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Saturday, July 30, 2005


I want to thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the wonderful emails that I and my family received...
And for all the signatures on the petition...
For my lovely freinds Liminal and Najma for the blog of
For my Great friend Emigre from
Riverbnd, i can never thank you enough...
For the Committee to Protect Bloggers ...
And for for the emails that actually flooded the email account of the Iraqi embassy in the USA...
For all those who took the time to write demanding freeing me in their websites: Juan Cole and justin alexander and God knows they are so many that I cant mention them all so I hope they forgive me for that...
For all the comments on Raed's blog and the comments on my blog...
For everyone that took the effort of making a legal attempt to defend me or to motivate human rights organizations to do that...
For everyone that had me in his thoughts, and specially for everyone that made even a tiny small prayer for me...
For all of you, great deep thanks, from all my heart, I am very thankful and very grateful, and I promise to do all what's possible to free you when you are arrested for reading our blogs:)
you showed us -once again- that we humans have strong-enough bonds that no government can break, no administration can change.
again, thank you all very very much, I wish you all the best, your support means more than you can imagine to me and to my family, who really needed it through these hard days.
I hope that you will never have to face such an experience, and I want you to know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers:)


Anonymous Ibn Battutah said...

Allah ma3ak ya Khalid

7/30/2005 11:16:00 PM  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

Khalid, it gives so many in my small northern California community much joy to know that you are safe.

7/31/2005 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Kristjan Hans said...

I am numb from reading the accounts in your b*log.

It is so important that you are sharing this. I myself only found this website through using the "Next Blog" button.

It is horrifying to know that this goes on. And it is awe-inspiring to read about the spirit you, and others, are showing by speaking out, and that so many people have been doing what little they can to affect the situation.

Human beings have a fundamental potential for greatness.. we act either constructively or destructively.
However much destruction a human being is capable of.. the same human being has the potential to CREATE and CONSTRUCT to the same extent.

Our negative capacitiy only mirrors our positive capacity.
Thankfully so many of us are steering away from the destructive, and engaging in the constructive - making our own lives and the lives of others better.

Keep pushing to expand and develop your fundamental greatness, your courage and creativity..
and continue to inspire others to do the same.
My eys well up with tears of joy to see how people have reached out and reacted to your accounts.. I hope they will also continue to strive for never-ending personal victories for the greater good.

I am certainly inspired to do the same.

My heart trembles for the individuals who are affected by the terrible examples of human anger, greed and stupidity, that surface so vividly in the situations your accounts describe.

But the more human courage, compassion and wisdom is unleashed, the poison can be turned into medicine.
The shadows can certainly be quenched by the light.

7/31/2005 02:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I breathed a big sign of relief after reading your account, which was both horrifying and inspiring. I was so afraid that you would be physically harmed in a major way, or worse.

I, like many others I’m sure, wish I could have done more to get you free, and done it faster. Anyway, I feel better now knowing that you will be there pulling for me if BB comes down on the head of this old stubborn activist.

I await hearing how I, and others, can help you and your family to not only spread the word about these inequities, but also help some of the individual unfortunates.

Kisses from your blogging buddy.

7/31/2005 03:06:00 AM  
Blogger pietro said...

Good to have you back. I was wondering why you hadn't blogged in a while until raed posted you'd been arrested. I hope you can continue to post regularly now. Iwas happy to see when you reopened the postings section.

We often find new things to be thankful for, and appreciation for life, after traumatic experiences.
May God grant you many.

Keep up the struggle for peace.

7/31/2005 03:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Cathe said...

As many others have said I'm also very happy and relieved that you are now with your family and I hope you will be able to go ahead with your studies this year - can your do that in Jordan? - I admire the fact that you don't let the current regime intimidate you and speak out for the current detainees but Iraq doesn't seem to be a safe place to be for you now.

I've looked up what our local branch of Amnesty International was doing for Iraq, they have published two reports a few months ago on the unlawful conditions of detention, but Amnesty reports can't put pressure on the Iraqi Government, right now only the US Government could do that if their was a strong campaign from the american public. But when you see the indifferent reaction to the Guantanamo scandal, there's no hope for that.

However if your family knows of any NGO action that could have any effect on the detainees' situation, post it on your blogs, many of us will be ready to help them.

I also remember that Raed mentionned that another family member had disappeared at the same time as you did. I hope all is well for him too


7/31/2005 06:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Luther King said "Our Lives begin to end the moment we remain silent about the things that matter". We respect your courage and that of your family. Martin Kuther King would be deeply ashamed today of how low USA has sunk.

7/31/2005 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mad Canuck said...

Hey Khalid, I'm really glad to see you back. It was saddening to see what happened to you, but it is good to know you are safe.

7/31/2005 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger Raed Jarrar said...

happy to see you blogging again

7/31/2005 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous >>>Carol said...

I share the same joy to have you back and blogging again
We're with you.

Hans, I agree with you about human potential, and I believe each person who decides to be constructive, loving and creative, against destructiveness, starts the same inspiration in others, and makes a real contribution to the decision of others to join us.
For that, thanks, khalid, thanks Hans, and let's go on with our mission


7/31/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7/31/2005 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous multisect said...

