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on February 10, 2015
What a dreadful book
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on February 4, 2008
I have been to Iraq (recently)and e-mail daily with many Iraqis. This blog was NOT written by a genuine Iraqi girl. My suspicion is that it was written by someone from the US who is/was over there. There is a cadence in the writing of Arabs writing English that this blog totally lacks. Her opinion are those of what an American (probably living in the Green Zone) thinks Iraqi girls should write. I have never heard any young Iraqi woman (and I know several) who know so little about Iraqi history, Arab culture, Islam etc. Her vocabulary choices are completely wrong for a non-native speaker. I do humanitarian work in Iraq and I agree with many of her sentiments (I hate Bush, the war etc), but I still think this is not what it claims to be. Sadly, people seem to want it to be real, instead of listening to actual Iraqi girls/ women who have more interesting things to say.
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on September 22, 2006
I picked this book up from the "new" bookshelf at the library, expecting to have a great read about the war from the viewpoint of an Iraqi woman, but the more I read it, the more I became convinced that it is a total fabrication, that no woman in Iraq had anything to do with the writing of this book. It totally lacked the "ring of truth" to it. The writing was very American and seemed out of touch with Iraqi or Islamic culture and way of thinking. I have had Iraqi friends since college, and their viewpoint and way of expressing themselves is distinctive, unique to their culture and gepgraphy. But Baghdad Burning seemed totally North American in comparison to the Iraqi way I have come to know and love. It also doesn't seem like a very convincing female viewpoint. There is a glaring lack of authentic femaleness about it. I smell another "Diary of Hitler" and I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out an American wrote this book.
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on August 10, 2005
In the 19th Century, novels were thought to corrupt young women; in the 21st Century, far-left thinkers and bloggers seem to corrupt them very efficiently, as this blog collection suggests. This Baghdad (or Brooklyn?) lassie has picked up a little more knowledge as she's gone along during the last few years, but her schooling apparently lacked any courses in the history and politics of her country and region: mainly she writes off the top of her head about daily events such as waiting in lines for fuel; not having water; and, most succulently of all, raving against the speeches of George W. Bush as she and her cousins loll around watching them on TV. Clearly, her upbringing was protected, as she has no complaints about her society before the dastardly Dubya ruined it. One gathers she knew nothing and cared less. Along with the war came the likes of Juan Cole, the rabid, fanatical history prof at the University of Michigan, and his ilk. Thus was the her young mind shaped. Thus was this girl prevented from thinking constructively, or--dare I say it?--from perhaps taking some part in the shaping of her country's future.

In her on-line blog of July 1st, she complains about the Iraqis dying in Iraq today, but seems not to know of the hundreds of thousands killed and buried in mass graves during Saddam's regime-which she defends for its clean streets and running water. She seems to be unaware that the carnage is perpetrated by Iraqi and other Muslim fanatics, not by the United States which, with its own and Iraqi soldiers, is striving to quell it.

Everyone with any humanity recognizes and grieves over the present carnage in Iraq. Anyone with a brain knows the war against terrorists in Iraq has disrupted and brought hardship into the lives of many.

And no one blames this young blogger for being young and having led a protected life. Nor is she culpable for ignorance of her country's history, or of the dimensions of the present reality. She's not even to blame for the effects of her fanatic U.S. "intellectual" mentors, who have molded her to their own advantage.

Her blog and this book are what they are: received opinions and failures to analyse them, and the ordinary complaints of an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. I found another reader's comparison of this author to Ann Frank very offensive: Anne was an extraordinary child in an extraordinary situation. Her book was full of her very soul. There is a museum for Ann Frank. For the author of this shallow rant, there are opportunistic book deals.
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on December 3, 2005
Riverbend and her Sunni family are from a previleged class in Baghdad. She now laments for her family's lost power and fortune. Riverbend anquishes over the sporatic supply of water when it is her own Sunni compatriots that blow up the water supplies. She complains that the electricity is only availabe a few hours a day. It is her friends that repeatedly blow up the transmission lines. She also complains of the "uniformed" people that recently assassinated a Sunni cleric and his two sons. She neglects to mention that the assassins are also Sunni, wearing uniforms taken from murdered police. The cleric was killed for cooperating with the coaltion forces (she calls the Americans the occupation).

Riverbend would have been shot if she had opposed Saddam's regime. In this new government, she is allowed to say what she wants. This is called biting the hand that feeds you.

It is time for Riverbend to grow up.
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