Monday, September 22, 2008

The sad life of Ranya, 15 year old Iraqi girl

Her father kidnapped by the militias in Abu Saida.

The brother used to provide for them, until the police took him.

She got married at the age of 14, against her will, to a man 12 years older than her.

She does not remember what the explosives belt looked like. Umm fatima, introduced by the husband as his cousin, strapped it on her. Before she put it on me, she gave Ranya a can of peach juice and some bread. After she drank the peach juice and ate the bread, she saw double.

Ranya does know if her husband knew she was putting on the belt, but he was in the same house. When she put on the belt and went out, he was present.

Her mother, Umm Ranya, is accused of being an Emir in Al-Qaeda. Some women said she recruited them and drew up plans for them:

Interviewer: If you met Muhammad, her husband, who was behind all this, how would react to him?

Ranya's mother: I would say: Hang him!

Interviewer: That would be your response?

Ranya's mother: Yes. I would say: Hang him. Don't let him breathe another hour.

Interviewer: You came here for the interrogation...

Ranya's mother: If he really did it...

Interviewer: What do you mean "if"?

Ranya's mother: He didn't strap the belt on her, but if he was responsible...

Interviewer: So you doubt your daughter's account of the events?

Ranya's mother: I don't know. She didn't say that her husband knew about this. She said her husband was in another room when they strapped the belt on her.


At 9:07 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:47 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

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At 1:39 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this one in the Yemeni Times interesting...

At 1:51 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another gem.

Rue89, France

American Elections:
What if Our Buddy Loses ?

At 2:03 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5:34 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:09 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

If you are puzzled about something wouldn't it make better sense to ask, instead of opining in a repulsive manner? That hardly inspires trust.

At 6:15 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didnt know that I was commenting in a repulsive manner. I also trusted you had a good reason for doing so, but its a mystery to me. I figured you would contact me if you thought it polite or important.

You know that I am trustworthy in a repulsive kind of way. Like a redneck, you know when the shit hits the fan, you want them watching your back in the fox hole....though the conversation wont be inpiring.


If there is something dubious about the link, I would certainly be interested.

At 6:25 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just occured to me why you may have removed the first comment, but not the second.

I wont blurt it out though. I betcha Im right. Its not nefarious.

If Im guessing right, congratulations and good luck!

At 6:32 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I love ya!

At 6:33 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Yea, well, the company you keep is not known for their discretion. Never mind.

At 6:37 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...


"The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other"

(The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek)


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