An honest man or woman's freedom is worth more than all the oil in the world. Some will take a long while to figure this out...welcome back. As for anonymous above it seems strange for you to say that about those who took so much heat over their description of the American junior gulag.

7/31/2005 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some things are easier to decry, some things are more difficult.

7/31/2005 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7/31/2005 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger K said...

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7/31/2005 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger nofrills said...


Here in Tokyo, I've just done what I can do right now, i.e., the usual translation, in the hope that more people will know your and other guys' story.

I should have asked you beforehand about the translationg, but excuse me because I am almost overwhelmed by... everything.

Hope everything goes well for Firas, Mohammed, Maysam And Nathom - the "Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt" brothers, Abu Kamal, Abu Ayid, Kathom and every innocent person in custody.

7/31/2005 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger K said...

Hi Khalid :)

I got your message saying you'd deleted my post by mistake - thanks :) I can't remember my exact words, but at your request I'll try to recreate the post.
It was in response to a comment (now gone) where an anonymous person was blaming "the Jews" for supposedly infiltrating and corrupting an international humanitarian organization. But I asked this anonymous poster to think again about blaming Jews. Who is in charge of Guantanamo Bay? Israel? What religion is actively practiced by the two leaders of the military "crusade" into Iraq? Who blessed the soldiers before they marched on to massacre 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica? A Rabbi? Not likely - they were pretty much cleared out of that area a long time ago. Blaming one group and everyone in it for your troubles is not only overly simplistic, it's a step down a very dangerous road that usually ends up with situations like, for example, people getting abducted and imprisoned in torture jails for reading something on the internet.

Many people prayed for Khalid in mosques, churches, synagogues, temples, and alone, all over the world. Why does the fate of just one person matter so much? Because to any decent person, no matter which faith lights his or her path up the mountain, everything is about caring about the lives and dignity of each one of our brothers and sisters. People who prayed for Khalid, and pray for others who are still prisoners, not one of them deserves to be slapped with the label of "enemy" - Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or Jew.

Thanks again Khalid. You just go ahead and be totally ruthless with that Delete button :D It's beyond great to have you back :)

7/31/2005 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger pipistro said...


7/31/2005 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was not indicting the Jews as a religion or a peoples. Just pointing out that the more activist zionists, a rather large organized influential and vociferous group, have taken it upon themselves to create such an uproar at Amnesty whenever Israel *was* criticized, that Amnesty has cowed to them, something Amnesty should be the last organization to do for anyone. Like I said, some things are easier to decry, some things are more difficult. Amnesty should not be taking the easy routes.

8/01/2005 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back, dude!

8/01/2005 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Thank you, all of you, my good freinds, my brothers and sisters:)
we will publish soon something more detailed about our campaign for the rights of Iraqi prisoners.
Ibn Battuta, please email me if possible, K: sorry again! would be very nice of you if you could email me, nofrills: thank you for your translation, you japanese people cant be any more polite, i begged you a million time to translate as much as you like of our blogs without need for permission everytime:)
everyone, thank you, and please think with us: what can we do to gain more rights to people getting arrested in Iraq everyday?
contact people that you know that are active in the fields of civil rights and human rights, any ideas and suggestions would be much appreciated.
you are all, in my prayers..

8/01/2005 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog is humbling.

I am filled with joy at the news of your release and sadness at the plight of all those others.

Lord Clark, UK

8/01/2005 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Allen said...

Khalid, i have an idea, i dont know how helpful it will be, but it is an idea :)

i will email it to you, if that is ok

8/01/2005 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous max taylor said...

It's inspiring to see undaunted courage in the face of oppresion. I hope you always keep an open mind, and keep flourishing on the weight of your convictions. "The only real freedom anyone has is figuring things out for themselves". I do fear, though, that your message and story needs to be heard by more Iraqis in Iraq. I wish you the best of luck!

8/01/2005 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel in London said...

Khalid, I have started a thread on the Democratic Underground forum

Khalid Jarrar tells of his experience of Iraqi intelligence (which is CIA)

I included a link to your blog (and a link to the Knight Ridder report about the CIA hanging onto control of the Iraqi intelligence service).

8/01/2005 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You're welcome. It was (in your case) and is (the case of the others) the only right thing to do, Again, if a truly tolerant and basically democratic society is to function, none of this is tolerable, acceptable or justifiable, unless, of course,democratic behavior is not really your goal and covert control is. And a note to some of the other Americans such as MadTom- if you would not condone similar behavior in the US, why tolerate and abet this in other places?

Rebecca (down in SoCal)
(PS: DJ's presentation down here went very well....)

8/01/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel in London said...

I have also e-mailed George Galloway's political party, to draw their attention to your latest entry and ask if there is anything we in the UK can do to stop Iraqi intelligence abuse.

Rachel, a Brit in London

8/01/2005 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel in London said...

And I have started a thread on the BBC web site Radio 4 message board (International News section).
Rachel, a Brit in London

8/01/2005 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, have you talked to the CBC people? they ran all your video blogs on the Sunday after I e-mailed them about you, although they probably already knew.

