I don't mean to take focus away from American soldiers that are killed over there, but I'm wondering if we as the American people are underestimating the effect of these Iraqi deaths.
For instance, these 2 US soldiers that were kidnapped - that sucks, I hope they're okay and they make it out alive. I've gotten to know some Marines at the store and I pray to God that after they are deployed that they come back okay.
I wonder what the Iraqis think when so much focus is placed on that story stateside while scores of their countrymen, often innocent, are killed weekly. In fact, that same day as the kidnappings, 31 Iraqis were killed. 31! Yet we focus on our two. Is that wrong? I'm not necessarily saying that - I am saying that we need to understand the Iraqi psyche in order to understand how the view progress in their own country.
What's worse is I typed in "iraqis killed" at Google News, and I was astonished at the lack of US news outlets represented. Plenty of middle east sources cover them, but I wonder if news such as that even warrants a shrug from most Americans.
What finally gave this post words was an article detailing a memo sent from Iraq's ambassador to the US just before President Bush arrived. The memo sent to the State Department details a much different picture that the Administration would probably like for us to ignore.
Signed by Khalilzad himself, the cable details how native embassy workers cannot blow their "cover" that they work for the Americans for fear of death. Electricity is still sparse, with one employee's two-year old son with asthma cannot tolerate the 115 degree heat. Women are threatened and forced to cover their face, a more conservative move than Iran at its most radical state.
The snippet that stuck out to me was this:
"Another employee tell us that life outside the Green Zone has become 'emotionally draining.' He lives in a mostly Shiite area and claims to attend a funeral 'every evening.'"
While we here in the United States grieve the loss of our own countrymen, we cannot forget about that same effect in Iraq.