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In the desert wind, their voices call to us.

With all the danger they face, with the constant threat of murder, just for the “crime” of showing up, in defiance of terrorists who want to turn their home into a bloodbath, their land into a graveyard….the students of Iraq are reaching out to Virginia Tech.

Courage needs witnesses.

From the Oregon News

(AP) Students in Baghdad, where universities have been hard hit by violence, said Monday they were saddened by last week’s massacre at Virginia Tech and hung up a banner to express their solidarity with “our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge.”

Surrounded by bombings, in daily fear of their lives. Threatened and targeted for wanting a better life, the young lions of Iraq extend a hand to the grieving families of America.

“We want to let the whole world know that we do not support terrorism anywhere,” said Yassir Nazar, head of the student union at Baghdad Technology University, who organized the hanging of the banner near the campus gate.

Why do I get the feeling that you won’t have to for much longer? And I don’t have to ask if there are more like you at home, I know there are.

It reads, “We, the students of Technology University, denounce the attack at Virginia Tech. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims who faced a situation as bad as Iraq’s universities do. The sanctity of campuses must be protected around the world.”

“We have lost many friends and professors,” said Nazar. “But in spite of our wounds, we want to show our solidarity with the students of Virginia Tech who are our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge.”

Did you hear that? DID YOU???

THAT is the voice of freedom. THAT, is the youth of Iraq waiting in the wings,ready and willing to make a better future. Where death is a companion on the road in every waking moment..they reach out to their fellow students a world away…ignoring their own peril to, even in a small way, ease the suffering of people they may never know.

Courage needs witnesses.

In Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, scores of students have been killed and their campuses targeted by Iraqi insurgents who often regard universities as bastions of Western thought and political activities they oppose.

More than 200 university professors have been killed in the past few years, and thousands have fled the country to teach at universities abroad, said Basil al-Khateeb, spokesman for the Iraqi ministry of higher education.

On Feb. 25, a female suicide bomber triggered a ball bearing-packed charge, killing at least 41 people at a mostly Shiite college whose main gate was left littered with blood-soaked student notebooks and papers amid the bodies.

And yet they return.

On Jan. 16, two car bombs exploded as students from Mustansiriyah University lined up for rides home, killing at least 70 people and wounding at least 133.

Baghdad Technology University, which is an annex of Mustansiriyah University, can seem more like a war zone than a college campus, despite its sports fields, modern buildings and a small garden with wooden benches.

Concrete barriers block nearby streets to keep out suicide car bombers. Students from Iraq’s complex mix of Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and Christians walk peacefully across the campus, but the sound of ambulance and police sirens, military convoys driving past and U.S. helicopters flying overhead is nearly constant.

And yet they return.

“We denounce the shooting in Virginia Tech because it targeted students of knowledge,” said Hassan Abdul-Karim, a junior engineering major who said he has lost two friends to deadly insurgent attacks in his neighborhood of Baghdad. “Al-Qaida in Iraq does the same thing here in an effort to make ignorance prevail so its ideology can win.”

They get it. They know what is at stake. They know who the enemy is

Reid, Pelosi , if you had one ounce of integrity, one shred of humility, you would get down on your knees and BEG HIS FORGIVENESS for your craven cowardice and treachery.

THERE is the true Iraq, in that ONE man, that tower of courage, lies all the truth you will ever know or will ever need., “Madam Speaker”…in his eyes you will see everything you are not and never will be..so go ahead.

Ask him.Go on.

He does not think the war is lost

He does not know the meaning ot the word surrender.

He is the shining future of Iraq, he and thousands more like him..the same hardy souls you would walk away from, would abandon to the atrocities of Iran-backed terrorism.

Zahra Hussein, a fourth-year engineering student, said she was shocked by the Virginia Tech killings in a country that is so much more peaceful and secure than Iraq. “For us, such attacks have become normal, even when they target students,” she said.