I'm sure they will be happy to have an update from you.

8/01/2005 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Lord Clark, max taylor thats very kind of you, thank you:)
Rebecca:), i totally agree..
Rachil, thank you very much, i appreciate what you did very much, its for the best of Iraqis to have this story heard as much as possible around the world.
ano, 18:09: good idea, i will email them, thanks for reminding me:)
it would be nice of you to sign your posts guys:) just so we dont use the time of posting to identify each other:)
take care:)

8/01/2005 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So good to hear that you're out and safe. One small reassuring note: Senator John Kerry's office actually responded to my request to investigate your situation and work for your release. By the time they responded, you had already made it back to Jordan, but I did find it remarkable that Kerry's office might just be listening (despite their muddled stance on the occupation).

Thank you for posting on your blog so folks can understand the gravity of the situation, violation of human rights...


8/01/2005 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Emilie said...

Khalid, I am so thankful that you are home and OK. I have been keeping up with your blog, and those of your family, and I am so grateful to you for your courage in speaking out. But mostly I am relieved that you are safe. Keep on rockin'.

8/02/2005 01:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Critique of Amnesty's recent Report on Iraq

8/02/2005 02:14:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

great, that you're back again

8/02/2005 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey big guy! Good to have you back!

8/02/2005 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted your story on Daily Kos (a few people posted daily while you were "away")

8/02/2005 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Perhaps you can contact a few of the big international papers (NYT, Guardian, Washington Post, etc) and other media (BBC, radio & TV, al-Jazeera, etc) to tell your story.

Of course, you have to be careful, too, and not do/say anything that might endanger family in Iraq. It's a fine line to walk, isn't it?

Take care. Have a cold ice-cream or a nice cup of tea sitting outside at a cafe with the sun shining and friends and family around!

Tilli (Mojave Desert)

8/02/2005 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the dubya groupies who keep on saying war is not pretty and Iraqis should just live with that situation. What don't you understand about this war in Iraq being illegal since no connection to 911 and no WMD found? Can you justify this war based on the reasons given to us before it was started? Some dubya groupies say Saddam was in the process of acquiring WMD from other countries which is also untrue since we were told Saddam could reach the US in 45 minutes with his nuclear weapons which by the way don't exist. Another reason dubya groupies have come up with is that we wanted to remove a tyrrant who killed innocent people, this sounds great, but what about the rest of the world's tyrrants? Why not clean our own back yard first ex: Castro? Why ally ourselves with other tyrrants of the world sauch as the leaders of uzbekistan and sudan? Maybe since they are on "our side" (they do not restrict their resources to us). So its ok to support a tyrrant as long as they benefit us. This sounds exactly like when we supported saddam while he was killing his own people.

8/02/2005 05:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris Albon said...


I have submitted your story to Slashdot, hopefully they will publish it.

I've rewritten this comment about a dozen times. Nothing I write seems enough, so I won't write anything at all.

I will try to spread the word about your story and hope it makes a difference.

Chris Albon
Miami, Florida, USA

8/02/2005 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger fuckstick2020 said...

I think you should ban anonymous comments. If the people are not brave enough to post who they are even if it is a screen name they shouldn't be allowed to post. Additionally to all you anonymous commentors if you are afraid you will "get in trouble" for reading don't think posting anonymously will protect you because my friends the government can trace every ISP that hits this blog. They have caught several murderers this way. (Not from here but in the United States). So be proud show who you are. They will get you in the end if they really want you!

8/03/2005 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citizens for Fair Legislation
For Immediate Release
August 3, 2005

*Please take a moment to write to your representatives and ask them to
speak out against the illegal detention of children in Iraq and
Palestine. Reports on the abuse at Abu Ghraib indicate that the
Pentagon has proof (photographs and video) that detained Iraqi
children are being sodomized and raped by American soldiers. In
Israel, Palestinian children are also being held indiscriminately and
illegally in violation of international law and human rights law.
Reports by Israeli human rights organizations indicate that like Iraqi
children, Palestinian child detainees are regularly tortured and not
allowed visits by either the Red Cross or their parents.

* In a report written last year called, 'Stolen Youth: The Politics of
Israel's Detention of Palestinian Children' the authors interviewed a
teenager who gave the following description of his treatment by the
Israeli military: "Three more people in masks came into the room.
They blindfolded me, put a hood over my head... they kicked and
slapped me. They beat me with a plastic pipe and whatever they could
get their hands on. I couldn't see anything because I was blindfolded.
I just felt the blows. That lasted ten to fifteen minutes... Later
they stood me on a chair and told me to grab a pipe that was fixed to
the wall. They removed the chair from under me and left me hanging in
the air, with my handcuffed hands holding onto the pipe and the weight
of my body, hanging in the air, drawing my hands downwards. They left
the room." - Ismail Sabatin, 17 years old. Palestinian children being
held by the Israeli military range between the ages of 9-17 years old,
many of these children are being held without charges, others have
been held for months for merely throwing stones at Israeli tanks.
Tell your representatives that because we give $12 billion dollars in
American welfare to Israel a year that we have a moral obligation to
demand that the Israelis end this despicable treatment of Palestinian

*Treatment of Iraqi children under the U.S. occupation forces is no
better. Last week the Pentagon blocked the release of pictures of
Iraqi children being raped and sodomized by American soldiers as
publication of those pictures would have been a public relations
disaster of the U.S. In an expose done by the Sunday Herald late last
year a child witness of the abuse at Abu Ghraib gave a statement to
investigators saying that he witnessed the rape of a boy who was 15
years old: "The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the
doors with sheets. Then, when I heard the screaming I climbed the
door … and I saw [the soldier's name is deleted] who was wearing a
military uniform." The witness then described in graphic details how
he witnessed that soldier rape "the little kid".

