Some might call it a bit of political one-upmanship, but I have to commend Boulder's Jared Polis for a brave decision to travel to Iraq and check out the war that he strongly opposes.
Polis, running for Colorado's 2nd Congressional seat, is both blogging about his trip at Polis for Congress Web site, then he'll have a live conference call this Friday, with plans for town hall meetings on his return, with one planned for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Boulder's Dairy Center.
Polis, who is gay, talks openly on his Web site about how he was warned about the danger of traveling in Iraq, where gay and lesbian Iraqis already have been killed. He also writes about how several safehouses for gay and lesbian Iraqis have been attacked and several have had to close. More information on that is found at another blog, by an organization supporting gay rights in Iraq.
Polis, in his first posting from Amman, Jordan, says he is looking at some of the NGOs, or nonprofit organizations, that seem to be getting things accomplished better in Iraq than government entities. He's traveling to Iraq with a representation of the United Way, and I will be interested to see which organizations he finds are doing good jobs there.