January 31, 2007

The Iraqi Holocaust - Part II

Weapons of Mass Destruction/ Radioactivity/Depleted Uranium.
The road of Mass Genocide continues...
In part II of the Iraqi Holocaust:"Rememberance and Beyond"video no.2 (see here) shows the extent of contamination by radioactive material (nuclear to some-also known as Depleted Uranium/DU.)
Since 1990, the whole of Iraq, its waters, its soil,its air are polluted by this highly toxic cancerigenic lethal matter DU. Its life span is in the million of years.
And the People of Iraq continue to pay today and for many generations to come the price of the only real weapon of Mass Destruction found in Iraq.
Added to the D.U, sanctions were imposed by the United Nations... Stay tuned for Part III.

Video : "Depleted Uranium Alert" by apfnog.

The Iraqi Holocaust-Part I

The Road of Mass Genocide

In eagerness to be loyal to the United Nations "spirit" of Rememberance of Holocaust victims,
I hereby present to you Video no.1(see here) in a series of videos of "Rememberance and Beyond".
This video was taken during the Sanction Years, sanctions imposed by none other than the Security Council of the UN.

Video footage " Iraqi Hospitals before the 2003 Invasion" by greaserig

January 29, 2007

Never Again ?

Today the United Nations Department of Public Information held its second annual observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust followed by a ceremony at the UN Headquarters.
The programme included special messages from the U.N Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, the presence of : Sheikha Haya Rashed al Khalifa from Dubai,the Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman,Madame Simone Weil, a Holocaust survivor,Thomas Shindlemayr of the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs, a college student Marie Noel who shared her experience visiting former concentration camps in Poland and many more guests...

A special musical concert was given by HaZamir with jewish students from the Zamir choral foundation and another special cantor flown in specially from the New York Synagogue to recite the Kaddish.

This special ceremony for a special rememberance of a special people will be followed by no less than three special visual exhibitions of art work and pictures.
A book signing will also be taking place by Daniel Mendeahlon who will discuss and sign copies of his latest book: "The search of the six from the six millions".
And last but definitely not least, a series of special films will be screened :" Volevo solo vivere /I only wanted to live", a film about 6 Italian survivors of Aushwitz and another film by some eastern European called "Spell your name"followed by a professor from Yale University specialized in Genocide Studies who will also be giving a conference on the same theme.
A very special day for a very special people...

Ironically though,the theme this year is "Rememberance and Beyond". The focus will be on the importance of infusing people with the lessons of the holocaust so that future generations will prevent hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice with a special emphasis on youth. All of the above following the UN General Assembly resolution 60/7.

A resolution echoing the first collective shout by the "civilized" nations following World War II, the shout " Never Again !"
It,in fact took millions of victims of different nationalities, different religious and ethnic backgrounds to fuel that first shout "Never again."
The United Nations itself, the International Court of Justice and the Geneva Conventions were created following that primal shout "Never again".
And since 1945 ,mausoleums,permanent exhibitions,vigils,conferences,philosophical debates on the "wickedness of the human mind" take place on quasi daily basis-all shouting "Never Again."

Never again,mass genocide and collective punishment. Never again, concentration camps. Never again collective rape. Never again Ghettos. Never again asphyxiation and experiments on humans. Never again collective torture. Never again deliberate starvation. Never again forced labor. Never again discrimination by name tags ... Never again.... Never again...Let us sing it together now out loud , Never again!

Meanwhile.... and in parallel...
1948 - The Establishment of Israel by the International Community, that same international community. And since that year, a silent mass genocide takes place in Palestine, silent to the deaf ears of the world.
Millions of refugees, hundreds of detention prisons, burns by cluster bombs and other "friendly" weapons, mass starvation, mass destruction,mass graves, collective torture, concentration camps and ghettos . Ramallah, Jenin, Tul Karem, Nablus, Gaza .... name tags and discrimination, a collective rape of a people, its identity, its memory by none other than "survivors" and it goes on till this very day....Never again ?

Nearly 10 years ago, the guns were silenced in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Again, over 5 years of massacres, collective rape, concentration camps, collective torture,(where a father was forced to have sex with his own daughter in front of the serbian soldiers and that is just one example) collective destruction right in front of the nose of the International Community and the UN.
It took 200'000 Bosnians in mass graves and over 30'000 Bosnian women raped and tortured for the respectable International Community to interfere and the UN to move.
And even after that, Bosnian women reported rapes by UN soldiers supposed to maintain peace and safety.
On a side note , when Causescu fell in Romania, there were operations named "Romanian villages" all over the" civilized West" to save abandoned romanians babies... just in case you have forgotten.

1990 - Present : Comes the big chunk Iraq.
Never in contemporary history has the International Community and the United Nations been a direct culprit in mass genocide like it has done in Iraq.
In 1990, the most cruel embargo and set of sanctions were imposed on the Iraqi people with the blessings and the complicity of the United Nations. That same United Nations that was born out of the birth pangs of "Never Again."

After the "liberation of Kuwait", the sanctions were maintained with vehemence and an iron fist.
Some of you may know but it is good to remind you , that over 1.5 million people died as a result of a decision taken by the Security Council in 1990 and maintained even though it had no more reason to continue maintaining it since the small oil banana republic Kuwait was finally liberated.
13 years of mass genocide and of mass murdering by the UN and the Security Council.
Not less than 1.5 million men and women dead, out of which not less than 500'000 children under the age of 5. And you know the famous phrase by Madeleine Albright the American :"The Price was well worth it."

The going rate of infant death from 1990 until the "liberation" of Irak and its invasion , ie. 2003 was 5'000 per month. 5'000 children per month... Never again ?
The total number during those 13 years of sanctions were a double Hiroshima and Nagasaki put together.
For 13 long years, Iraqi civilians were not allowed the following :

*medication and medical supplies and equipments:

- advanced cancer patients in agonizing pain were given aspirin , one box to be shared by a whole ward. Morphin and other anti cancer drugs were forbidden. Children with leukemia were left to die in death wards under the helpless eyes of doctors and the heart torn mothers.
- vaccines for children against yellow fever, hepatitis, chicken pox, polio and other preventable diseases were forbidden.
- cardiac, diabetic patients were left to die too- again forbidden drugs. Ditto for hypertension and other chronic illnesses . Give them aspirin said the United Nations...
- Depleted Uranium generously sprayed during "Desert Storm" gave rise to the most grotesque infant deformities that make Frankenstein look like a beauty pageant, rare forms of cancer with zero hope, cancer that attacks the soft tissues in the most vulnerable, children and women. Thromboblastic tumors in chidlren galore, uterine and breast cancer galore, prostate and kidney cancer galore, lung cancer galore... and no drugs . Again, give them aspirin said the United Nations . But then even Aspirin was like gold , a rare commodity. Never again ?
- anesthesia for surgery was banned. Patients undergoing surgery fully awake under the cold surgeon's knife with their mouths stuffed with paper so they would grin and bear it. No paper tissues , forbidden. We used newspapers instead . Never again ?
- X ray machines, X ray films, electrocardiograms, any medical supply and equipment- forbidden.
My own uncle died because the hospital had no films for a chest X ray or ink for an electrocardiogram. He died following complications of a chest infections coupled with congestive heart failure aged 55. He had 7 kids to look after. Never again ?
- No surgical gloves, no surgery thread, no disposable needles. Forbidden.
A surgeon friend of mine swears that he made operations and sewn the patient with a tailor's needle. I believe him becauseI have seen worse. Result? Mass Genocide.
The little medication we received was expired and some of the hospital sheets given generously by our international community dated from world war II - am not kidding you. Never again ?

