Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Iraqi Anger at Foreign Arabs Grows

I got this from the Sandmonkey, who writes "Well, with foriegn arabs flocking to Iraq to blow themselves up and funding iraqis to do the same, not to mention the redicilous arab worship to Sadam and Zarqawi, I am surprised this didn't happen sooner!"

Anger at foreign Arabs builds in Iraq
By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer Mon Feb 19, 3:18 AM ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The wealthy Arab man, sporting a foreign accent, has just given an Iraqi teenager some cash and a bomb when police burst in and arrest him. "You come here from abroad and want to make this young man kill his Iraqi brothers?" an officer asks.

The television ad, widely aired across Iraq in recent weeks and meant to encourage Iraqis to report suspicious behavior to police, is a startling example of a new strain of anger and discrimination against foreign Arabs in this Arab-majority country.

Suspicion toward foreign Arabs stems, in part, from the fact that the Sunni-led insurgency has included many foreign fighters, most of them Arabs, who are blamed for deadly attacks that have claimed thousands of Iraqi lives.

Foreign Arabs who live in Iraq often try to hide their identities by faking an Iraqi accent or staying silent. Iraqis are usually suspicious when they hear a person speaking Arabic with a non-Iraqi accent.

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