...try to picture the scene; dozens of passenger SUV's (GMC trucks mostly) and buses parking in he middle of nowhere in a zone that was until recently the heart of al-Qaeda's Islamic state! Obviously the drivers and families feel safe enough that they know they won't be robbed and slaughtered by cold-blooded terrorists. Even more interesting, this parking and resting zone was not designated nor protected by the Iraqi or American forces but simply an arrangement the drivers managed on their own perhaps with cooperation from the local tribes.Ah, yes! The classic elements of a great ITM story: a narrator passing on word of mouth from another likeable character. By pure chance, it just happens to tie in nicely with the latest neocon talking points. All the good news from Iraq your stomach can hold down!
I still laugh every time I think of this incredible change and I honestly wouldn't have believed it if the story teller wasn't my father.
And get this for a bonus: remember all that talk about 4.5 million Iraqi refugees? Well, turns out it was just the holiday season!
...a good percentage of Iraqis who flooded Syria in the beginning of the summer season were just trying to escape the summer heat and enjoy a simple vacation, like my family did.Now we just sit back and wait for Bush to quote Omar Fadhil in one of his speeches, or the WSJ to run this as an Op-Ed...
Actually, it kinda bothers me that they don't even try a little bit harder. You know, this same tired trick has been played over and over again at ITM. But the punters keep hanging on, so... whatcha gonna do, eh?
Rake in the money, boys. You will be burning in Hell for a long time.
CODA: I know there are a lot of Ali Fadhils in Iraq, but I can't help wondering if a 2-year Fulbright scholarship in the USA (as contracted by the Department of State) might not have bought silence from one of them?
Fadhil, who is finishing a master's degree in journalism at New York University this fall, said he understood his friend's dilemma. Fadhil's father is a Sunni Muslim, his mother, a Shiite. His family still lives in Baghdad, and Fadhil, a married father of two, felt compelled to return to Iraq.Hmmn.
This summer, Fadhil is filming an HBO documentary about Baghdad's Yarmouk Hospital and another for ESPN about corruption in government-sponsored sports. His wife and children have been granted asylum in the United States, but Fadhil plans to return to Baghdad this winter.