Bill Ardolino is the blogger behind INDC Journal. Answering the call to get a more accurate picture of what’s going on over in Iraq, Bill has temporarily re-tagged his blog “InIraq Journal” and that’s because he has embedded with some Marines in Fallujah. While several of his posts from there are very worth reading, I wanted to pop off a quick note about the most recent interview he’s posted, this one from an Iraqi Police officer in Fallujah.
If you’re going to read just one of his posts, make it this one.
INDC: So why are local Fallujans fighting other Fallujans?
Mohammed: “Because the al Qaeda organization came to this city and controlled it so hard by killing. And some people here actually like killing and they liked Saddam Hussein as well, and I think the al Qaeda organization and Saddam Hussein are the same face.”
INDC: What do you mean by “the same face,” because Saddam was secular, he was not religious and al Qaeda is …
Mohammed: “Because the language they use is killing. And the same people who used to be with Saddam, now they participate with the insurgency.”
You should read the whole thing. The interview is, frankly, better than you’re going to get from some AP reporter holed up poolside in the Green Zone.