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THE PLANK JANUARY 20, 2008

Kidnapped

With all the talk of the rising/declining role of Iraq in the presidential campaign and its affect on hawkish candidates like McCain or Rudy, we can sometimes forget that Iraq is not an abstract policy question--the war is still raging and is destroying the lives of millions of people. I will be the first to admit that I have become desensitized to media coverage of Iraq--the images and stories of explosions and dead bodies rarely even register with me anymore. But I just came across this short video (thanks to a powerful blog run by Iraqi reporters), which is the first thing that has jolted me out of my numbness in a long time:   

  

It's a message that transcends languages, but if you want the translation:

Answer me…

Are you Sunni or Shiite?

Are you Sunni or Shiite?

Are you Sunni or Shiite?

Are you Sunni or Shiite?

Sunni or Shiite?

Iraqi.

[Gunshot]

Sedition is worse than killing (a verse from Qur'an)

Terrorism has no religion

It's an ad that is currently being run on a number of Arabic television channels. Let's hope that its message resonates with Iraqis as well.

--Zvika Krieger

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