Another email from someone who'd like to proactively foster discussion, and perhaps eventually peace and understanding, by writing across the webwaves. From Paul...
My name is Paul, im 30 yo from Ballarat Vic. Like so many others I am devestated although hardly surprised by the mainstream media coverage of the invasion and ongoing occupation. The use of the media as a weapon by corporate interests and our wonderful open honest and accountable government have sickened me to the core. More frightening is how effective and easily digested it is by the majority of Australian people. I realise it's nothing new but the use of language and image to dehuminise and demonise the iraqi people in western media is an absolute outrage. It's particularly the word "liberated" that interests me; what, we're drawing comparisons between Fallujah and WW2 Paris?? Anyhow, I feel as one who can see throught he shit, that I have a responsibility to gain further insight and hence actively convey that knowledge. To facilitate this it would be great to have dialogue with an iraqi pen pal, It is important for me to gain the first hand experience of life in Iraq and to hopefully build a friendship. Would greatly appreciate it if you could..
If you'd like to reply to Paul he's happy for you to have a whack in the comments. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded to him.