Spas (Thank You)
Without the selfless sacrifice that the American people made despite international pressure to not liberate Iraq, we would not have the opportunity to even write on this blog. Without the liberation there is no way we would ever be able to tell you about the terrorism ties Saddam and his regime so truly enjoyed, without the liberation there would have been no way to tell you how much we yearn to be like you, without the liberation there would have been no way to tell you how much we love you.
I was recently at a cafe in Baghdad with a small group of close Kurdish friends and relatives. We were eating kabob and sharing a hookah when we heard a single explosion several blocks away. We jumped up and started moving towards where it came from and we knew we were headed in the right direction because I saw one of the 'ABC' station reporters heading in the opposite direction. My cousin went up to the man and grabbed him and said, "Where the hell do you think you are going, you want a story? Well you found one, go and film what you all want to write about."
So the reporter started following us over as he really didn't know what to do after this 6' 3" Iraqi just grabbed him and practically dragged him with us. We arrived to find a small group of Iraqis trying to help these two wounded U.S. soldiers who were injured from an apparent IED. The other soldiers weren't quite sure what to do when they saw these Iraqis calling for the police to come over and when they saw this older women in all black ripping a piece of her clothing and soaking it with water that she was carrying to try in comfort this soldier. Two medics came over and took over from there and then one of their commanding officers I guess drew a perimiter and told everyone to leave the area.
The immediate buzz amongst the people was, "I hope the soldiers are alright" and "God willing the perpetrators will be ravaged in the hell fire." I looked over to the reporter and saw what appeared like he just saw a ghost, as I guess he had never seen injured people after a bomb. I told him, "Now turn your camera on since you didn't at the site of the attack and report from Iraq. We are Iraq, now report!"
As soon as he turned his camera on a small group gathered around his camera screaming in Arabic, "That was not us! Death to the terrorists! God bless America!" I attempted to translate as much as I could to the camera in english as the group was chanting this in Arabic, but to no avail I said none of this in the reporting later that night from Iraq.
This is what Iraqis are trying to tell the world, this is what Iraqis what Americans to hear. This message of thanks and blessings is something the mainstream media has neglected to report. Even though these words are being disseminated all throughout Iraq, it just isn't reaching the American public. As an Iraqi I feel a solemn duty and want to express my feelings which I share with the rest of Iraq. I can never thank America enough and I pray every day that you will always be our best friend as you have shown what true compassion and friendship is.