*The abuse of children by the United States and by the U.S.'s
staunchest ally in the Middle East is unacceptable; it's time that we
held our government accountable for the blatant violations of human
rights occurring in Iraq and Palestine. Tell your representatives
that you feel that the illegal detention of Palestinian and Iraqi
children is deplorable and that as your elected officials you expect
them to speak out against the cruel treatment of children. Remind
your elected officials that none of these actions in Iraq or Palestine
could occur without the tacit approval of the U.S. government.

WHITE HOUSE FAX: 202-456-2461
Citizens for Fair Legislation is a grassroots organization committed
to encouraging a fair domestic and foreign policy with an emphasis on
the US/Arab world.

8/03/2005 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer S. said...

I am so thrilled to hear to hear about your release. I'm sure you don't remember me, you must get tons of email, but I emailed you back in November just after our elections here in the US. I wanted you to know that there are many of us who do not support this evil administration or their illegal war. I wanted you to know that many of us care deeply about what happens to you and your country and are working very hard to make changes. It's not easy though. I read your blog and those of your family members regularly and have made many people here in the States read them to see what life is really like for Iraqis. I was devistated when I heard of your kidnapping. And now I'm am elated to hear that you are free from them. You and your family have been such an inspiration to me. The strength and humor that you all have shown during all that you have been through is utterly amazing. I don't know how you do it. But we could all take a lesson from you. I wish you and your family much love and peace. Please stay safe.

8/03/2005 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Dear Sir:
This is Sunshine from Mosul, I started to read your blog a few days ago, & I like it very much. (So is my mother).
I was talking with my friend madcanuck & he told me about you.
I will read your blog always. Please keep writing, we all love your writings & thoughts.
Take care…

8/03/2005 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger t said...

Peace and God's blessings to you and to us all.

8/03/2005 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger jarnocan said...

I am happy for your release to but very concerned - I notice Riverbend has NOT been blogging for a while- July 15th.
Please also see a peace petition that will be delivered in WDC after the Sept 24 PEACE actions. Thank you!

8/04/2005 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Puja said...

Hi there,

after reading your own blog just seems so silly.
Really well written and touching. Seeing a whole new side of this world through you eyes.

I was always anti american, Unfortunately third world countries like ours are always at the mercy of the power giants.


8/04/2005 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately third world countries like ours are always at the mercy of the power giants."

I don't you can place India in the same boat as Iraq. In 10 years India will be joining the first world, in 20 will be leading it. It will soon be your turn to be hated by all.

8/04/2005 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Iraqi American said...

Hey Khalid, aren't you glad you didn't criticize the Iraqi govt when Saddam Hussein was in charge of it? Probably you'd still be in jail, or in the Dijla. I'm glad you're ok man:)

8/04/2005 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger K said...

Hi Khalid :)
The CBC now has an update on their website. I would like to think it's because I spent some quality time last month in the CBC office in my city explaining what I knew about Khalid's situation to a couple of fascinated staffers, or it could be the email I sent to a CBC Newsworld producer... probably not even close, but regardless of where they got the information it's nice the national media is at least giving Khalid's story some recognition.


8/05/2005 02:12:00 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

Glad you made it safely. Hope this never stop anyone from blogging and speaking his own mind.

8/05/2005 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole Houston said...

You are very brave, and I respect you greatly. Thank you for being strong!

8/05/2005 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger emigre said...

I have to admit, I sorely failed you, Liminal and Najma on the "giveusbackourkhalid" blog - Lim kept patiently sending me email invites and I kept trying to open them but somewhere along the line either technology or my incompetency was letting us down - as I commented to Liminal at the time; "why anyone thinks a diarist is dangerous enough to abduct when we can't even operate blogger is beyond me".

Fantastic to see you have continued blogging.

8/06/2005 03:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Ocean Deep said...

after reading your blog i am left with no words to say..... we all know tht the situation there is bad, but hearing a first hand account shows you the real harsh truth!!
love the way you write and your attitude towards life.... keep it up mate...
i shall pray for your country and do my lil bit to help spread your msg...


8/06/2005 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Arun said...

