I saw this story on the BBC News Headlines this afternoon. I am not completely sure why the story showed up today. Perhaps there is something wrong with their RSS feed.
While the story is from May, it reminded me of the power blogging has for connecting people through personal stories. Last summer during the Israel-Hezbollah-Lebanon conflict I found reading the accounts of regular people experiencing the fighting to be so much more interesting and personally insightful than what you could find on the news. I had this same experience a few weeks ago when the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Take a look at some of the blogs profiled in the story. Your perception of what it must be like to be a regular Iraqi citizen will definitely change. I know mine did. I even subscribed to a few of these blogs just to see what they might post during the next few months.
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