* Spare parts and Food.
- Desert storm destroyed most electrical and power plants. Which meant no electricity and no clean water. Chlorine to purify water ? Forbidden. Result, dirty water drank by the majority. Result . Hepatitis, Typhoid, cholera, dysentery,TB... Result ?Mass genocide.
- No electricity. Spare parts forbidden . Result? power cuts , rotting food in refrigerators, patients under surgery woken up because the surgery could not be continued, sick patients, children and families dehydrating collectively. Sleepless nights sitting by candlelight, no tv and even no radio, batteries were forbidden.
- whatever Iraqi industry we had was halted, destroyed by smart bombs.
This means a halt to any local production. No powdered milk, no food fresh or canned , no milk, no butter, no cheese, not even tomato paste. Families lived on bread alone and the more wealthy ones on aubergines because we could grow them in our backyards We became natural vegetarians...
Even the bread which was rationed by the government was inedible. We would find little stones in it. Endless queues for anything that could be edible. Result? Mass malnutrition , mass starvation.
- computers and the rest - forget it . These are for the civilized world like yourselves.

* Education and miscellaneous.
- Ironically, a street named after one of the most famous poets in the History of Arab literature, Al Mutannabi.
The Al- Mutannabi street was filled to the brim with all kinds of second hand books. From Anatomy to Linguistics ... in Arabic, French and English. School books, drawing books, history books, psychology books, religious books.....etc...
People started selling their books. What you love to call in your politically correct jargon, their intellectual property.
- Pens and pencil were forbidden. Giving someone a pencil was giving him/her the elixir of life.
The reason for this prohibition. Pencils might be used in the fabrication of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
- Schools had no benches nor tables. Pupils would sit on pieces of brick and give up school when the sewage flooded their classrooms. University students had no access to the latest developments and discoveries in sciences and other subjects....it was forbidden. The United Nations decreed so.

I personally met with a 75 years plus old Hajji. A venerable title for an older man (that has nothing to do with your dirty slang) sitting on a dusty dirty pavement holding a transparent plastic bag in his hands filled with dead flies.
I said to him " Hajji what are your exactly selling ?". He replied : " What is the matter Bintee(my daughter) can't you see ? I am selling dead flies, freshly captured. Do you rear birds. Take a fly for your bird."

In another side street the more desperate ones were selling their furniture and paraffin heaters, their prams, their beds, their wardrobes, their everything....keeping the bare necessities.
In another side street, the clothes...coats, hats, dresses, trousers, shirts, canes and some even their underwear...
In the dark stench filled alleyways with nauseating sewage smells, others were concluding deals to sell their organs.. A kidney here , a finger there, maybe two or more...
And in the even darker alleys, some were selling themselves..
Even toilet soap was forbidden. Sorry could not make ourselves smell good for your invasion.

A big ghetto of massive proportions. A huge concentration camp. No visas were given, people were stuck in mass genocide.
Those who managed, worked as waiters, garbage collectors , taxi drivers carefully hiding their university diplomas. And the less lucky ones , ended up in brothels in neighboring countries. Some as young as 14 years old, hoping to find refuge in exchange for food and shelter and a bit of pocket money promptly sent home under the benevolent eyes of the brothel's Matron.

This is just a glimpse of what happened during the sanction years under the auspices of the United Nations, the one that was born out of "Never again."
No one budged.
When given the facts and figures, they and their masters, the US and GB debated the "methodology'arguing about it ....
Understandbly so. When you find out that each UN employee specially in the higher echelons gets a tax free salary in the vicinity of 25'000 US dollars per month plus other benefits, you will understand why. The Perez de Cuellar, the Boutros Ghalis and the Kofi Anans of this world...
A bunch of dead corrupt wood with falsified fake diplomas, engaging in constant political ass kissing. Sitting on their big fat behinds , driving their spotless brand new cars and issuing reports that hardly anyone reads and entitling them, "Never again!" Except for the select few of course.

But and thank God for the buts, a few who had not been polluted by the above dirt spoke out during the sanction years , giving you and I, hope that Truth will prevail.
The names are few but they need to be remembered and respected:
They are Dennis Halliday, Ex-SecretaryGeneral heading the Humanitarian oil for food program, Hans Von Sponeck, UN aid coordinator for Iraq and Jutta Burkhardt head of UN World Food Program. the 3 of them had the guts to resign.
They resigned because they knew and as they know now , that the UN sanctions program was a program of mass genocide - Never again ?
( a must see this latest video by both Dennis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck)

I know,and please bear with me, this is getting to be a long article, and I usually like it "short and sweet". But this is a holocaust, a day to be remembered, I can't simply gloss over it.
I am not the UN and I don't have a symphony orchestra, nor a mausoleum, I just have my words...

Today, the 29th January 2007,Iraqis long for the days of the sanctions.

Iraq has been "liberated", from 2003 till the present.
Today in Iraq, people are collectively raped, murdered, tortured, experimented on with various drugs and drills and american bombs. Lazer bombs, phosphorus, cluster, DU....
Today in Iraq, every city has become a massive ghetto. Baghdad, Falluja, Ramadi, Mosul, Haditha,etc...
Today in Iraq, there are mass concentration, rape and torture camps.
Today in Iraq there are 3.7 million refugees seeking shelter outside.
Today in Iraq, there are 700'000 plus dead since 2003, add to this figure 260'000 children. Today in Iraq, there is no aspirin, no food, no water, no electricity, no nothing....
Today in Iraq people, are persecuted for their name tags.
Today in Iraq, there are no more universities or schools.
Today in Iraq, people have stopped selling their organs and are selling their kids instead.
Today in Iraq there are no hospitals left and cancer patients are considered lucky.
Today in Iraq, the secret letter circulating in the UN prior to the occupation warning that over 1.4 million children will die, has come true.
Today in Iraq there is a holocaust happening before your very eyes.

During World War II , Schindler saved around 1'000 victims from the holocaust.
Since then,how many were you able to save? What is your list ? 1 , 2 , 3, names?
Do I hear anything ? No ? Of course not...
You can go back to sleep now.

Palestine, Bosnia, Iraq have one common denominator...I leave it to your intelligence to guess what it is ....

Never again ? Yes sure thing ...Bring on the UN General Assembly and the lamenting violins for me now ...
I, personally hold the International Community and the United Nations responsible for Crimes against Humanity as they are happening today in Iraq. I hold the United Nations responsible for a holocaust. I hold it and all other silent ones, apathetic, indifferent,complacent ones, responsible for this Holocaust , today, in the day of "Rememberance and Beyond."
Never again ?

P.S: Do forgive me Afghanistan, blame it on proximity but you are not forgotten.

Painting : Iraqi artist, M. Muhrradin.

January 28, 2007

To Aicha...

One day old Aicha was deliberately shot in her back by the Iranian backed Al Mahdi death squads.

Her sin ? her crime ? Her name was Aicha.

I dedicate that song to little Aicha who was not allowed to see the light of day. I love you little Aicha. Sleep in peace in God's arms. You and countless others will never be forgotten, that is my promise to you.

Video: Outlandish version of Aicha.

January 27, 2007

Saturday Night Fever.

A bit of Rap music for you and you can listen to it here, to warm you up for the evening...
Just in case you don't like Rap, I have a romantic Ballad here for you.

Do excuse the not so very politically correct pictures and language of the American boys.
These are your boys after all.
Have a great hot Saturday Night.