Its great to have you back. I have been an avid reader of your blog, Raed's and Riverbend's. I offer you all my sympathies for the ordeal you have been through. I am an Indian by birth living in the U.S after having recently completed my education here. My sentiments towards the U.S led war in Iraq border are no different from yours and in an effort to alleviate the burden of my own hypocrisy(of continuing to live in a country which is doing so many wrongs), I intend offer my minisclue contribution in your efforts to ensure basic rights for Iraqi detainees. I will send emails to all the contacts mentioned in your and Raed's blogs. I wish you and your family and the whole of the middle east, more freedom and peace in the future. On an aside, I have not seen Riverbend post anything on her blog for nearly a month and it has gotten me concenred about her well being. Do you have any information about how she might be doing? I would appreciate a reply from you to Arun DOT Swaminathan AT gmail DOT com

8/06/2005 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

Where is riverbend?

8/07/2005 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Raed said...

im sorry but most of the people in the world dont give ashit about iraq.

8/07/2005 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Konfused Kid said...

Khalid Jarrar wasn't arrested for having a blog.

He was arrested for having a beard.

Think about it! probably word-of-mouth....

read more at my blog.

your post was courageous and to the point. cheers!

8/08/2005 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

I'm glad to hear that you are safe.

8/09/2005 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Larson*Moore said...

Khalid of Peace your efforts are loved.

* * *
The Last War

Freedom, Peace and Security will NEVER be won nor secured by the sword, another war will always need to be fought to end the fear of the sharp blade against the vital thoughts of change.

The last war will be waged without soldiers or freedom fighters, without blood shed or death, no rockets red glare, no bombs bursting anywhere.

The last war will not cause suffering, broken hearts, splintered spirits, or shattered bodies and souls, the creation of nature and man will not be crushed under the rolling thunder of armored machines, chemicals will not rain down from above, maniacal viruses will not attack from within, suicide terror raids, genocide, and nuclear holocaust will have no place in the last war, the casualties will be the end of competition, industry, government and religion which plan for and carry out the destruction, addiction and control of others.

The last war will be waged BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE, a war where all things will be TREATED as equal, a war employing weapons of MASS COOPERATION, battles fought and won with tolerance for all, understanding of difference, awareness of responsibility, a war in which compassion and love conquer and destroy the final evil enemy of humankind, the last war, the mother of all wars, the war to end all wars, must be waged upon fear.

We the People, declare a global war on fear.

How do we the people start this war, how do we wage this war, how do we the people win the last war ?

We start by turning away from those who support fear, by denying our services, our employment, our political, financial, moral and spiritual support to those who build and profit from the economy of competition, addiction and war.

We wage the last war by demanding that our energy and environment be clean and renewable, by demanding that the thousands of billions of dollars spent yearly on making the weapons and means of war be shifted and added to the nearly meaningless hundreds of billions which is reluctantly parted out for social, health, education and domestic infrastructure.

We win the last war by simply entrusting our votes, our support, our children's and grandchildren's lives to those of US whose words and actions DELIVER love and truth.

We the people can, will and must defeat fear.

©Bruce Larson*Moore

8/09/2005 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Urgent: Woodstock 2005 Bands Needed NOW- Crawford, Texas- Drop your sched and GO

To all who want peace in America, now is the time to expose the corruption.
We urge everyone to drop their schedules and go to Crawford, Texas right now.
It's time to stage the Party to end all parties, camping out in the heat of texas will make for great tv (- ;

The truth has emerged, it's just a matter of getting it to the masses. They all Deliberately lied, they Used 9/11 as a pretext for war.

Now Bush, Cheney and all those dopes in Congress are on Vacation! While more innocent Americans and Iraqis continue to die everyday! It is an outrage!

America doesn't know thanks to the complicit corporate media
And those that do know are not OK with these liars still in charge

Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq and is now President of Gold Star Families for Peace, has vowed to stay in Crawford until she meets with Bush.

Massive Party in Crawford, Texas NOW. Somebody with money that wants to save America- buy tents and yurts and build the mini-city overnight.

Spearhead, Ani Difranco, Jello Biafra, Willie Nelson, Eddie Vedder, David Rovics, Saul Williams, Supaclean- ALL of you incredible artists that know wtf is going on- please take a detour to texas.

EVERYONE that can play wanted on stage Now. Are there any honest politicians left? If so, please end your vacation and Go To Crawford... and you make $160,000 per year, maybe you could buy some train tickets for some of your unemployed constituents as well, eh?

Are there any professional athletes out there that give a sh*t that this mofo in the White House lied, tricking and forcing thousands of poor American youth to throw away their lives, so these rich bastards could loot our treasury, killing for their dreams of global conquest? And all those basketball stars- don't you care about your homies in the hood? Go to Crawford, speak out and encourage youth to do the same.

Remember- we can't allow them to divide and conquer us- are the cops billionaires? No. So they should be on our side- they just don't know... they've been fed propaganda since the day they were born and they really don't get it. Will somebody please (i would if i could make it to texas) get this bush-terror mp3 (more)and play it for the Crawford police.

Dear Mr. Policemen, why are you siding with these proven liars?

Join with us, We the People, to overthrow these corrupt rulers.

8/09/2005 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am worried about riverbend. She hasn't published anything to her blog since July 15.

Does anyone know if she is ok?

8/10/2005 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Islamic Distortion said...

Riverbend can't post because she is on the run. Her father was a senior Baathist official who served the party as a foreign official (allowing her education in flawless English) and those folks are on the whole not faring well in Iraq.

