Americans asking Iraqis questions

Leave your preconceptions at the door and check this out…

New York Times videoThe New York Times’ Eric Owles collected several questions from readers and spent a few days filming Iraqis answering those questions. Watch them here.

He plans on doing more of this, thank god. Even if the people here aren’t representative of the entire Iraqi population (not one woman appears in the video), I appreciate the beautiful simplicity of letting these people’s words stand on their own.

Owles asks for more questions for future pieces like this. I’d love to ask Iraqis who they’d vote for in our presidential election, but maybe we should spare trying to explain our primary/caucus process and just wait until September to ask them that.

5 thoughts on “Americans asking Iraqis questions

  1. jloveland says:

    The Iraqis seem every bit as ambivalent as Americans. Funny how much more impactful it is to see a human on video than it is to read a quote in print.

    I agree with the neocons telling us it will be a mess when we leave Iraq, and that concerns me. But will a pull-out will be much less of a mess in 2009 than 2019? As soon as Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and foreign extremists get a chance to fight with each other, fight they will.

    And if we stay another decade in Iraq, it will cost us thousands more lives and trillions more dollars that we need at home and in other parts of the war on terror. Our troops has given Iraq a shot at a fresh start, and now we should support our troops by bringing them home.

  2. Dennis Lang says:

    Thank you for this posting. So much of the coverage of this tragedy has remained abstract, statistical, anonymous. It’s impossible to remotely imagine how personal lives have been altered,often horrifically. Tens of thousands of lives. The Baghdad Bureau Blog is consistently insightful.Not long ago I had a chance to speak personally with a mother visiting her son in ICU at Walter Reed. He had lost both his legs. “No one understands what it’s like to be here,” the mother said. “Except those who are here.” Clearly accepting any glib and immediate extrication from Iraq is sadly misguided. And how do we justify a terrible mistake to those who have served and those going over, to say nothing of the countless Iraqi civilians with devastated lives?

  3. The Sage says:

    “I’d love to ask Iraqis who they’d vote for in our presidential election, but maybe we should spare trying to explain our primary/caucus process and just wait until September to ask them that.”

    We know who al Qaeda and Bin Laden would want us to vote for.

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