P.S: Seems that the music played in Gitmo cells is Techno and heavy Metal, just in case you don't like either Rap or sentimental Country music.Cheers.

Back to the Future...

A brief summary report on"Operation American Freedom and the Liberation of America."

Following 13 years of a cruel stringent embargo that left 1.5 million americans dead of which 500'000 american children below the age of 5 , the Iraqi army, with their imposing armada bombarded the U.S with over 700 tons of B.52's.
Iraqi armored vehicles, 150'000 Iraqi soldiers and 100'000 subcontractors and mercenaries(from the Arab world and Africa) have taken hold of Washington DC and other parts of the country.
The Iraqi soldiers toppled the Washington Monument, ransacked and pillaged the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery as well the great Smithsonian institute and museum.
The White House , the Pentagon and the CIA have also been targeted and now encircled. Hundreds of Iraqi generals with their troops have squatted the headquarters of the American Government. The White House, looted, has now become an enclave of the Iraqi occupying forces and has been renamed the White Zone.

The President of the U.S.A as well as his 20 advisors have been caught and are now prisonners of war in a Fort Lauderdale secret prison, camp Babel.

A puppet american government was set up by the Iraqi occupying forces. They set up elections and eyewitnesses report that over 1 million mexicans came in buses and voted the new government in.
Reliable sources affirm that the current American government is mainly comprised of mexican americans with dual nationalities and totally backed by Mexico.
The American army has been totally sacked and replaced by a grouping of mexican/american police, army and militias working in close cooperation with the Iraqi occupying forces.
The Iraqi Provisional Authority in conjunction with the american puppet government are undertaking a massive campaign of "de-waspization" and "de-americanization" of the whole of the U.S.A.

Upper state New York, Buffalo and other towns have declared their independence and are being armed and trained by Canada as mercenaries and snipers.

Atrocious news have been circulating of hideous crimes committed by the Iraqi soldiers:

In Bethesda, over 12 pregnant women were killed as well as a 15 years old boy who spat on a passing Iraqi convoy. His mother's head was bashed against a wall and her boy shot in front of her eyes.

In Lexington Park , 3 neighborhoods have been razed to the ground. Over 500 defenseless civilians, majority of which were women and children have been shot in cold blood and some Iraqi soldiers were filmed pissing on the dead corpses.

In Richmond square, hundreds of bodies are strewn across the square and littering the side streets, showing signs of serious burns from napalm, phosphorus bombs and gun shots.

In Rockville, five Iraqi soldiers from the 32nd platoon division, gang raped 14 years old Abee Jones, shot her whole family including her 3 years old sister and grandparents then set her on fire. They were seen drinking Arak and grilling kebabs prior to their crime.

In Georgetown , over 500 american academics have been kidnaped and shot dead by Mexican backed militias and 100 students were blown to pieces in front of George Washington University. Body parts and books were seen lying in the debris.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN have reported the existence of hundreds of detention camps and prisons and the estimated official number of American prisoners is 50'000 men and women some as young as 13 years old, held without charges or trial.
These agencies have also reported gross violations of the Geneva conventions and have presented evidence of severe torture, including sodomy , rape and genital mutilation.
The Iraqi Minister of Defence denies these allegations. Most torture victims have succumbed to death.

The French Institute of Medicine issued a report confirming the death of over 700'000 american civilians since the Iraqi invasion. The UN has issued a report in December stating that for the year 2006 only, 35'000 americans have died as a result of the Iraqi occupation.
The number for widows is also staggering, over 1 million american widows and 2 million american children orphaned. The report also adds that american children are trafficked, sold as sex slaves or labourers in other countries.

Public facilities and amenities are no longer existent. The average American citizen gets one hour of electricity per day and for the past week there has been no water supply. Transportation systems have been halted, universities and schools shut down, the sewage system no longer functions and most American streets are inundated with rats and dirty water.
"Medecins sans frontiers" a french based NGO, has reported severe cases of malnutrition, water born diseases and outbreaks of cholera and typhoid due to the insalubrity of present living conditions for Americans.

Hospitals are no longer functional and can no longer cope with the influx of injured and maimed Americans. The Morgues are overflowing with dead bodies.Children suffering from cancer caused by Iraqi depleted uranium can no longer receive treatment and the prognosis for them is very poor. Other illnesses are no longer treated short of medication and staff as, most doctors and nurses have left the country. Surgery is done without anesthesia and medical doctors are subject to harassment, kidnaping , torture and death.
The general American population is suffering great trauma,PTSD and doctors have declined to treat patients from 9/11, arguing that there are more urgent priorities.

The UN has launched an urgent plea as 3.7 million americans have sought refuge in Canada, Alaska, Mexico and other countries as a consequence of the Iraqi occupation.
The UNESCO on the other hand has decried some of the Iraqi army practices. Many Iraqi soldiers have been found desecrating worship places by ransacking them, painting Islamic symbols, tearing, kicking, and burning the Bible and urinating in churches. American Monuments and historical sites have also been destroyed.

On the economic front, over 60% of the American population is now unemployed, inflation rate is 100% and most outlets, like Starbucks, Mc Donalds and the rest have closed down due to lack of clientele.
Shopping malls are empty and retailers have shut down. There is an economic depression but the Iraqi Provisional Authority as well as the american puppet government are re-assuring the american public that things will look brighter soon.

Russian and Chinese corporations and multinationals have monopolized all the oil ressources in Texas and the American puppet government has issued a law privatizing all american energy.
Furthermore , Dallas and Houston have become a mexican enclave. Only Spanish is allowed to be spoken there and all government and public posts are occupied by Mexicans.

On the political front, mexicans have managed to infiltrate all echelons of the governing administration included all armed forces : the american army, the american FBI and ministries and they have developed , funded and trained militias that are wrecking havoc in the streets of the American capital.
Countless american citizens have been abducted, kidnaped, raped, and slaughtered.
Dead bodies are seen lying around the city showing marked signs of torture , like eyes and nails plucked out and holes from electrical drills. The american puppet government denies any role in all of this.

Furthermore, civil war is looming close by. Catholics backed by Mexicans have waged an unrentless campaign of ethnic cleansing against Protestants. Black americans are fighting with Asians and Italians with Poles. Car bombs, mortar attacks and snipers are a daily occurrence today in Washington D.C , Maryland and Virginia as well as other parts of the U.S.

Native Americans on the other hand are caught in this ethnic cleansing and are being either massacred again or forced to seek refuge elsewhere. As Canada and Alaska is refusing them entry, they have ended up in tents on the borders in a no man's land.

Four weeks ago, on Christmas eve, the president of the USA as well as three of his advisors were hanged in what appeared to be a sectarian lynching.

The Iraqi President expressed dissapointment at the way the execution was done, he added it was "fumbled" but was glad that justice finally prevailed.
Reuters reported that 5 of the late American President's lawyers have been slaughtered during the Trial period. The President of the USA was filmed hanging at the gallows on Christmas eve and his body showed signs of post mortem torture.

The Iraqi President concluded by saying that americans should really show gratitude for what Iraqis have sacrificed in their name and in the name of Freedom.
He also assured the american public in a televised address to the nation, that a surge of an extra 20'000 Iraqis was needed for the reconstruction of the U.S.A to go as planned and that the mission has been accomplished.