Many have gone to Jordan and are living very, very well.
There was a lot of Iraqi money taken by the Baathists when they left Iraq.

Riverbend's father probably has acquired a lot of money from the blood of Iraqis. Don't worry, she'll be okay although she may be a pariah in Iraq, her family like most Baathists probably sent enough blood money abroad to live very, very well.

When she settles into a new place, she'll probably start writing again.

8/10/2005 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am worried about Riverbend too, but remember I was worried also one year ago - perhaps she is out of Baghdad during the hot summer weeks ?

8/10/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Amurra said...

Islamic Distortion,

It seems you are aptly named, nothing you wrote is even vaguely true. Not even close.

8/10/2005 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger stretchism said...

Islamic distortionist...nice try. I just talked to her. She is actually rather fine but has nothing to say. Ergo, no blog for a bit.

Keep barking up the wrong tree...

8/11/2005 04:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Global activist said...

I just found this. I am amazed at how easily one can be victimized there. Since I believe in the freedom of Palestine I have visited Hamas sites. I know what they would do to me if they could, but I live in America where I only have to worry about Bush and his gang. We will have yet another anti-war demonstration in Washington, DC. on the 24th of Sept. For all who can, join us. My prayers for Riverbend are offered. May God keep her safe.

8/11/2005 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Islamic Distortion said...

Notice how the creatures climb out of the "deep well" to tell us how Riverbend is fine.

They don't provide any information on her at all; past or present.

How is Riverbend's father? Is he okay now that the Saddam checks from the government don't arrive?

8/11/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...


She is busy picking up huge checks from the sale of her book and there are plays being based upon her writings.

How many ways has your life inspired art?

8/11/2005 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous S said...

Islamic Distortion is either Bigot Boy or Romanesq/HeroBush, no?

Before promoting lies which make everything you say suspect...why not bother to do a little research?

When you repeat rumor, inuendo and half-truths you make yourself look foolish and not believable.

Mostly, just foolish.

Please do a little reading before posting that which has been discredited.

8/12/2005 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its good to see an innocent freed.

But can you deal with the truth that has gotten countless people detained, tortured, and sometimes executed in Islamic countries?? :

Prophet Mohammad (SAW) slept with an 8 year old Ayesha. Now this is common practice back then. But if Prophet Mohammad (SAW) wants us to obey his orders in the 21st century, then how come he does acts that are illegal and immoral in the 21st century?

Yes, it is good to be free.

8/12/2005 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Islamic distortion' reduced to posting anonymously.

Your information is incorrect. Nowhere will you be able to find a legitimate, authentic unchallenged source that 'proves' the claim you are making with regard to Muhammed and Aisha. As you are just a bigot, not a historian, there is little point in entering into debate with you as you cannot read Arabic and you don't know how to treat source material or access and evaluate other, conflicting accounts. Sane posters can learn a little more here.

8/12/2005 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim among many other hadith narrators have all reported that Ayesha was 6 years old when weded and 8 years old when copulated.

The historical record is clear. Of course you can always google an opposing view. But history cannot be revised.

8/12/2005 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how about charlatan Mohammad assassinating and torturing his opponents? Or that he owned and raped slaves. These are all well reported and are part of the historical record. You dont need Arabic to read about this as translationas are abound.

Why dont you accept the fact that Mohammad did commit atrocities in his life time, many of which was common practice back in 621 Arabia.

Your cheap revisionism is not going to wipe the record clean. Question is why narrow minded people like you believe without any shred of evidence and reason that Mohammad was some sort of Saint. He was more of a politician and a ruler.

8/12/2005 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8/13/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8/13/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you're out. Now be careful and stay away from Riverbend and other terrorist sympathizers...

8/13/2005 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

stay away from Riverbend and other terrorist sympathizers...

Liar. Show some proof of this spurious assertion or STFU.

8/13/2005 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8/14/2005 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8/14/2005 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Ollie said...

04:08:53 PM,

You toss out so much misinformation and rhetoric, your post is just a waste of space

8/14/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason Mraz

8/15/2005 06:45:00 AM  
Blogger emigre said...

Anonymous, your credibility evapourated several years ago - if you even ever had any then.

Riverbend is one of the most lucid writers on the web, she is a leading light and your pitiful attempts to distort her prism only make her more vibrant and you more lacklustre.

8/15/2005 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Neighbor of Riverbend said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8/15/2005 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anti-distortionist said...

>even for a high official of Saddam's government.

Liar. Prove this allegation or STFU.

8/15/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Combat Doc said...

I can't speak for all that happens in Iraq but I do know that in the end you are freer and Iraq will be able to choose even if you don't like the choice. Keep blogging!!!

8/15/2005 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Combat Doc,

Freedom? Are you insane? Go Home, idiot, I hope your observation skills are better as a physician then they are as a centcom shill.

8/15/2005 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Hi guy!
thank you for your lovely comments:)
i deleted a bunch of spam comments and comments that aim to smear the reputaion of fine and truthful people with no evidences at all.
i wish you all a nice day.

ps: i cant deny that i love that delete-comment button!

ps2: Riverbend is fine, she is just busy:)

8/15/2005 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger stuart alfred said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8/16/2005 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Charlotta said...

