Iraq, home of ancient Babylon's ruins and modern warfare's ravages, is several heartbeats from Milwaukee via telephone.
And many heartaches.
For Milwaukee resident Sabah Fouad, 47, it is the homeland where two young nieces died last year because there was no medicine to treat their illnesses.
"Constantly I talk to them," said Fouad, who returned for a visit in 1995 and who telephones his four sisters in Baghdad often. "They tell me they are hungry, they don't have medication. It's very bad. They sold the doors in the houses – closet doors, bedroom doors, furniture – so they can have food."
For Baghdad native Hamid Alwan, 61, owner of an east side jewelry and import store, Baghdad is a surrealistic city where inflation is measured in thousands of percents and mothers hold emaciated children while begging on street corners.
"When Clinton talks that we are trying to destroy Saddam's weapons of mass desctruction so that we can save our children, aren't the Iraqi children a member of the world community?"
"What the US has done, really, is to dehumanize all of Iraq in the image of one man, Saddam Hussein. (They say), 'We're going to do this to Saddam. We're going to do that to Saddam.' But Saddam is not the only man who lives in Iraq," added Alwan, who was critical of air attacks during the Gulf War on water purification plants and other parts of the Iraqi infrastructure.
"When you bomb Baghdad, a city of 4 ½ million, you are definitely killing civilians…The Iraqi government isn't suffering. The people of Iraq are suffering, are (carrying) the weight of all this embargo against Iraq."
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I CAN’T UNDERSTAND A WORD YOU’RE SAYING.
(Penguin:) YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT THE ONLY ONE, MY FRIEND.