Oakland is not a war zone! Oakland is a beautiful city!

Yesterday the SF Chronicle ran a story about an Iraqi man who has relocated to Oakland and how he now feels living in Oakland is worse than living in war torn Iraq, fearing for his safety etc. As someone from east Oakland I'm pouring salt on this perspective not because there isn't violence in my city, but because it's not a war zone. War zone's get bombed from the sky, have car bombs go off in crowded markets, and have an active opposition fighting another opposition, amongst other atrocities. I see none of this going on in Oakland today, yesterday nor at any time in 2011 and before! And for those who think Oakland is a war zone, I request more examples because I have found no such evidence!