Damascus and Baghdad: A Marine’s Syrian Education

Here is a Westerner with a completely accurate grasp of Syrian society before the war. These words mirror everything I have said about the pluralistic nature of Syria and my Iraqi friends have said the same about Iraq. The US government and press tell us what they want us to believe about Syria and other foreign countries. Talk to a Syrian or Iraqi immigrant and ask them about their countries (there’s a lot of new immigrants around). Ask them to tell you about life in their countries before the wars. When you start to see just how much you’re being lied to about things like lifestyle and religious beliefs, you may come to realize that our government is lying about other things as well…WMDs, chemical weapons, “rebels” and “radicals”. Our government demonizes foreign leaders and sells the “poor, oppressed people,” and “religious sectarian divides” to justify spending billions of US tax dollars on US made weapons, destroying sovereign nations with a high quality of life. We’re not saving or freeing anyone. We’re just transferring more wealth to the already obscenely wealthy. But then hey, that’s what our politicians have been hired to do.

Levant Report

My article written for Foreign Policy Journal (6/26/14).

FP JOURNAL– Last week, Sami Ramadani undertook the urgent task of giving Western audiences a history lesson on the supposed entrenched sectarian violence of modern Iraq. His The Sectarian Myth of Iraq, written for The Guardian, sends a message rarely acknowledged in the English speaking world: “We coexisted peacefully for centuries, and need neither brutal dictators nor western intervention.”

He explodes the illusion that Iraq and the Middle East in general is but a cauldron of historically rooted Shia-Sunni sectarian animosities, and that the current crisis is reducible to the region’s supposedly incurable religious violence—a mentality that has become a truism in the media and foreign policy establishment. This misperception spills over into common American discourse as the simplistic “Arabs hate each other,” or “this is a centuries old religious conflict.” But Ramadani’s point is proven by his wealth…

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About LeilaPiazza

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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