P.S: I hope this piece of "science-fiction" reverse psychology shocks you. Everything mentioned above took place and continues to take place today in Iraq.And this is only 25% of what is being reported.The shocking truth and "awe" of the American occupation of Iraq.
(for more proof, check www.uruknet.info and www.albasrah.net).
And I hope you realize that I have nothing against either mexicans,protestants or catholics, italians, poles, blacks, native americans or martians...It was just to drive a point home (...this politically correct thing is getting very tiresome- ask the Iraqis!)

P.S.S: Should Hollywood decide to take the above script, my only conditon is to have Charlton Heston starr in it. Last time I saw him in an interview (during"Desert Storm"), he believed that Iraq had borders with India. I surely hope he was given a geographical map since.
I would also like Sharon Stone to co-starr. Her role in "Base", sorry meant "Basic Instincts" is really appropriate for the script. Thank you for informing the zionist Spielberg.

Painting: Iraqi Artist, M.Muhrradin.

January 26, 2007

A stroll down Haifa street...

Haifa Street in Baghdad was of course named after a Palestinian town now under Israeli occupation.
It used to be a street, actually a neighborhood, where all denominations cohabited.
It also had specially designed buildings overlooking the Tigris river, reserved for academics only.
Iraqi academics , from all backgrounds, "ethnic" affiliations, "sects" and "religion"and from different fields of specialization lived in those buildings on Haifa Street, rent free, courteousy of the Iraqi government. This was part of Saddam Hussein's government campaign to promote education and to encourage individuals to strive for a career in academic knowledge and teaching thereafter.

A letter was sent to me via e.mail , a letter of despair and tragedy written by an Iraqi professor who lived on Haifa Street. I am going to translate the whole thing for you.

" My name is Ahmed Kamal Nabil . I am a university professor since 1975. I live on Haifa street.
On the 7th of January, I went out to buy some food since we had been without anything to eat since the day of the Eid (30th december).
My wife, two daughters and one small grandchild stayed at home.
Since there was no transportation and in view of the military presence surrounding Haifa street, I was unable to regain my apartment fast enough. Moreover, an unusual movement in our neighborhood made me very suspicious . I saw some elements of the Iraqi militias shooting on the door of our building. I immediately informed my family by phone so they may leave promptly.
They tried to but the militias refused them exit.
What followed was even more brutal. The upper floors of the building where we lived were totally destroyed and my wife was informing me (on the phone) that she and my daughters were few minutes away from an imminent Death. What could I do ?
I begged a neighbor to help us. At first he refused, then he agreed to courageously face the American and Iraqi forces and come to the rescue of my family, thus helping them seek refuge in another building close by which was not targeted.
The following day, at dawn, my family discovered a dead street,in ruins.
My wife and my kids left Haifa street with the only luggage they had, the clothes on their bodies.
The militias raped our home . They ransacked and looted all of our belongings.
In the space of a few minutes, we lost everything we worked for and owned.
My books, my souvenirs, my diplomas, my notes, my research papers and my personal diary.
In sum, all of my memory carefully constructed over a span of half a century has gone out.
Gone to sleep for ever. Now we are back to zero.
My family is scattered, lodged by different relatives and strangers.
Throughout my career , I have never committed one act of hostility vis a vis the Iraqi authorities or the American occupation forces. I filed a complaint but the policeman at the station was unimpressed. He told me that my only crime is that I was living in a street of "terrorists."
If I had chosen to return to Iraq, my country, after studies in Europe, it was with the aim of bringing to my people the knowledge I acquired in the West. I have conducted and supervised dozens of Phd theses and I have taught thousands of students.
What happened to me on the 7th of January is tragic. Is that the destiny of Iraqi intellectuals and researchers?
Is that the reward for those who opted for neutrality, independence of thought, spirit and honor?
What crime have I committed by not wanting to give in to violence and terror and by insisting on continuing my work - that of teaching in Iraq ? "

Yes Haifa street, the street of academics and the brain drain of the New Iraq.
Over 500 university professors have been assassinated since the "liberation." 500 individuals who have spent years studying, researching ,teaching, forming, training, disseminating knowledge...
Last week, over 100 students were massacred at the gates of al Mustansiriyah University.
It is beyond the shadow of doubt that universities, academics and students are the favored targets in Iraq.
Why is that so, did you ever ask yourself ?
I think the answer is simple. Universities , academics , students are the last bastion of the spirit of critical thinking. The last line in the Resistance against political manipulation and terror of the new Iraq.
Universities refuse the presence of militias within their walls. Academics are the few who raise their voices denouncing the political madness that is surrounding them. Students are still young free thinkers difficult to ideologically control.
Moreover, academics refuse to be dragged in or sucked in the role of representative or mouth piece for the occupation or for its puppets.
Academics are targeted because people respect and listen to them when they dare speak out.
And academics are targeted because the New Iraq has become one big looting field run by mercenaries, thugs, politically corrupt opportunists, sectarian agitators, fanatical dark minds, and barbarians.
And they want it to remain that way. They want to make sure that Iraq will never raise its head again . Hence the "beheading", the brain drain of all intellectuals.
In the new Iraq, there is no place for knowledge. Knowledge is their antithesis.

Hundreds of academics escape to other countries or simply change careers.
Some have become grocers or taxi drivers as these occupations are less dangerous than being a university professor.
Those who have refused either, have been killed or have ended up like our professor above. Destitute, homeless and stripped of everything.
This hemorrhage of intellectuals is programmed, it is part of the American reconstruction plan.

In contradiction to what the Americans claim, the reconstruction of Iraq does not take place in big projects but starts with the" grey matter",that stuff between our ears and called our brains .
Can anyone conceive of a country without doctors, engineers, scientists.....?

Well Iraq has become such a country. The reconstruction of Iraq american style does not need this grey matter. It can dispose of it, hence it encourages the hemorrhage to continue.
To the point that Unesco is thinking of offering 400 bullet proof vests to professors who insist on staying on and teaching plus a direct telephone line for those who feel they are under threat of being killed. Unesco is also envisaging to offer financial help to widows of academics thus encouraging others to not abandon their jobs as lecturers. Something they do, from fear of leaving a family behind in need- should they be targeted and assassinated.

Today,over 50 people have been killed in Haifa street. People are under siege in their apartments, with no food, no water, no electricity and unable to venture out.
The occupation forces, the Iraqi "army " and the militias have forbidden the evacuation of the injured or the dead.
They are left to die slowly in agony or to rot away on Haifa street. Just like the academics who inhabited its buildings.
Yes this is what has become of Haifa Street, a drained,desolate, burning, bleeding Street...of the New Iraq.

Painting : Iraqi artist, M.Muhrradin.

January 25, 2007

Happy Now ?

Again, the Independent has been voicing its concerns over the hole in the soul of its anglo-saxon readers. A noble thing to do, naturally.
The article states that despite the West's affluence, people are gloomy, sad, depressed..in short unhappy. It seems being wealthy brings on the blues. The wealthier you are,the more depressed you are, according to the article.
It also says something very interesting : "In a world of abundance, when everybody has what they need,something strange happens. They begin to want what(omega) they don't have." (of course we are talking about the West here and don't you ever forget that.)

Fascinating, this business of wanting what you don't have, is it not? Which reminds me of a story.

A "well intentioned" man, a journalist, a writer, I am not sure, ended up in Baghdad when it was being "liberated."
He proceeded to loot some of Iraq's belongings. He says so himself and calls himself a thief of the occupation.
He ransacked through Uday Hussein's (Saddam Hussein's son) "shag" house, as he calls it. And pillaged whatever he managed to loot. He sold everything with "good intentions", so it seems. Giving the money away to charity to help Iraqis emigrate to some Western capital. And this man prides himself on the fact. Wilful arrogance and dupery at its utmost!
I wonder how much he looted and how many Iraqis made it to the Western Capital in question. I also wonder if he is experiencing a hole in his soul due to affluence, now?
Mind you, if we had not been "liberated", we would not need to emigrate nor would we be in need of charity.
3.7 Million Iraqis are seeking refuge today, outside of Iraq. Maybe our venerable writer can arrange for visas now.

