Friday, June 29, 2007

Speaking of antipartisan,

how about Dal LaMagna? Here's some food for thought:
LaMagna is convinced that American voters are tired of business as usual. With the unpopularity of the president, the Congress and both political parties, LaMagna is going to be taking a different approach to politics. And, because the top issue on the voter's agenda is Iraq, LaMagna is going to use his campaign to show the public that the war can be ended --quickly and responsibly. He plans to begin to run television advertisements that will feature Iraqi's speaking to Americans directly.

This will be a campaign to watch as it will be different from any other --different not only for the 2008 campaign but different from any that has come before it.
Not only that, but LaMagna is something of a myth buster when it comes to some rationales given by our nation's elites for continuing to colonize Iraq:
His experience with Iraqis dispels many myths that Americans have about Iraq. Two key myths are particularly important:
First, Iraqis consistently tell him that the violence will start abating when the U.S. announces plans to leave. One Iraqi tribal leader reversed Bush's rhetoric and said "when the U.S. stands down Iraqis will stand up." The consistent view is that the root cause of the violence is the occupation.
Second, there will not be a civil war if the U.S. leaves in fact the chance of civil war increases if the U.S. stays. Iraqis do not need the U.S. to deal with the sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia. There is not a sectarian civil war in progress nor will one erupt. Over and over Dal heard from Iraqis that they have mixed marriages. One quipped "I am Sunni my wife if Shia I don't need American soldiers to protect me from my wife." What is brewing is a political civil war the nationalists vs. the separatists.
Dal has provided transcripts, video tapes and summaries of his meetings with Iraqis on his website.
Who knows. Maybe he'd even walk his talk when it comes to a transparent government. Worth keeping an eye on.

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