Just a brief update to suggest a blog you must read. I'm not sure this is legitimate, but it sure has the ring of truth to it:
Baghdad Burning --
Girl Blog from Iraq... let's talk war, politics and occupation.
I'm also going to add a permanent link to this blog at the bottom of this page with my other links. This blog gives Americans another perspective, and as a fiction writer, I've always found it is quite enlightening to "walk a mile in the other person's shoes." Empathy is a good start on understanding. Try it.