Incidentally, even Saddam Hussein's underwear and personal clothes were looted by the "liberation" forces and its "embedded" journalists and writers. Forgot to mention, that the above "gentleman", our struggling writer, promotes his books on the web, books dedicated to "anti-occupation themes"!
I suggest to this man, whoever he is, to return now all that he has looted from Iraqi nationals, and I want to remind him that Saddam Hussein and his family are Iraqi Nationals, to their rightful owners. Even if that means that he pays a visit to the daughters of Saddam, Raghad and Rana Hussein.
That would, in fact, be the only manly thing he can undertake to rectify his disgraceful actions.(if he is capable that is.)

But, my anger subsides and I feel a sense of serenity, from what a Native American person said in one of my comments section:
"Layla, the greed of these white people will bring the end of the world. Remember, they can't steal your soul."
We will be all drowning together Mister Writer. (by the way, I have always had great respect and admiration for Native Americans- they are the true owners of America.)

On the same subject of Iraq and the hole in the soul.
When I posted my article on the poor crippled dog being "taunted"(have you noticed how this verb has become so vogue since the lynching of President Saddam Hussein?) by american soldiers, I received tens of mails .
An outpouring of heart felt sympathy. I was very touched. Really.
Some even denounced the cowardice of wanting to kill a defenseless crippled animal. And rightly so. A few words uttered though, on the million defenseless Iraqi civilians.

Thank God, and God whether you believe in It/He/She, does not matter, arranged for a wonderful article titled "Individualism and the Dog." Through sheer coincidence, I promise you.

I understand, that in the face of strong individualism, dogs are favored. Besides which, dogs do not beg for our forgiveness and understanding ,but humans in their albeit limited, imperfect forms do.Dogs are simpler, Humans beings are a test.

Getting back to the article and it is very much related (you need to read it though- can't do the reading for you.)
What is it that you are after and cannot have?I wonder...
What is this fascination with this "Oriental" thing?
What is it we have, apart from oil and being the cradle of your civilization,that you want so much and cannot grasp or grab?
After all, you expropriated nearly everything. You ransacked and pillaged, you looted, you starved, you killed,you raped...so what else are you after ? Come now, be true with me, if you can.
What is it that hooks you so much to the Orient?

The fact that "God" is part of our daily reality?
The fact that we can find pleasure in simple things, like the smile of a good friend?
The fact that Time has not managed to control us the way it controls you?
The fact that we have resilience in the face of calamity?
The fact that we care about our families no matter what?
The fact that we may be very poor and still share everything we have with a guest or a wayfarer?
The fact that we have managed to surrender inwards to whatever life deals us with?
The fact that we don't have too many hangups about marriage and raising families as we consider this a natural gift from the Divine? (despite your malthusian theories)
The fact that we are still capable of deriving satisfaction from non material things?
The fact that we hold on to our dignity and honor even if it means our physical death?

By the way, etymologically, to orient someone is to guide them when they are lost.
And the Orient(Mashreq) is where the sun rises and the West (Al Gharb) is where it sets down.
"Maghreb" means sunset, "Ghareeb" means strange, and "Ghorba" means exile in a foreign land.

And you have managed to do the three. Bring darkness like in "Maghreb", act in "Ghareeb" ways and drive thousands into "Ghorba."
Belying your apparent belonging to the race of humans and even to that of animals.
And you still have not managed to fill that hole in your soul.
Happy now ?

Painting: Iraqi artist, AbdelAmeer Alwan.

January 24, 2007

To the Iraqi Resistance.

"Al Roa3t wal Nar"
New song by Iraqi Singer Kazem al Saher.
"Roa3t" means hordes of barbarians and "nar" means fire.
The rest is self explanatory.

(Unfortunately, I have no time to translate the lyrics- enjoy the music though and the images!)

January 22, 2007

Oh Bloody Day !

Oh bloody day, oh bloody day, when zionists americans walked, when fascist iranians walked, oh yes when they walked, to wash Baghdad's "sins" away. It was a bloody day.

Another 100plus blown to pieces today and over 150 injured,maimed,crippled for life...today.

The mainstream media says the slaughter took place in a "predominantly sh'ia" area, Bab Al Sharqi.
They claimed the same when Al Munstansiriya University was targeted and another 100 persons were carbonized just last week.
Bullshit! Both Al Munstasiriya and Bab Al Sharqi are very mixed areas. The latter is in the center of Baghdad, a commercial area,akin to your local downtown. Stop manufacturing sectarianism whoever you are.

Everytime an attack takes places on innocent Iraqis, the "predominantly sonneeee" areas get sieged . Haifa street, Al Amariyah, Al Yarmouk and today al Adhamyiah. What a handy convenient fabricated excuse.

The Rat and the Mouse, the rat being none other than Muqtada al Sadr and the mouse, the Maliki/Hakim government.
For the past 10 days, I have read not less than 10 articles confirming one and the same thing, namely that the Sadr thuggish bloc will be ending its "boycott"(last article in the series appeared yesterday) of the puppet government and that the two have reached a political deal.

Don't you understand that rats and mice are made to cohabit in the gutters of the Green zone and that they have been doing so admirably well?!
They are bed partners, get it in your head once and for all. Their love story goes back a long time.

Forget the staged 12 hour "siege" of Sadr City. Forget the claim of the Iraqi "leader" saying he is going to drop his protection of the shi'a militias. (incidentally this came out yesterday too at the same time that Sadr urged the end of the boycott). At least we know now that the puppet protected the criminal rapists, hole drillers of Baghdad.
Forget what Sadr says about issuing passports to his family (fleeing to Iran very likely). Forget about his going to hide like a fugitive.How can his group join the "official" government again and he, their brave leader hide away? Well if he has, he is some "anti imperialist revolutionary" leader indeed !!!
Those of you who support him blindly and stupidly (or maybe not so blindly), make sure to arm him with a new electrical drill. You never know he might cross some "sooneeeeee" on his way to his rat hole.

As for those who have not stopped beating the empty cacophonic anti-war drum, crying wolf and blowing out of proportion an improbable attack on Iran, I have extra thick black fabric just in case you need some. Wear your chador, good boys and girls.
(By the way,I am reserving a special post on Iran, as well as another one for our "brothers" the kurds who keep needing a translator from kurdish to arabic for later.Forced arabization by Saddam Hussein? my butt! )

I hope I am right and I think I am right on this one .There will be NO attack on Iran.
I really would not like to see the Iranian people suffer the same horrors their neighbors, the Iraqis, are going through and this despite their government dirty hand in Iraqi affairs.

Last time a racist,chauvinist, fascist, nazi, proclaimed the superiority of the "aryan" race, millions died as a consequence and that was during World War II. And we continue seeing the tears till this very day!
Our neighbors, the Iranians have been shouting the same slogan for centuries.
The superiority of their "aryan" race, as opposed to "semitic" arabs.
Even a seemingly benign event like a fashion show in Teheran, raised criticisms for exhibiting Arab style muslim dress as opposed to typically persian "muslim" chadors.

