There are so many untold stories, but this is of a particular type that is almost completely ignored by our cynical mainstream media overlords. Shawn Macumber at NRO:
Samarra, Iraq — Riyadh "Ali" Alibrahimi, a veteran of both the Iraqi army and the Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein in the wake of the first Gulf War, was comfortably ensconced in his adopted home of Boston, Massachusetts when Operation Iraqi Freedom got under way. Yet, despite all the war, terror, and horror he'd seen in his life, Alibrahimi has returned to Iraq as a translator for Coalition forces serving with the 3rd Battalion in the volatile (yet steadily improving) Sunni-dominated city of Samarra, approximately 60 miles north of Baghdad.
"I still owe the United States whatever I can offer," Alibrahimi, who barely escaped Hussein's murderous postwar rage in 1991, explained. "No one else came to save my people. No other Arab or Islamic country tried to get Saddam to stop killing us. Without America, I would still be a refugee and there would be no election here, no constitution, and no freedom. We would be living under Saddam and his sons forever. I had to come."
The cruelties this man survived almost shame me. Compared to his, my normal American life is one of royal ease and security:
After two months in Kuwait, Alibrahimi had had enough. He defected, hiding in a small village. When the Coalition attacked, Alibrahimi answered President George H. W. Bush's call for Shiites to rise up. But no help ever arrived.
"I ask myself everyday, 'Why did they stop?'" he said. "I'm sure there is a reason, but I will never know it. We lost our revolution. Saddam killed everybody. He buried Shiites alive. Many of my friends disappeared and have never been found."...
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