Stuart Alfred,

Tell the truth, you wrote this post as an IP trap, no?

That or you are writing from prison, up on charges for being a serial murderer.

My guess is the former.

8/16/2005 11:42:00 PM  
Blogger Jack Bennett said...

khalid, I'm glad you're OK and safe. I was afraid you were taken because of blogging and am sad to see I was right (and even worse it was just for reading blogs)! I haven't always agreed with everything you've written but its obvious you're no terrorist, anyone with any familarity with English can see that. One would think that they would actually have someone who understood the blog you were reading (like the judge) check it out before they arrested you! With all the violence and bombs in Iraq at this moment I still can't get over the Iraqi police/intelligence wasting time and manpower investigating bloggers and web surfers.

Thankfully you and your family came out alright.

8/17/2005 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuart Alfred is a sick dude

8/17/2005 12:08:00 PM  
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Blogger nascarblue said...

Khalid, I am so glad you're ok. Would you be interested in doing a radio interview or writing an article on your opinion of how you saw things being run from behind bars? Bush keeps saying how the US cannot leave until the Iraqis are trained and can protect the country. If you were to write about what you saw and how everyday Iraqi's know about the ING, you could write a powerful article. What do you think?

8/18/2005 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Ian Hood said...

Khalid - Its great you're out. The stories of the guys left behind is truly horrifying. Its time for us to keep up the pressure on Bush & Blair
Look out for our demonstration in London on September 24. I think there's one in Washington on the same day.

All the best

8/18/2005 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Khalid! Hey, I was getting worried there for a second; you haven't posted in a while. Good to see you around again. I'll write an email soon as I can.


(I hope you don't mind me linking to your brother's blog from here - there is a subsection by our mutual friend that is not immediately apparent there.)

Here is an excellent source of information for anybody who wants to learn more of the events in Iraq:

contains posts and links by Sahir.

8/19/2005 08:49:00 AM  
Blogger Bruno said...

PS thanks for the news on Riverbend!

8/19/2005 08:51:00 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Please know that not all Americans support the policies of their government and the occupation of Iraq. I am sorry for the atrocities committed by my country in the name of freedom. I applaud your courage to speak out.

8/19/2005 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...


Great link, thanks. It has a lot of stuff I'd never have found on my own.

8/19/2005 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous john said...

I'm glad that you're OK. Thanks for publishing this journal. I think it's great.

8/20/2005 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger vnv4 said...

I hadn't read Riverbend's blog for a while and when I stopped at it tonight, I read about your frightening experience. I am glad you are back with your family. It was hard to read about what you went through and those other men who are still there; very scary, indeed! You have a good blog here and I will be looking forward to reading more. By the way, it may not mean much but, I am ashamed of what the U.S. has, and is, doing to your country and the people.

8/21/2005 03:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I just now looked at Family in Baghdad's blog -- i used to look at it every day, but then stopped about 6 months ago -- I was too depressed about this horrible war and what it is doing to the Iraqi people and to the American people and the world. I'm glad Khalid is safe and glad the family is in Jordan. I read about Riverbend in a local paper -- her words are a part of a play here in New York. I always, from the beginning, loved Riverbend's blog -- she is a wonderful writer and her words deserve all the attention she can get. Sincerely, Nancy Haiduck (from the Bronx)

8/21/2005 07:14:00 PM  
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Blogger Nessa said...

My heart broke in pieces when I read your story. As an American, I'm trying really hard to learn as much as I can about the truth of what's going on. It's hard since our media refuses to tell the complete truth. Thank you for this blog and God Bless you.

8/23/2005 02:38:00 AM  
Blogger Putting the Grrr back in to Girl said...

ya khalid, shukran shukran shukran for this account, is so important that voices like yours are heard in amrika. ana taaliba fi new york wa badrus al-3arabiyya fi'il-jami3a. i will keep reading your blog. in the meanwhile please feel free to check out mine: allah khallayk ya 3azizi.

8/23/2005 03:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are back "safe" ... or relatively so.

8/24/2005 11:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Entrophia said...

You are very brave. I admire you greatly for this, but also that you use your courage in a wise way.

8/25/2005 01:44:00 AM  
Blogger AussieFem said...

Good to hear from you Khalid. I look forward to readingmore blogs.

8/25/2005 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger Lis Riba said...

BTW, have you heard anything from Riverbend? She hasn't posted in nearly a month-and-a-half and general readers are getting concerned.

8/28/2005 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where's riverbend? nothing in a looong time, Riverbend, I hope you're OK!

8/29/2005 01:25:00 AM  
Blogger Alvaro Frota said...


Quando li o blog de Riverbend, senti um frio na espinha. Quando li o seu blog, que grande alívio: você está livre!

Longa vida para os que resistem no Iraque!

Álvaro Frota

8/29/2005 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger aparna said...

Hi glad to know that you are safe. So is riverbend I hope!

Take care all of you and keep writing!

