April 6, 2003: Headlines: COS - Moldova: Iraq: Huntington Herald Dispatch: PCV in Moldova says Reactions range from uncertain to outraged a time zone away from Iraq

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PCV in Moldova says Reactions range from uncertain to outraged a time zone away from Iraq

PCV in Moldova says Reactions range from uncertain to outraged a time zone away from Iraq

Reactions range from uncertain to outraged a time zone away from Iraq

By NICOLE SHEETS - Moldova column

April. Iíve shed my faux fur coat for the lighter wool one. Thereís nothing green on the ground or in the trees, yet. And as war unfolds one time zone away, life lopes along here at roughly its usual gait.

I should say Iíve never thought of myself as a political person; I lose my footing when a conversation veers that way.

Moldovans ask about war, but their questions arenít barbed. I've sensed no cold shoulder since the war began, and I feel no more imperiled as an American living in Moldova than I did when I arrived last summer (which is to say "not very").

One Friday after my classes, a colleague asked me my take on the war. I feel sad, I said. I feel like Iíll never know the whole story, even if I read every news article I can get my hands on. And in the next breath she asked, "Do American men make good husbands?"

A similar thing happened when some Peace Corps volunteers came to my university to discuss an article about American values. I had expected a lot of Iraq talk, but studentsí war questions, if they came up at all, were sandwiched between other queries ("Do Americans have close relationships with their parents?", "What were your first impressions of Moldova?")

The reaction to war from Americans I know here ranges from uncertainty to outrage. (Peace Corps is a politically neutral organization, but youíd be hard pressed to find many hawks in our ranks. Maybe it comes with the name?)

I read a lot of e-mail and news on the Internet these days. My parents say the war makes me seem even farther away. A university friend says the "passing of the peace" at church makes her weep for the world. I receive a forwarded message about sending "prayer scuds" to protect U.S. troops and hasten warís end. And a forward to light a candle as a symbol of "waging peace."

I watch the teenagers standing around in the thawed-out courtyard by the apartment building I moved into last month.

I chide myself for being a perennial fence-sitter, safely on my perch instead of planting my feet on the ground where they can do some good.

And at times I use both "weapons" -- the candle and the prayer.

Nicole Sheets is a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova. Her e-mail address is moldovanicole@yahoo.com. Her column appears on the Life page the first Sunday of each month.

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