"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Anti-terror demonstrations in Baghdad Omar has a first-hand account of the big anti-terrorism demonstrations today. Nothing in the major media about it, of course, despite the fact that there were apparently over ten thousand people there. Zeyad will theoretically be supplying us with pictures of the event pretty soon.
In other Iraqi blogger news, Ays has become the first Iraqi blogger, to my knowledge, that has forthrightly and fully argued against the statements of another blogger. This is good. I would love to see some good, intelligent debate between Iraqi bloggers. But for some reason, the two earliest Iraqi bloggers, Salam Pax and Riverbend (who Ays criticized), are completely ignoring the new wave of bloggers. I hope this doesn't continue, and that one or both of them respond to Ays.
UPDATE: Zeyad's got a report, and he's got pictures! And it does my heart good to hear that the population of Baghdad largely thinks as I do on quite a few issues:
The rallies today proved to be a major success. I didn't expect anything even close to this. It was probably the largest demonstration in Baghdad for months. It wasn't just against terrorism. It was against Arab media, against the interference of neighbouring countries, against dictatorships, against Wahhabism, against oppression, and of course against the Ba'ath and Saddam.