Mohammed Akram, a third-year chemical engineering student, said Iraq has seen many examples of recluses who have become suicide attackers. “But we are determined to complete our studies and do all we can for our country,” he said, as several friends standing around him on the campus nodded their heads in agreement.

Virginia Tech hears you.

Their families hear you.

We hear you.

Iraq hears you.

One day, I pray to God, the world will hear you.

Courage needs witnesses.

23 Responses to “Bloodied but unbowed, the young of Iraq are with us”
  1. Unregistered Pingback by Inoperable Terran » Actual courage

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    […] a great story out of Iraq. Posted by Ian S. […]

  2. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    These people are more courageous than I, I’ll say that. I’d have given up on that entire culture months and months ago. Nice to see an actual living, breathing reason to continue trying to bring that country out of the stone ages.
    I wish them the best. Maybe when President Milquetoast takes the gloves off on insurgents we’ll feel a bit more hope for these people.

  3. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    Also: I think the Iraqi people, as well as the rest of the world - underestimate the magnitude to which our resolve can rise if we see any light at all at the end of the tunnel - even just a few voices of praise, solidarity, hope. If enough Iraqi people reach out in a positive way to the rest of the world despite the doomsday, anti-bush media, maybe we can get a little more help from our ‘allies’?

  4. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    How odd that here in the U.S. it’s the Universities that are working to tear down what is good in our country, and that in Iraq, it is the Universities and it’s students that are working to pull their country together.

  5. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    These students have such resolve-I hope everyone hears them and tries to help them when they can. Go forth and learn. :clap_tb: :thumbup_tb:

  6. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Here in the U.S. our colleges are indoctrinating teaching our kids that it is good to be a victim. In Iraq, being a victim is something they are not willing to allow themselves to be. Talk about worlds apart. I would hope our kids will see the difference. IF their Librul Professors will shut up long enough.

  7. Sir Christopher Comment by Sir Christopher

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    some days i wish we could force Nancy and Harry to read your comments, Misha.

  8. LCBrendan Comment by LCBrendan

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    Er…Chris…check the byline :doh_tb:

  9. Sir Christopher Comment by Sir Christopher

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    (doh) slaps forehead…pardon, Brendan. you rock.

  10. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    And that’s what they teach in their schools, while in ours we teach self-loathing, hatred of state and capitulation……

    I think that courage is what we need to bring back into our “centres of learning”? A shame that’s damned unlikely.

  11. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    G-d bless and hold close to His heart that young man. That took courage to do that.

    I thought y’all might enjoy this.

    A Marine has a message for that “Douche Reid”.

  12. ohio right wing nut Comment by ohio right wing nut

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    Brit
    Sadly I dont ever see that changing either, Funny story though I know 2 recent college grads about the same age, 1 (the one that is related to me ) went to major university, grew up in a union libtard family the other grew up in a farming family, both went to school for the same thing , teaching , The libtard still lives at home and bitches cause he cant find a job, the other couldn’t find a job either . Know what she did ? Moved to North Carolina and was offered 5 different teaching jobs. It’s all about how you were raised.

  13. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    F*ckin’ BRAVO, Brendan!

    These people are more courageous than I, I’ll say that. I’d have given up on that entire culture months and months ago. Nice to see an actual living, breathing reason to continue trying to bring that country out of the stone ages.

    And that, dear ACLPoo, is exactly why the MSM aren’t exactly thrilled about reporting news such as these.

    They have invested everything, including the torn shreds of what used to be their credibility, in bringing about a defeat in Iraq so that their Democrat masters may ride the crimson flood of the blood of their victims into the White House.

    Telling stories like these, stories that happen every day in Iraq (ask a soldier if you don’t believe me), might just give the American people the dangerous idea that freedom is worth fighting for, and we can’t have that, now can we?

    But we can’t question their patriotism, y’hear?

  14. ohio right wing nut Comment by ohio right wing nut

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    good for this kid and others like him for standing up and wanting more than just his 72 virgins

  15. LCBrendan Comment by LCBrendan

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    Thanks, Sire. This one begged to be told.

