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Do you expect them to learn forgiveness? -Tribal reconciliation in Balad

(Lt. Col. Robert McCarthy talks with Mayor Amir inside a fabric shop in the city center.)

Balad, Iraq-
In a city that has become known across the province for more than 500 reconciliations of local men with U.S. and Iraqi Security Forces, a broader reconciliation has been ongoing between Shia tribes who dominate the city and Sunni tribes who ring the outlying towns.

Balad was infamous for sectarian bloodshed in 2006. More than 57 people were killed when Sunni insurgents killed at least 14 Shiite farmworkers. Shias killed scores of Sunni in reprisals. U.S. forces were accused of not intervening soon enough to stop the killings. The Iraqi Army was finally sent to step in.

Iraqi reporters, who Tuesday went to Balad to cover reconciliation progress, know first hand about the terrible rifts caused by sectarianism. Mustafa, an Iraqi TV reporter from Baghdad, told a story of a young m

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Added: Jun-30-2008 
By: thelastmexican
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Iraq, Middle East
Tags: balad, iraq, reconciliation, soldiers
Location: Balad, Salah ad Din, Iraq (load item map)
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  • Do you expect your own people to learn forgivnes? for 9/11 ?
    Do you expect the jewesh people to learn forgiveness for what hitler did to them?
    Do you expect the kines/japanes/thoes who lived in hiroshima, to accept forgiveness?

    well .. i dont think so

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    • As for Japan, I didn't know they had terrorism problems, in fact they are flourishing, especially in the field of robotics, so if that isn't forgiveness, they certainly have the brain power to move on and now we are friends, plus there are thousands upon thousands of Americans working there, as there are Japanese here, so that's a bad analogy.

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    • you miss the point, read agien

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