I reiterate what I said above. There will be NO attack on Iran by either Israel or the U.S.A.
Stop reading what the zionists like Kissinger and Perle proclaim. They are playing with your political nerves. That is all.
It does not take a wiz in strategic international relations to figure out that:

- Israel is deep into its neck with rape/harassment charges, embezzlement charges, corruption charges and resignations due to military impotence. Its army moral is way down in its socks. Moreover, had Israel wanted to stop Iran nuclear capabilities, it would have not waited until the plants are complete, it would have attacked way before, like it did in Iraq in 1981.

- the U.S.A is up to its eyeballs in Iraq. Even the warmonger Gates stated that the region cannot absorb another conflict.

But for your sake, I will hypothetically assume there is an inherent planned attack on Iran.
Do you honestly think that the zionists who planned the occupation of Iraq, were unaware or did not foresee the following :

1) that they have 150'000 american boys plus another 50'000 mercenaries/subcontractors stationed in Iraq and concentrated in Baghdad ?
2) that in the eventuality of an attack on Iran, a few missiles from Teheran will wipe the americans boys out ?
3) that when the americans built several military bases in Iraq and built the hugest embassy in the world with 5'000 employees in Baghdad, they forgot that they had Iran as a neighbor?
4) that by encouraging "ethnic divisions" and backing and supporting a sectarian government they(zionist americans) were encouraging Iran to control the political apparatus in Baghdad ?
5) that Iran has been grossly meddling in Iraqi politics since the famous Iranian Islamic Revolution ?
6) that Iran will be controlling not only the puppet government, but also the ministries of:
interior, health, education.... and controlling the militias, the "police" and the so called Iraqi army as it is currently doing in Baghdad and the south of Iraq?

Enough political nonsense. Enough. Get real!
Even the Iranians admit that "our enemies have waged a psychological war in order to make us retreat from our nuclear positions" and the article continues, "it is the second time this week that officials...have sought to dismiss a military strike against atomic installations.."

I repeat for the ength time, the American, Israeli, Iranian plan is to partition Iraq into three states. And each will be getting a piece of the Iraqi pie.

Those of you who keep repeating the sacred mantra "there will be a strike on Iran in April 07", stop your fabulations.
Wake up and smell the coffee! Wake up and smell the burnt, torn flesh in Baghdad!
Oh wait... you are fully awake, you know all of that already, you knew it all along.
The Iraqi genocide and holocaust is continuing and you knew it all along.
And you dare call Saddam Hussein a fascist?!

Painting: Iraqi female artist, Nadia Mohammed Yass.

January 21, 2007

Analyze this...

I find it so admirable when an english daily devotes publishing space for the mental health of its readers.
The "Independent"newspaper has committed itself to a praiseworthy endeavor, that of allotting a new column run by Dr. Cecilia D' Felice (what a lovely fitting name), a shrink.
On the couch as of next week, and your major complaints will be dealt with, in the most empathic manner.
Needless to say, I am jumping to the occasion before anyone else takes my turn, hoping to receive some valuable insight.

Dear Dr.Cecilia D'Felice,

It is with great interest that I read your article, "How to be Happy" in today's edition of the Independent.
Maybe you will be kind enough to reassure us in Iraq that we are indeed OK.
The whole of Iraqi society (what is left of it) has been exhibiting a myriad of strange behavioral patterns for nearly 4 years now and growing steadily more bizzarre.
For instance and I shall give you a few "cases":
Our women have been lately engaging in this weird habit of pulling their hair out and tearing their clothes. Do you think this is an "ethnic thing" or maybe a "transcultural" manifestation of a persevering borderline personality disorder? Others are just silent and sigh heavily.
Our men, on the other hand,have been oscillating between"passive-agressive"to outright "anti-social" behavior.
Couples and parents no longer speak to each other, they shout. Maybe you can recommend some manual for non-violent communication.
Another worrisome thing I noticed, is that our children have this blank empty look in their eyes.They seem to be recoiling in an autistic world shattered by intermittent hysterical screams.
Moreover, they seem to present some cognitive impediments, in particular speech. For instance, whenever one says to them "duck" they respond with "fuck" in a nasal twang.
Do you think this is an auditory dyslexia or are they just tapping into the "collective unconscious"?
As for our youth , they too, are exhibiting behavior that one might label as "acting out".
Apart from glue sniffing and other "recreational drugs", the boys have developed a fixation for plastic guns,cowboy hats and mullah robes. The girls refuse to wear colors and they seem to have gone mute silent.
Strangely again, some are immolating themselves or sticking their heads in gaz ovens. We don't really know why. Do you think it might have to do with puberty hormonal changes or a raped, sorry meant repressed sexuality?
Another thing, most of us have developed an insane fear of open space,in particular market places. I believe you call that "agoraphobia."
I wonder what this may be due to? The utmost we can manage is a trip to the roof of the house, furtively looking into the darkness and rushing back in.
Some of us have become obsessive compulsive. We keep checking doors and windows making sure they are well sealed and locked. You never know , someone might be lurking there.
Others are showing signs of delusional paranoia. They are convinced that some death squad is going to burst in, in the middle of the night and slaughter them.
We are also having serious "sleep disturbances" call it insomnia. If we ever manage to sleep, we wake up in the middle of a nightmare drenched in sweat with our hearts pounding.
Also, another noticeable thing is that the whole of the population is getting thinner and thinner."Anorexia nervosa" perhaps?
Doctor, one more thing and sorry this letter is taking too long, what medication would you recommend for sodomized,tortured individuals?
Do you think Prozac is good enough or would you suggest a more effective selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor?Tranquilizers are simply no longer doing their magical trick.
Kindly suggest something, not in a capsule form though. A few "patients" took them and developed kidney stones instead. (they said the capsules contained sand.)
And one last thing I forgot to mention, all the above symptoms started after we were "liberated" from our "tyrannical" shadow.
I thank you for your attention and await in great anticipation your invaluable diagnosis and remedy.

Your's truly,
Layla Anwar.

PS. I heard that Gaza is presenting somewhat similar symptoms, do you think it is a psychological epidemic?

Painting: Iraqi artist, AbdelAmeer Alwan.

January 20, 2007

Hush now, little one ...

I have good news for you.
American "consumer sentiment has improved to a 3 years high, propelled by falling gasoline prices and a favorable view of personal finances and economic growth" says a survey.
You must be happy. This means more savings for you so you can consume more, eat and spend some more. Go right ahead and anesthetize yourself.

Now what this survey won't show you, is that during those three comparative years, over 260'000 Iraqi children died since 2003 to make your life smoother over there, wherever you are . Now,Iraq has the highest mortality rate for children in the world.(read full article here)

Since you love economics and you count so well when it comes to figures, dollars and dimes, let us do together a simple calculation.
-In the 13 years of sanctions from 1991 to 2003, a conservative estimate places the number of dead Iraqi babies to 500'000 .(and the price was well worth it according to M.Albright, your democrat.)
-Since 2003 , another conservative estimate is 260'000 dead Iraqi kids due to lack of medical care and a health system in total chaos.
-Amongst the official figure of the Lancet report of 650'000 Iraqis dead, let's assume that at least 10% of that number were children killed by violent acts. So that makes around 65'000. (knowing that Iraq has a big youth population).
-In the latest census by the UN, which was not taken into account when the Lancet report came out, 34'450 (plus) were killed due to violence. Assuming again a mere 10 % were children, that brings my calculation to3'400.
-Add to the above the dead Iraqi children during Gulf war 1 - let's say about 400 (The Amaryiah shelter alone had over 150 kids and am being very generous in your favor here.)
-Add to that Abeer Janabi, the Haditha kids, Falluja, Al Ramadi, Al Qaem,Tal Afar, other unreported children deaths in Baghdad and elsewhere , I will say around 500 and again am being very kind to you here.
So a quick summing up will give us a total of : 829'300 Iraqi children Dead.
Again, I repeat this is a conservative estimate as the official figures lie and the UN figures are always "toning" issues down.
829'300 Iraqi Children DEAD.