  16. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    Moved to North Carolina and was offered 5 different teaching jobs. It’s all about how you were raised.

    Yeah, NC is a good place to start a teaching career, especially the poorer counties like Franklin Country (where my wife teaches). She joined via lateral entry as an English major, got her teaching ticket online and passed the Praxis with an almost perfect score the first time. She’s been teaching seven years and makes me damn proud each and every day.

    I’m glad to know there’s more conservative teachers coming into the region, we need to take back our schools from the Left.

  17. Zucca Fett Comment by Zucca Fett

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    THAT right there is everything humanity should be. Everything we’re capable of.

    I don’t care what the pinko, commie liberals have to say. Humanity is an incredible race.

    As you said Misha, even while bombs are falling around them and their fellow man seeks to destroy them, they extend condolences for something that happened so very far away from them.

    THAT is the kind of person I would sooner have watching my back then any hot-air filled dhimmicrat.

    I pray that the world not only hears them, but *listens* for a change.

  18. juandos Comment by juandos

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    The infamous and ever sharp Canuckian ACLPoo says:

    These people are more courageous than I, I’ll say that

    Amen!

    Lady Heather I did get a face full of Cpl Rock at Pat Dollard’s site… Outstanding stuff indeed…

    You may also be interested in knowing that more than a few folks have something to say to Harry the Fairy and the folks over at the Mudville Gazette (thanks to Instapundit for point it out) have the links…

  19. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    We’re losing the war! I have proof!

    Maysan province was just handed over to the Iraqi’s.
    (’Still aint noticed any msm notice of this notice.)

    We can’t possibly keep occupying and persecuting these folks if we keep abandoning huge chunks of their country and turning control back over to them..

    Why, that aint no exit plan!

    That’s victory!

    How do dem’s expect to get elected if this war keeps going this way and the news keeps gettin’ loose out there?!?

  20. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    These Iraqi students, facing death everyday for no crime other than wanting to better themselves and their country send prayers to us, a line of recruits waiting to sign up in the IA or IP is mortared, the next day it’s full of eager recruits again, people stand in line while being mortared, pushing their frail grandparents in carts so they can vote, at a 90% turn out, and here it’s considered brave to call Bush a fascist.

    Maybe I’m living in the wrong country.

    Excellent post Brendan, truly inspiring. Good on ya mate!

  21. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Lady H, thanks for that link! I watched some of his videos. I swore I knew those guys. Took me a while to realize that I did know those guys, just a long time ago, different place, and they all had different names. Marines don’t change! Thanks for taking me back for awhile.

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    In the spirit of these students, I recommend the following:

    “The Ballad of the White Horse” by G.K. Chesterton (John Lane, 1911).

    This is the story of the English King Alfred’s desperate stand against invading Danes in 878. England is conquered, and Alfred is a fugitive when he sees a vision of the Virgin Mary that bids him call together the remnants of his people for a final battle. “The Ballad of the White Horse” is an epic poem of courage, passion and unsurpassable beauty. When Alfred asks the Saxons to join the battle, the dismaying reply is:

    Friend I will watch the certain things,
    Swine and slow moons like silver rings,
    And the ripening of the plums.

    Left to fend for themselves, Alfred and his followers are strengthened by a faith in God and a love of England that are as deep as the bone. It is the meeting of history and myth, a song of undying hope and faith in mankind:

    Being what heart you are,
    Up the inhuman steeps of space,
    As on a staircase go in grace,
    Carrying the firelight in your face,
    Beyond the loneliest star.

    God bless you all.

  23. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    more than a few folks have something to say to Harry the Fairy and the folks over at the Mudville Gazette

    Damn Juandos, I’ve got to be more careful following your links. I just spent the last 3 hours reading posts, comments, following MORE links….

    Pass the coffee…I ain’t done yet…. :undecided_tb: