Sunday, July 31, 2005

Reasons to be more frustrated in Iraq (as if there weren’t enough already )


- The extreme deterioration of services and the absolute absence of security in the streets of Iraq is really taking it’s toll on the patient and long suffering Iraqis .
The assassination of three members of the constitution committee sent various but quite disappointing messages to Iraqis anticipating democracy. All that in addition to:-

-Including Furs ( Persians ) as a main nationality in the
draft of the Iraqi constitution, what is that supposed to mean anyway!!! In what part of Iraq do these “Furs” live? why didn’t we know of them till now ???

- Al Jafari’s visit to the grave of Khumaini in Iran hurt a lot of feelings out there. Many wounds of the Iraq-Iran war have not yet healed , of course we all want to move on and leave agonizing memories behind us and we also know that the Iranian people were just as unfortunate as we were, but that does not mean that their leader should visit Saddam wherever he is locked up if he decides to drop by for a cup or (a Stikan) of tea someday.
Every and each Iraqi family has horrid memories of that gloomy period , An invalid here, a mentally handicapped ex POW there, not mentioning those who just vanished without further information and left tragedies behind them .
Many will say that Saddam is the one and only one to blame for that war , but still visiting Khumaini’s grave was not necessary, what was he exactly thanking him for ??? I think he should think of complementing his own people instead of his neighbors.

-Another reason for despair is the constant insisting on converting Iraq to an Islamic Republic .
The whole War according to conspiracy theories was to stop the ambitious expansion of Iran and to disrupt exporting the Islamic Revolution by unleashing Saddam (being as initiative and prepared to please the west as he was back then) to do that job for the World. As a result millions were killed from both sides but the mission was actually accomplished. Khumeni was stalled by the Angel of death’s arrival before finishing what he had started and he pronounced his lethal words having to sign the seize fire document “ by Allah it is like having to drink poison”, So why is his legacy still living? why is there a strive to throw Iraq into the cold embrace of Iran and form such a republic . The suggestion of ( the Islamic Federal Republic of Iraq ) is rather confusing .

- The attempt to pass law 137 (meaning the cancel of Personal Law) is really becoming a topic everywhere .
It is acceptable for women to die, to work and hold the country together while men were getting killed , to get abducted, tormented, raped but they are still not considered equal .Equal in duties but not in rights.
The new forming gap between Sunnis and Shies is likely to widen if that law is passed, because there are differences in the interpretation of many aspects of Sharia. But since the law has been one for both sides till now, no one really cared about it when it came to marriage for instance .You knew that your rights would be preserved anyway by the law if it came to divorce or inheritance . Thus it is more than natural to find in one family a Sunni and a Shii.
If this law is passed it will be a matter to consider, how can you marry some one who has different conventions ruling marriage and inheritance? you will have to convert . It means emphasizing differences that no one actually sensed before.

-The other frustrating issue: is that all Iraqis are seeing the concern of other governments when it comes to compensating victims of terror attacks .But in Iraq these things just pass by unmentioned. If Iraqis have already lost hope in their government shouldn’t some one else take care of that ? why shouldn’t some of the really capable and wealthy Iraqis take this humanitarian mission into their hands . Compensating a family that lost everything with a reasonable sum to start again can not be that difficult .

-And the last thing , why is it when freedom or democracy is mentioned these two words are synonymous to immorality ,decadence and depravity :
We must maintain our Arabic and Islamic values and principals they say! who said the opposite, the natural question arises , freedom of choice and will is the pedestal of Islam. Why should we fear to be free that much ?

Monday, July 25, 2005


Dead Iraqis Society

Two days ago another car exploded at the entrance of the same center for volunteering near Al Muthana Airport.May be this is the seventh time it happens .
I mean come on lightning does not actually strike twice the same place! , something here just does not fit .
Any moron could solve this dilemma, either you move the flaming center from there , or the volunteers stop going there … Great ,We are getting somewhere here …
Not considering the first solution is provoking all kinds of conspiracy theories in the Iraqi cafés and shops , people are swearing by the almighty Allah that the Americans are deliberately assembling Iraqi males there to get rid of them bit by bit , well we really can’t do much about that can we ? …
The second possible solution is that the Iraqis just have to stop going there.
By the way, why do they keep going on and on and on , why do they insist on living? why do they just keep going to enlist to death .
Well ladies and Gents because they don’t have much of a choice !. I t is the center for enlisting after all, and every single one of these poor people uses this logical formula each and every morning : There is a probability law ain’t there ? … so may be I’ll get blasted away to the other world today or I may not … but if I stay here hanging around there is only one probability : I will starve , so its of to the interview with the soul reaper .

And that is how we are all living here : by the LAW OF PROBABILITY.

The manual on how to get killed in Iraq

It was another frantic day in Baghdad and Musaiab .
Before danger used to come only from one source . If some one got killed, kidnapped, tortured the answer to the question “who did it ? “ could only be one : SADDAM AND HIS MERRY MEN . Yet, how many Mini SADDAMS are wandering round the wrecks with blood stained hands and blood dripping fangs at the present ? only God knows .
The streets of Baghdad today are a freaky place.
Death comes from :
- Reckless or panicking US soldiers who want to get through the bloody streets as fast as their wheels can Go so you could easily get crashed or shot ,
- Or street gangs who are stripping some poor devil from his hard earned car,
- Or a political group that has some home work to do before elections and needs badly to remove some thorns from the stem of the power flower,
- Or revenge actions against ex-hang men, or religious clashes between the traditional rivals.
- Or fanatic Islamic human bombs who are exported to us with the complements of our loving neighbors.
- And last but not least Military operations , in which you are no necessarily an active participant , (Refer to the latest Oxford study on civilian casualties in Iraq).

