You are Optimus Prime! You are a natural born
leader, brave and selfless and you will fight
to the bitter end for peace and freedom. You
have extensive knowledge in just about
everything from art to the art of war. You
would be a better leader if you were more
ruthless, but then you just wouldn’t be Optimus
Prime. Roll out with your bad self!
Which is completely frivolous, after reading all the horrible news coming out of Iraq. Zeynep Tugrul, a Turkish journalist and woman, spent four days as a captive in Northern Iraq. She says:
“I saw that around Mosul, everybody is the resistance – not terrorists, but not civilians really either,” she said. “They used the small kids to bring them water, and nobody treated them like children. They’d be with the men who were talking about cutting heads, and the kids would be standing guard, like little men, so you become afraid of the children too.”
The original kidnappers in Tal Afar appeared ready to release her and Mr. Taylor once they were convinced they were journalists, but other groups expressed only bottomless hate.
“The last group,” she said, shuddering as she recalled how they kicked her and whipped her with a spiked belt, “they just wanted to torture for nothing.”
You can read the whole interview at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/24/international/europe/24hostage.html