The above figure does NOT include : the injured,the sold,the trafficked, the abandoned,the cancer ridden with your Depleted Uranium, the sick,the malnourished, the hungry, the destitute, the kidnapped, the raped children of Iraq.

According to the latest UN Human rights 30 page report for November-December 2006 (a title that never fails to stir my amusement) it states and I will quote a few paragraphs only. We don't want to depress you, do we ?

"Human Rights Org. has received information of children abducted and sold to militias and forced to become supporters..." - "Children are also trafficked outside Iraq to work as sex slaves,labourers or unlawfully adopted by families abroad..." - "Dozens of children are currently seeking shelter and protection in safe houses...". Stories unheard of prior to our "liberation."
(those of you who sent me e.mails accusing of fabricating stories about kids being sold, I demand an apology.)

So over 800'00 plus, little ones dead. Huh ? What have you got to say about that? Who are you going to blame now ? Saddam Hussein or the old regime? (just for your info, Iraq used to have the lowest mortality rate in the Middle East and the best health care service until you all screwed it up.)(see also here)

Do you understand what we are talking about here? We are talking about CHILDREN.
Not adults you can blame , nor elderly you can dispense of , we are talking about CHILDREN.

Remember children ? You may have some of your own or planning to.
I know that in the west, a pregnancy is a big deal.
You have blue and pink clothes, baby shower parties, gifts and a pregnant woman becomes an icon of worship (since it is so rare to see one.)
Then, everyone takes turns holding the little one, oh so softly.
You make sure that when your little one grows up , he/she lacks nothing. You try to give him/her your best. Best schools, best clothes, best toys...(within the limits of your possibilities and assuming you are mentally sane and not some perverted sadist.)
And then you have organizations teaching you about children's rights, about good parenting, about listening to your kids and a thousand self help books about 101 topics on how to.
How and what to feed, how to nurture, how to change diapers, how to hug, how to talk, how to play with your kids, etc.... Yes you are very caring indeed.

And since you are so caring, had there been 800'000 plus: dolphins, monkeys, donkeys, cats or dogs massacred, the western world would be on the brink of a revolution by now.
The left would have armed and gone underground as guerillas freedom fighters, the democrats would have issued irreversible statements of condemnation, the liberals and progressives would have stood in pickets or gone on strike. We would have mass demonstrations and mass mobilization.

Had these 800'000 children been western children, we would be having a Third World War by now.

But, alas, they are only Iraqi, Arab, majority Muslim kids. Who gives a fuck?
They are not your kids, you don't care.

If per mischance, you get to see them in pictures through an e.mail you are quick to delete it. Besides which, there is not much you can do about it , or so you like to believe.
If per misfortune, you see them on your tv screen (unlikely since you either have your favorite sports channel or porn channel on), you zap. You drink your 12th can of beer and hope your Mrs. won't catch you. As for your women, they are more interested and engrossed in Desperate Housewives and Sex in the City. Understandably, frustrated libidos and ensuing neurosis love company.
But then you all congratulate yourselves on being such an advanced people. So humane and so fucking politically correct. So distinguished, so refined...
If per mishap, you come across an article in your press, you swiftly turn your page to either the economic, consumer, investor, inflation index or to the sports page. Who needs this shit anyways?
If by mistake, you hear a conversation around the subject, you quickly divert the topic, you don't want to be disturbed in your socializing. Let us talk about something constructive you think, or you change the conversation to something petty like, yourself.

As for the very progressive left and the rest of the apparatchik, well what can I say?
They are already dressed in black chadors, beating on their chests, thumping on their heads, wailing in advance, for a improbable farfetched attack on some other country...
They have turned their attention from the scene of the crime. Too much for you darlings?
A mirror of your impotence or of your sellout?
800'000plus, Iraqi Children dead. I congratulate you. Let your new patron give you 800'000plus, medals as proof of your dedication for peace on earth.

As for the few honest voices left, let us commiserate together. Black sugarless coffee is on me, Arab hospitality oblige.

Meanwhile, my Iraqi little ones , die softly, make no noise, we don't want to disturb the slumbering consciences...Hush now, slip quietly, ever so quietly...into Death.

Postscript : I just read that a petition has been online for that crippled Iraqi dog mentioned in my previous article (see also comment section). A dog is more "neutral."See what I mean now ?!

Painting: Iraqi artist, AbdelAmir Alwan.

January 19, 2007

You ain't nothin' but a dog.

Where is that fascist french bitch brigitte bardot ? I need her in Baghdad now!
Someone find her for me. Otherwise contact the animals lovers in england or america. Call the society for the protection of animals, greenpeace, the wwf, the ecological movement, or any "liberal" "progressive" whose heart melts at the sight of endangered species.
Since they are not moved by the death or the maiming of humans maybe this will move them.
I would not bet on it though. It's an Iraqi dog. Another Arab dog.
A limping, injured, dog being "taunted" by american tiny pricks called soldiers. Threatening to kill the poor thing for "fun".

Killing as a sport, killing for rest and relaxation-your famous R&R, killing for pleasure, killing for leisure....killing coz you are so afraid of both, life and death. Cowardly bastards.

You have spared nothing and no one, not even a crippled animal. Just shows.
But guess what? Even that stray wild dog ran away from your filth. He could not stand your rancid stench.

Which reminds me of this article, where the author concludes by quoting right at the end of her expose:
"Despite anti-war sentiments...we have not seen as much of an outpouring of sympathy for the innocent (iraqi victims) of this war from Americans, as we did in the aftermath of that terrible photograph of that little girl on fire with napalm (in Vietnam.) Nothing seems to have quite seized the imagination of the American public... Maybe we're just in the early stages."

Early stages ? What more do you need to capture your perverse, sick imagination? What more ?

You brave american zionazi dogs.

Painting: Iraqi artist, Mohammed Sami

January 17, 2007

Ugly Tidbits.

A University- Baghdad :Al Mustansiriyah used to be one of the best in the Middle East.
Over 70 people blown to pieces. Mainly female students. Why target students ? Bunch of CRIMINALS! Pools of blood mixed with sewage and rain and human limbs and books floating amidst the debris.
Bush blames Al-Qaeda . Seems that is the only word he can pronounce correctly. He is also disappointed that they "fumbled" Saddam's killing. And the other dumbass Al-Maliki, the new Cyrus of Iraq, blames Saddamists terrorists. A new term in the genius vocabulary. And Blair the liar says these deaths are tragic but cannot be blamed on the occupation.

UN : Has finally awoken from its past Kofi Annan overdosing. It published today that the Iraqi government figures for Iraq's dead were underrated. It is not 16'000 as those bastards pretended, it is in fact 34'400 plus. And around another 34'000 injured. I say Bullshit. The figure for 2006 is around 60'000 dead and don't ask me for sources. I will not give them to you.

"Green"Kurdistan: is sending troops trained by Israhell to back the Americans/Iraqi Army.
Did I say Iraqi Army? typo. There is no Iraqi Army. There is a grouping of Militias/Death Squads/Badr Brigades/Al Mahdi thugs with the Ministry of Interior criminals and they constitute the so called Iraqi Army. The Kurdish general is requesting a translator since his boys can't speak Arabic. What ? And you claimed and whined for decades about forced Arabization !

