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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?



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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