Tuesday, May 18, 2004

A bit weary

I got an email from a fellow egyptian blogger. And while I don't usually answer emails in public, i took exception to his as he has raised an intresting point and I asked for his permission to answer in my blog. Since he has not replied back, I will go ahead and say what I want to say.

Anyway summary of the email:

He said to me that he had read my blog. He had disagreed with what I write as it was unbalanced and unfair, he had many Iraqis who expressed their gladness to meet an Arab who supports a democratic Iraq, and he truly believes that "Bush's
firm stand and vigilance" will see Iraq towards a better life.

Now, I'm not going to argue with the guy's opinions, he is entitled to them, just as I do, nobody holds absolute truth, and everything is relative. There is no right or wrong in opinions, circumstances changes with time and what is permissible today, might not be in the future.

What I would like to say is that in the Arab world, I have noticed 2 vociferous camps. The first we can term as the pro-America and the other as the anti-America.

I'm a bit weary of both camps to be quite honest with you.

The pro camp for instance is willing to whitewash everything bad the US is doing in Iraq. Something like the end justifies the means, and as long as the end will be "democracy" then whatever crap is dished out to Iraqis should be palatable. Iraq for them is like a testing lab for US policies, if it works, then hey its a success, if it does not, then what the hell, it is only Iraqi resources that are being wasted, whether in life or assets.
Surely, if those people are so for "Bush's democracy", shouldn't they be inviting 150,000 American soldiers to their countries to free them? Why wait till 5/10 years from now to see if Iraq succeeds or not? How about now, time is of the essence over here. Let us take Egypt as an example; it is one of the most ruthless regimes in the world. Its president is preparing for a fifth term in office, he gets 97% and over in every presidential election he stands for (that’s if you call it an election).
In a country where 1% of the population holds 80% of the wealth, and 80% of the population holds only 1% of the wealth, where civil right are being trampled on a daily basis, where a “republic” is following the North Korean, and Syrian experiences of appointing son's of late-presidents to the presidency, the need for liberation is paramount. No ifs or buts or we wait till we see what’s happening in Iraq. I don't know why they don't call for the US to liberate them from their evil governments and are more focused on Iraq?
Your country should be your priority, and when it is fixed, you can branch out, it is that simple.

On the other hand we have the anti camp, most of them are armchair analysts, whom are willing to sacrifice every single Iraqi in their war against anything to do with the US. They don't get off their butt and do anything apart from talk, even simple things like boycotting American goods, which is a kind of simple gesture...If you open their wardrobes you will probably find Nike trainers, Gap jeans, and Abercrombie t-shirts... Their favourite drinks are either coca-cola or Starbuck's coffee while performing their daily ritual of discussing how bad the US is. Funny that those people forget that their countries are controlled by the US and can't do anything with out the consent of the white house. How about you work on your countries, surely they are more deserving and more of a priority than Iraq for the future of your sons and daughters, if you really believe that US influence is bad.

To both camps.... Leave us alone...you never helped Iraq, you just sat there and watched while Iraqis were being abused/killed and stripped of their humanity whether under Saddam or the present regime.

It is our problem and we will sort it out.



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