The thoughts of an Iraqi living outside Iraq about the whole situation.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Monday, May 30, 2005
A New Blogger
Please join me in welcoming Myst to the blogsphere. She has been a regular commentator on this website and has finally decided to take the plunge. Hopefully that will not deter her from visiting here once in a while. ;)
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
We heard a press comment from our foreign minister about our country (Syria) restoring diplomatic relations for the first time in years with Iraq.
I always felt that Iraq is a very far away country, like it is in another continent, in another world. I was raised as all Syrians were on the idea that Iraq was an enemy. The disagreement between the ruling Baathist parties in both countries was fierce. This rivalry was in turn reflected in the relation between the both sets of people. Our eastern borders were closed, nobody used to cross it. Still in my passport the words that allows me to visit all countries, added to it in thick blue pen “except Iraq”.
During the first gulf war, the Syrians hid their feelings, which were hostile towards the US and in support of Iraq. Syria joined the international coalition, but people’s feelings were with Iraq, which was being bombed mercilessly. Nobody showed their feelings when the blood in amarya air raid shelter was spilt. There was a wall of fear, which was separating us from the closed and mysterious Iraq.
Our feelings died after the war due to the disillusionment during the war and after it. The borders were still closed and behind it there were people who were surrounded internally and externally. People who were oppressed and hungry in the same time.
The relationships improved before the regime’s downfall, the borders were reopened and the words “except Iraq” were dropped. But psychologically Iraq was still far and mysterious at the same time.
And then, the American war against Iraq started. This time the Syrian people were allowed to show their real feelings as it suited our government objectives. For a moment we felt Iraq was near but after the war ended, the wall came back even higher. There was an occupation army, bombs, terrorism, sectarianism, mass graves, kidnappings and beheadings. There was an American army, threats, and fear of chaos, destruction and democracy.
Today, even if the relationships would come back the wall has become higher, and Iraq is far away.
Translated from a Syrian blog called hunadimashaq (Here is Damascus).
Iraq is very near. Just remember in your hour of need,Iraqi soldiers were defending Damascus in 1973, and in our hour of need you accepted 200,000 refugees giving them a new lifeline out of the clutches of Saddam, when the French, Jordanians, and Kuwaitis were sending back dissidents to Saddam to be executed. You were there helping, while British immigration officers were harassing Iraqi asylum seekers, wondering why they were escaping Saddam. You were there helping, while Rumsfeld was shaking hands with Saddam.
Iraq is closer than you might think.
Friday, April 01, 2005
Our women rep
She doesn't mind getting beaten up. Maybe she is into S&M
She doesn't mind giving up her children once they reach the age of 2 when divorced
She doesn't mind her husband marrying another woman
But when it comes to money, she wants equality, 50% or bust.
The most scary thing about this woman is that she is a former pediatrician, so presumably, this woman has been educated and exposed to ideas that would make her fight for improvement of her life, not the other way around.
According to the Arab Development report, women rights in Iraq are miles ahead of any other Arab country. This freak of nature is trying to reverse of all of that.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Flight to torture
What is really amazing is that counteries that are regarded highly in respect to Human Rights are in on it. I don't expect much of the CIA, and MI6, the standards they employ have sucked since long time ago, and only now worldwide abuses have been highlighted. But Sweden!!!! I for one think they have colluded in the kidnap of people, and if it wasn't for brave men like Paul Forrell we would not have known about it.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Excerpts from my reading list
Different style ? are you wondering who this is? well my friend O has kindly allowed me to 'guest write' on his cool blog while he's busy doing other things. Just hope I don't ruin it ;) . O , you can always kick me out ok ?
I will interject this blog with longer passages from some books which I found interesting. This will be called cornily ;) 'Reading list excerpt' ( I couldn't think of anything else obviously) .
Today's excerpt is from Raphael Israeli' s book: The Iraq War; the Regional Impact on Shi'ites, Kurds, Sunnis and Arabs : Hidden Agendas and the Babylonian Intrigue. Quite a long title don't you think, in addition to the fact that Arabs can be both Sunni and Shia while Kurds are mainly Sunni, so I didn't see the point. Never mind, this book is very articulate and you would not want to stop once you start. It is a chronicle of the 2003 war against Iraq. The author is pro-war so for all of you out there thinking 'oh this is a left wing propaganda' : no it is not, plus he is Jewish and was able to write with amazing 'relative' honesty , which made me enjoy the book more.
"The night of 11 April the day after Baghdad had fallen, the buildings of North Oil, like many other public institutions, were stripped bare and set afire; doors and windows were broken; and everything was taken away by Kurds, soldiers and civilians alike. Company cars were packed with fans, tires, bulbs, mattresses, porcelain, flower pots and even drop ceilings to sell as scrap. They took the computers, the trucks, the forklifts, the cranes, the buses, the shelves, the desks, the chairs, the cabinets in the offices where all data was stored, and made off through Kurdish military roadblocks to Kurdish territory. No records were left behind. The result was that a company with 10,000 employees was no longer operational". ( Israeli 2003, p151)
You're telling yourself so what's her point? we all know there was looting in Iraq after the fall of Baghdad. Yes , we do but I wanted to drive home the fact that the Kurdish army and the Kurdish people have been a big part of this looting activity. The Kurds were riding with the victorious liberating 'coalition' forces and were supposedly 'liberators' with them. I guess they believed that they had the same right as that conquering army to loot and steal. My point is that the Iraqi criminal elements were not composed of one single mass, but the Kurds had a great deal of hands in the pie of stealing since they were under the protection of the Peshmerga and the US army. I may be wrong but they did the greatest damage, not the poor souls who stole a few chairs from some buildings. So the tales about hordes of strangers descending on Mosul and other cities to loot then leave may bear a ring of thruth in them .
Signing off Highlander