelligence analyst (MOS 96B) with a TSSI clearance. (And I was, dare I say, a damn good one. Honor Graduate of my class. And they gave me some medals for my work against the Soviets.)

I was against the war in Iraq from the very start. But I think about the ground-pounders almost every day--loaded with gear in the heat, in the alleys, in the Humvees, in snatches of downtime. And because I care about them, I want to get them out of the crossfires of an impossible and untenable strategic situation.

Carol Thompson

Hi Leila. I also saw you on Bill Moyers and shared it with many others. Your honesty, objective reporting and truth telling is VERY refreshing and unusual these days. Please continue spreading the truth about this terrible and unnecessary war. Keep safe.

Chris Baker

Great interview Leila. In general I find a lot more in common between average Americans and average Iraqi's than many Iraqi's might believe, however I don't understand the popular support among Shiite for Muqtada al Sadr. I'm optimistic on Iraq as long as Iraqi politicians keep US and other big international corporations away from their natural resources. There is a very large risk that Iraqi politicians, including the Prime Minister, will become corrupted by these large international corporations - just the way so many US politicians have been corrupted. The Kurds may be beyond hope in that regard.

Chris Baker

Great interview Leila. In general I find a lot more in common between average Americans and average Iraqi's than many Iraqi's might believe, however I don't understand the popular support for Muqtada al Sadr. I'm very optimistic on Iraq as long as Iraqi politicians keep US and other big international corporations away from their natural resources. There is a very large risk that Iraqi politicians, including the Prime Minister, will become corrupted by these large international corporations - just the way so many US politicians have been corrupted. The Kurds may be beyond hope in that regard.

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