In addition to all the above mentioned : no electricity well nearly , some times no water ( if available usually polluted) and no jobs which means consequently more trouble on the streets.

-Mary Antwanette : Why are those People angry Monsieur ???
-Because they are starving they don’t have enough bread your Majesty.
-Mary Antwanette : But Why don’t they eat cake instead !!!

For the past few days the electricity has been a bitch . I’ve been blowing my head off with fits of frustration and despair and vows to …. Do nothing and just shut up as I always have .
Even the well informed on every issue Oprah opened her mouth wide when an Iraqi woman told her in her talk show that electricity is still a tragedy in Iraq .
The heat reached 52 degrees it’s just like a wing in hell, all the other surroundings are there too , you know lots of demons , misery and pain …
After a wretched night I woke up as though I’ve been run down by a train. I took a blistering hot shower and went to the crummy office I work in consoling myself that the Generator will compensate me , yet alas the Generator Dude said that he had it on all night so we’ll just have to put up with his unfair resolution to keep it off “ besides there is no Gas” . We sat in a sauna like atmosphere me and my two mates gazing in one another’s eyes stupefied with our impotency to change the world , then M.. went and brought us canes of coke we gulped them instantaneously ,it didn’t help , when our eyes finally started to look suspiciously insane The Boss of all Bosses told us generously that we may leave an hour earlier !
Hurray… but what hurray , when I got home after a walk reminding me of that part when Peter O’tool and Omar Sharief walked through the desert in “Lawrence of Arabia” I reached home and I had to bang my fist blue on the scalding door to be heard. I went in and found it even hotter . In the living room His Dad’s Ship was sitting in front of the tube watching some relaxed “not hot” guy…what Dad he is the Minister of Electricity …oh I see . You know those times when some one makes a statement that you really I mean really don’t need to hear something that is ridiculously inappropriate . like asking some one in Iraq the unforgivable question : How was your Day? … well that is what happened with that Minister chap they ask him about the flaming electricity and he asked the Iraqi people to economize with it !!! he said use fans, why don’t you use fans? if all Iraqis use fans there would be no problem at allllllllll . His Dad’s ship reacted very calmly to that exasperating remark and continued drinking his hot hot Iraqi tea sitting under a slow slow fan operating on a loud loud street generator and finally said : But electricity is a necessity for us not a luxury you twat ... another sip of tea . ….

Next stop Rawa

Today military operations started in Rawa , what will they lead to still not clear …

We only live twice !!!

Watched a film about the last day in Nikolai Chauchesko’s life . I remember that day well. But honestly I’ve heard that history repeats itself but to that extent ! amazing !!
Yesterday they released footages of Saddam’s interrogation hearings and this time his voice was clear , he is still living on a planet of his own. His exact words were : I do not recognize this court, who appointed you …
The exact words of Chauchesko were : I do not recognize this court who appointed you .

London was alarmed by Gun shots today, five shots they said I repeat five.
I love London such a quite place, downtown Baghdad five bombs/day is acceptable …. quite acceptable.
Thank God it was not like the last attack, only one man was injured.


A holocaust poem
First they came for the Jews, I did not care because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists, I did not care because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, I did not care because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to care for me.
A friend of mine told me that he is in despair cause his hair is getting to long and he is starting to resemble a made street tramp , but the trouble is that his favorite barber got killed a week or two ago.
Another friend told me that her hairdresser is cutting only her trustworthy costumers hair at home after receiving an unambiguous death threat , so she had to close her beauty salon …
Well what will happen will they all close down ? Hairdressers: yes, since all women should cover up , but barbers are allowed to cut strictly with accordance to certain hair regulations imposed by the assaulters . Of course some barber shops and hairdressers have been attacked or burned down . And the police … zero attention , zero action .
CD shops, hairdressers what next schools, colleges , grocery shops …… people are just abiding with these rules.
It takes a whole nation to stand against terror , but who has the time , so many other things to do !

WOMEN GO HOME “ It used to be Yankees go home in the olden days! “

The first time in my life and may be it is also the first time in women’s movements history that women held up banners where the following slogan appeared : NO TO EMANCIPATION. I repeat: the banners were carried by women .that all took place in a demonstration held in reply to a previous demonstration where women protested against regulation No. 137.


No war is far enough….

Egypt was attacked today, casualties immense , till now 88 deaths and more to come. Most and I emphasize most Arabs think that this is cool, you know resisting the invaders by killing more civilians, well really I don’t see the link

If I cripple a country and sow fear in order to lock people in their homes and deprive them their chances to earn money honestly then my message is delivered… victory ... that means that God and his prophets have absolutely nothing to do with all this : it is just a battle for the ultimate state of control …
The mistakes of shortsighted politicians led to such tragedies. America and some Arab governments empowered these terrorists to do their dirty work outside their territories , but monsters often turn against their creators …

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