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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Leila Fadel ~ A Voice For The Parents and Children of Iraq

Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers, offers an update on events in Iraq.

WATCH Washington Journal Entire Program C-SPAN Archive Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers, Baghdad Bureau Chief 10/6/2007: WASHINGTON, DC: 3 hr.

Last weekend I watched my favorite program C-SPAN's Washington Journal. I even called in for the first time to thank Tony (I was the lady from Minnesota).

Ms. Fadels ability to describe the affects of the US invasion on the children of the country was extremely illustrative. Leila is a gifted teller of people stories we do not usually hear about in our daily mainstream news.

Her account of a childs first word "Bullet" and the sound of gun fire "tatata" from a childs lips, is forever etched in my memory. The 4 year old who now knows nothing but fighting, guns, bombs and death. The child who is ill everyday from simply drinking the water.

This must make one think about the lost innocence of the children. This must make one wonder about the heightened fear and worry a parent faces every single day. This must make one think of a sinking heart of a Mother or a Father when their child utters their first word, a hopeless and disparaging heavy heart.

This must make one think about the ultimate cost of losing a child to death. The words of war are leaving real scars in the minds of the parents and the children.

The action of warring is leaving open wounds for many, many years ahead.

I am most thankful that Leila had the courage to share her experiences. Her stories will be with me when I go to vote in 2008. I was already resigned to NOT vote for any candidate who has uttered a word that eludes to war, attack, invasion, or sanctioning.

I will NOT vote for any candidate who uses a tone of aggression against another countrys people. I will NOT vote for a candidate who uses fear mongering. I will NOT vote for a candidate that thinks the war on terror is an answer. I will NOT vote for a candidate who believes there is such a thing as a war on terror.
I believe that the children are our future and that they must have as healthy a Parent or Care Giver as possible so that the children can be as healthy as possible.

Children need the love, support and protection of the adults in their life.

The children of Iraq, inside the country and in refugee camps elsewhere are trapped.

The children are the innocent victims of what we - the US -- have done to their lives.

Those of us who dearly hold on to what the essence of Hope can bring, know that the longer we stay in Iraq, Hope for peace will move farther away.

The work to regain peace will take an extraordinary group of people from around the world. Leila Fadel, will be one of those called upon (I hope) to establish a global council to pick up the pieces and try to put back together what once was a fairly developed country, before we invaded it.

She is steady and wise, an old soul, we can learn from.

A new American President will not be able to 'fix' this. In fact, I think America will have to move back away from the Middle East in order to show them that "We" are no longer a threat. The aid we must give can be done by proxy, from another already proven peaceful nation.

A new American President will have to put their attention towards repairing this greatly damaged nation of ours.

PS.....The group of dangerous people who have caused the catastrophe in Iraq, in the Middle East, will see the inside of the International Court of Justice.

McClatchy CORRESPONDENTS Leila Fadel

E-mail Leila Fadel at

Leila Fadel is McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau Chief. She has covered the

war in Iraq for Knight Ridder and now McClatchy on and off since June

2005, as well as the 34-day war in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel

in the summer of 2006.

Read her stories....................

Leila Fadel's Latest Story

Change in Iraqi province obvious in rare drive
By Leila Fadel McClatchy Newspapers Posted on Sun, October 7, 2007

"He couldn't write "American" in the log. There hadn't been an American at this checkpoint in years. "Are you Iraqi?" he asked. "No," I answered.

"What are you?" he asked, confused. "I'm American," I answered, and when that still wasn't enough I added, "I'm Lebanese also." He wrote down "Lebanese."

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