You didn’t like MJ did you ?
Well, when i say “you” i mean , most of you listening in the U.S- she didn’t seem to bother anyone else.
For those who didn’t hear the programme, MJ is a “Gold Star Mom” – that is, a woman who’s son died serving his country in Iraq.
We invited her on to the programme (she’s been on before) because we wanted to hear people who’s lives have been directly touched by the conflict.
She was on with WHYS regular Lubna , John – who served 4 years in Iraq , and Tahgreed, an Iraqi who has also lost loved ones during the war – they all have .
So that was the main cast – all invited by us, all touched very directly by the war, and all having been on the programme before.
Three of the 4 escaped criticism from you, but not MJ.
Some of the attacks on her were just personal and offensive and i’m not going to dignify those with a reply – if you can’t be civil, please find another forum to vent your spleen – or better still, start your own !
So let’s deal with your other criticisms ;
* “MJ doesn’t represent our country “, ” How dare she speak for us” etc… :
Well, no-one said she did represent the U.S, she spoke only for herself just as the others did. Lubna wasn’t speaking for Iraq, but she is an Iraqi. MJ wasn’t billed as anything other than a woman who’d lost her son during the conflict in Iraq. She doesn’t even speak for other Gold Star Moms.
* “She’s wrong about the war” , “she has an ideology that fails to allow her to understand what’s happened over the last 8 years “, etc :
I’ll take a wild guess here but i’m betting that MJ didn’t vote Democrat last time (though i don’t know that – it’s a guess). She made it clear that despite the loss of her son, she supported the war, supported President Bush (who was, as i recall, elected twice, the second time even after the action in Iraq) and doesn’t much care for the current administration. Again, she’s not alone in that, but this seemed to be a step too far for a lot of you.
* “She’s patronisng, condescending” , “she has a high-handed manner” :
Fair enough, a lot of people blanched at the ” we didn’t send you a bill ” remark and when she asked whether Lubna wore a hijab, but Lubna didn’t. Both MJ and Lubna were very happy afterwards and have – sperately- talked about the situation improving enough in Baghdad for us to do a programme there, with MJ taking part.
What struck me from your responses (in the main) was the almost total sympathy you have for Lubna and her losses and hardships, (as all of us who have followed her story do) and how little you had for MJ and her loss – because you didn’t like her politics, or her manner.
Off you go, tell me i’m wrong.