8/30/2005 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As both an American and a soldier, I was mortified to read this account... I have never been to your country, but I have repeatedly heard of the "progress" America has been making there... If this is progress, then sir, I apologize most profusely for what my countrymen have allowed to propigate throughout your land.

Our soldiers do wish your people well-- I'm sorry we can't rectify this situation at once... I only pray that this kind of brutality well eventually end, and that your country comes to know peace and democracy.

Salaam (is that the correct expression?)

Anonymous Airman

8/31/2005 06:07:00 PM  
Blogger firedawg said...

Our prayers were answered.
Glad that you are free.

9/02/2005 03:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is outrageous. I found this blog looking for more information on Iraq after watching "gunner palace" and reading something on the net about it being a light potrayal of the situation, missing the "ugly" parts.

This is similar to the way the government deals with political dissidents in latin america.

I was reading about Tony Blair going against "hate preachers". Man, this is hate preaching: soldiers breaking into your house in the middle of the night, kidnapping your loved ones, sending them to a dungeon, where you know they're going to be tortured. That is terrorism, and it's coming right from the institutions, and the governments.

This site needs to be read around the world and we NEED TO WAKE UP!

9/06/2005 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you blog anymore?

9/06/2005 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear Raed has decided to close the blog but I can understand what he has had to deal with.

Fear is a powerful tool as our leaders continue to remind us. Hopefully the Iraqi people will get to live in peace soon and the fear mongering that our politicians and media have been using to justify their existence will soon become a thing of the past.

Perhaps we need to elect psychics so we can at least have credible seers of the future in power.

9/08/2005 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Michele said...

I guess you'll be closing up comments soon too, like Raed.

Just wanted to say how much I appreciate both your blogs and to wish you and your family all the best.

9/09/2005 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger Michael McGehee said...

yeah it sucks, im considering the same.

9/10/2005 04:08:00 AM  
Blogger Claude Dorsel said...

Yes, Khalid, do tell Raed how sorry we are those idiots won. I will continue to read your family's blogs, of course !

9/11/2005 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger readinthemiddle said...

i set up this account as a parity to raed's blog. i am only doing this so comments can be posted to his blog. his posts will be posted here UNALTERED so he can relinquish responsibility of the consequences of having comments on his own blog. I hope people will greet this with understanding. I'm doing this for you raed.

9/13/2005 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger pietro said...

I found Faiza's comments on the Middle East to be very inciteful.I hope you will all continue to voice your opinions.

9/13/2005 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Magazine Subscription said...

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9/14/2005 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous C-H said...


Is everything okay? Not a word from you or your brother in quite a while and it has been over a week since Sahir has posted anything as well. Please let us know.

9/19/2005 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey big guy, we miss your posts! everything ok?

9/20/2005 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...


Raed and the rest of you must not stop your regular blogs. It is vital that your message get's out and is heard. There are many of us who wish the best for Iraq, but realise that things are not going the right way at the moment.

Stay safe and keep blogging

9/21/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Worried Muslima said...

All of the REGULAR bloggers from Baghdad have gone silent. What is happening? I come from a very long line of paranoid Iraqis, so of course: I asume something must be wrong. How happy I will be, if I am wrong! If there is nothing in a week, I will assume "No answer is an answer." Where is the Magician/Sahir from Raeds? It is 10 days and counting...

9/22/2005 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Z said...

Sahir has a history of affecting people's hearts and disappearing. He has valid security issues but it seems he uses them to his advantage. Don't expect him turn up at any of his old haunts, he never goes back. He doesn't do relationships well.

9/23/2005 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You your mother and brother are a bunch of spotlight grabbing losers.

9/25/2005 01:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What the hell are you talking about? It has been 17days since Raed last posted and his mom has not posted in 4. No one has heard from Sahir in 13 days.

9/25/2005 03:45:00 AM  
Anonymous pietro said...

raed, be careful not to eat any tiny little pills or paper, Or was that a different decade?

9/26/2005 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Michele said...

Hey Raed, have a great time in San Francisco. I hope you get a chance to see a little bit of the West Coast, and geta chance to go up to Vancouver to see your brother.

9/29/2005 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Amurra said...


I know in your own weird way you are trying to make me feel better but you are not helping. It is now 17 days since anyone has heard from Sahir. I'm trying not to panic. If anyone has heard from Sahir please get in touch with me.

9/29/2005 02:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's fine, just busy is all.

9/29/2005 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Amurra, I'll second that comment by anonymous. Don't worry, the Magician will be back ... ;)

9/29/2005 01:55:00 PM  
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your blog has made me think twice about what it means to be Iraqi. I have never lived/visited Iraq and now that I live in Canada I sometimes find myself focussing more on my Islamic identity only... I think I need to revist what having Iraqi heritage means for me. Thanks and good luck. I can't offer you anything except al-du3aa2. Stay fast with saltul-7aaja.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khalid, check out the story of the "secret" prison that has just been exposed in the news, with many interviews with detainees who say they were mistreated.Is this where you were held?

"I saw signs of physical abuse by brutal beating. One or two detainees were paralysed. And some had their skin peeled off various parts of their body."

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