About this blog...

I am a former leader of a Human Terrain Team in Iraq. My intent with this blog was to identify relevant, open-source materials on Iraqi culture, society, politics, religion and economics - just about anything on or about the Iraqi population in general.

I am continuing the blog now only sporadically, as a means of information distribution in support of efforts to improve a vital program hamstrung by failures in execution.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Blogging from Iraq

This is a little old, but I'm still catching up on news from over the last week (I've been traveling). This is a WaPo OpEd from an Iraqi dentist, who also keeps a blog. Of course, this kind of single-person account can be dangerous -- it's impossible to discern how representative his sentiments and observations are (mistrusting the militias, for example, rather than seeing them as a source of security). This is a particularly relevant question given that he is an educated doctor blogging in English. But he nonetheless seems an articulate and conscientious observer, and at the very least, it can't hurt to see what he has to say. It may not represent the views of every Iraqi, or even most Iraqis, but it represents at least one.

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