Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Conversation with an Iraqi
I was outside taking photos of the road construction outside our house when a worker came over to ask how we were surviving all the rumbling and inconvenience of the road work. I told him I just wanted it done before we moved to Hawaii in less than two months. All this led to him telling me he was from Iraq.
We talked about the sad destruction of his country. He said he was an Assyrian Christian and that "deep in the soil of Iraq, you will find the blood of the Christian Assyrians." I asked what he felt about Americans leaving. He said the Americans cannot leave because his country was such a mess now that chaos would ensue if our soldiers left. I was really sad to hear that. I think many Iraqis are divided in their feelings. I've also talked to other Iraqis who felt it would be best if Americans left so they could sort things out for themselves.
I don't know. After that discussion I just went to our backyard and looked at my cherry blossoms. How fortunate we are to be here where we can sit outside with food in our kitchen and no fear of bombs exploding about us.