The War is Over

I feel as though the war in Iraq has become an accepted fact, that it is no longer an anomaly to be opposed, but the norm. It’s a news headline, if even that, no longer worth clicking on to read. The war is a scant dinner topic, if even that. Or it’s a bumper sticker, IF EVEN THAT. I’m not going to preach to the choir so I’ll just say this, the war is ongoing and by the time you finish reading this post, there’s a high likelihood that someone just got killed in Iraq. The security improvement that everyone is hailing isn’t really a big deal bc it has brought the monthly death toll to what it was a couple years ago, or to put it in one American general’s words (forgot his name), from extremely bad to very bad. So, while we celebrate the holidays, remember, the war is over… if you want it. (see the video)

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13 Responses to The War is Over

  1. :) says:

    I wish you were more serious like this most of the time. You can stiumulate discussion when youre not talking about cooking and Hollywood movies with bix explosion scenes which you seem so impressed by.

  2. iPouya says:

    Hey homeboy, Im not trying to be entertaining. I just post what I like to post.
    FYI, the movie trailers Ive posted hardly match your description: “In the Valley of Elah,” “Into the Wild,” “Persepolis,” “Across the Universe,” etc.

  3. :) says:

    “Hey homeboy, Im not trying to be entertaining.” If so, you are certainly succeeding.

  4. Yalda Event says:

    Pouya,

    Please pass the news. Yalda event in Boston presented by the Iranian-American Association in Boston. From Harvard Square take bus number 71 to watertown square (less than 15 minute ride — even in snow).

    Saturday December 15th, 2007

    When: Saturday, December 15th, 2007
    Where: Watertown Middle School
    Time: 6:00 PM doors will open

    Come and celebrate the longest night of the year with musical and dance performances,
    along with new performances just added this year! Come enjoy the slide show, Faleh Hafez,
    Hameh Khanee (Sing-a-long), SABA Ensemble, Aftab Dance Group and many more…

    Share this exciting night with your friends and family.

    Doors open at 6:00pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.
    Children under 12……………$10
    Students & Members……….$15
    Non-Members………………..$20
    Door……………………………..$25 (credit card availabe)

    Tickets are now available at: Super Heros ONLY
    Non-members can purchase the tickets via http://www.iaboston.org through PayPal.
    ($2.50 charge by PayPal for the processing fee)

    Traditional Ageel, fruits, sweets, and tea will be served.


    For more information please call KHANEH-YE IRAN at (617)924-IRAN

    KHANEH-YE IRAN is located at 17 Nichols Ave. Watertown, MA.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    long live Hamas, Long Live Hezbeh allah (party of Allah), long live Iran, long live Iraqi resistance against foreign occupiers.

  6. Jamshid says:

    LOL! Indeed, it does seem people have forgotten about this war. Thanks for writing about it Pouya!

  7. Nazanin says:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/09/AR2007110901569.html

    Here’s what one soldier and now Georgetown U. student says concerning the war after experiencing it and coming home to snob-central.

  8. Jamshid says:

    Interesting article, Nazanin.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Pouya,

    In an earlier post, you mentioned that your are planning a Persepolis screening at Harvard. If it is still a project in the planning I would love to help. Let me know.

    Your fellow Iranian and Harvardian.

  10. iPouya says:

    I did organize the screening at Kendall Theatres for this past Thursday but bc of the snow storm, everything was shut down, including all local theatres so the screening was canceled. Sony Pictures and I really wanted to go through w the screening but the theatre decided to cancel the event.
    We’re trying to re-schedule it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Pouya,

    Keep me updated on the new schedule.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Why can’t anyone portray the war in a more authentic way? So many things are neither black nor white, but grey. While video footage shows soldiers from the US smiling and then cuts (perhaps unfairly) to horrific images suggests that US soldiers, marines, sailors, and air force personnel not only are not hurt by the war but are, in fact, enjoying it. While this may be true for a select few, it is unrealistic and unfair to show this. Many men and women in the US military are deeply pained and suffering because of the war. Without making statements about who is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and whether Gandhi was correct that ‘an eye for an eye makes us all blind,’ please remember that whatever you think about the war, there are a lot of men and women who become GIs and suffer before, during, and forever after because of service which many of them did not ask for or even sign up for. Whether you think it is ‘service’ or not, most men and women wearing the uniform of the United States do not derive pleasure from the pain that is war.

  13. iPouya says:

    I have a good hunch as to who wrote the last comment.
    While you tried to be moderate on the issue of those who go to Iraq and kill and decimate a poor country, the post was about ending the war. But to address your point, I must admit that I do consider soldiers to be the victims of this war as well, but it is also hard to sympathize w them for what they have done in Iraq.
    I know that many enlisted bc they either didn’t know better or didn’t have very many options open to them, but still, it doesn’t change the fact that many have blood on their hands.

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