And according to the UN again , Kirkuk is heading for some major troubles as our kurdish "brothers" are now found guilty of gross human rights violations and detentions with no charges of Arabs and Turkmen. No shit, did you just wake up now or what ? Plan - to annex Kirkuk and have the independent state of pastoral Kurdistan. Again, whilst the prime and proper english democrats supported an independent kurdistan, they are "edgy" about an independent Scotland. Blair calls the idea "crazy".Typical english hypocrisy.

The Iranian/Iraqi Boys : The lunatic Al Sadr has decided to end his "dignified" boycott of the puppet goverment . Ha,Ha and Ha. He has officially joined with the Badr Brigades to form a unified army for purging Baghdad from all Sunnis.
Meanwhile a document from the Islamic Revolutionary Council of Iran - sorry meant Iraq gives out clearn plans on how to proceed with the cleansing. The kurdish minister (too big of a word) Zebari confirms on the other hand that Iraq is edging closer to Iran with or without this latter's blessings. On a side note , all Iraqi embassies worldwide are now run by a majority of Kurds.
The foreign ministry of Kurdish Iraqi Affairs. Great representation of "Iraqi interests" abroad!

On the ayatollah's and mullah's front : This off the wires.
The not so grand ayatollah Sistani issued a fatwa that was quickly removed from his website, urging his faithful followers to undergo another set of ablutions if they ever shake hands with a sunni. This does not surprise me one bit. My good friend S. who is also a shi'a but not a retard, confirmed to me that when he was very young, he was told that sunnis have tails like dogs and he should avoid them at all costs.
On another note- Nasrallah from Hizballah of Ze Lebanon will be visiting Najaf and Kerbala soon before heading to Teheran. Maybe he needs to thank Sistani for his latest fatwa and train a few more Iraqi hizballah fighters in good ethnic cleansing. Notice the lebanese party of "God" never condemned any of the sectarian killings in Iraq and has kept conveniently quiet. Of course dears, Zionism oblige !

The Arab Fart World : is watching Iraq with dread , impotent and unable to move despite the heavy ass kissing they administered to Condi Rice. She needs to change that ugly hairdo by the way. Seems that Iraq is not as interesting as the sex tourism provided by Ze Lebanon. N'est ce pas Your Royal Highness ?
Oh and Syria has been engaging in secret talks with Israel since 2004 whilst beating the cacophonic anti-zionist drum.

Meanwhile :
- the killings, murdering, slaughtering in Iraq continue. Families are imprisoned and divided by fear.

-Prisons and detentions camps are overflowing with men as young as 13 years old held up with no charges. The latest official figure is around 30'000 (lost the link- do your own research).Of course nothing is done by the shitty government of Iraq to release them. Naturally, they are soooneees. But mountains were moved to release 5 iranian agents ( see here as well) from The Islamic republic Revolutionary Guards caught trafficking arms to their darling Death Squads. One of them is their Guru, Hassan Abassi also named as "Dr.Kissinger"(source Iran Press News)

-U.S Air strikes have sieged Baquba.

- More Palestinians are being massacred by the Mahdi Army. Hey Nasrallah where are your brave boys ? SorryI forgot, you are training the Iraqi death squads in Lebanon. Others are left stranded in no man's land as refugees again and again !

- It is now semi-official: the Husseiniyats have become torture and spy centers in and outside Iraq.
(many "refugees" who were also Dawah party members were actually spying on Iraqis and providing names to Mama Iran, to Papa America and its puppets. How do you think the liberation/occupation took place? Overnight ? It was planned long ago. Wake up !

- Another execution is planned for the end of the month.

- The worst refugee crisis since World War II - which will prove to be worse than the Palestinian exodus.

-Umm Yasser sold 2 year old Yasser to her neighbor for 10'000 dollars. She needed the money to bribe the prison guards at Abu Ghraib before they move her husband to Bokka prison.By then it would be too late. Her husband was arrested with no charges. Need I repeat myself all the time?
The neighbor wanted little Mariam (3months old) but then realized Mariam was still suckling.
Besides, Umm Yasser could not accept the 6'000 dollars offered for Mariam as the guards wanted 10'000. So Yasser has been sold. The father released . The mother, suicidal, is begging anyone who has seen Yasser (sems he is now in Egypt) to ask the lady to return the boy and Umm Yasser promises she will sell herself instead- just bring the boy back she cries.
(you will not find this story on your respectable CNN nor on your BBC.)

- My friend Nadia finally managed to get a box of antibiotics in capsule form.
She tried to swallow one but something stuck to her palate. She spat it out and found that the capsules have been emptied of the medication and filled with sand instead.

- Still no news from O. Maybe he is dead, maybe he is alive , or maybe he is a vegetable because of torture. Remains to be seen in the next gory episode from the "New Partitioned Iraq."

Sweet Dreams !

Painting : Iraqi artist, Munthir Ali.

January 16, 2007

Down Memory Lane...

My late grandmother, we call her Bibi in Iraqi dialect (pronouned BeeBee), has been on my mind a lot these past weeks. Usually, when that happens, it means that she portends a special message for us "out there."

When she passed away, we were under "the shock and awe" liberation campaign and she did not get the funeral she rightly deserved. She passed away during the night. But she did open her eyes that one last time and professed the testimony of the Unity of Faith. "There is no God but God and Mohamed is his messenger." Then she slipped quietly into Death and onto the other side.
I am glad Bibi passed away in such a way. I keep wondering how she would have coped in her old age with the current hell.

Did you notice something too? Hardly anyone mentions anything about the elderly in Iraq. You get to see quite a few articles on children and widows but nothing on the elderly. It is as if those don't matter anymore.
Marginalized by age, life and the liberation/occupation, they are waiting for death to deliver them from the violence they witness. A violence added to their many years of experience in Iraq, experiences that left not only deep wrinkles but also deep wounds. Who has time for them? An extra burden or so it seems.

One thing though, I am grateful for. The western fashion trend of placing our elderly in "old people's" homes has not caught up yet.
They are a source of wisdom, affection and ancestral continuity, they cannot be banished away in anonymous dorms and rooms and visited once a year.That would be a grave sin indeed.
Whatever the "shadows" of Arab culture , we have not been contaminated by the cult of youth, perfect health and unfaillible beauty yet, forcing us to abandon our elders.
I guess the saying of the Prophet Mohammed must still be ringing somewhere in our collective psyche :" He who has no compassion for our little ones and does not acknowledge the honour due to our elders is not one of us."

Getting back to Bibi. Bibi never made it to school even though she ardently desired to learn how to read and write. She was married off at a very young age and her life was far from being a smooth ride.
Even though she was an "illiterate" woman, she had the wisdom and the knowledge that very few "educated" women have today. She had what we call in Arabic "Fitra".
An innate knowing, an intuition that would pierce even the most complex dense situations,like a laser beam. And, she was able to tell you anything you needed to know about any person, just from one glance.

When the "war" was about to break out, I told her: " Bibi, the americans will be landing in Baghdad soon." She paused for a few minutes and her glassy eyes went into that "sacred space" and she replied :" They will be driven out like dogs." "But..." I protested.
She would not let me finish and waved with her hand to stop me in mid sentence. " I just know." she said. End of conversation.

Bibi was an Arab through and through. I did not know much about her own parents, except that her father was an "Effendi" ( a title given to someone from a higher strata of society) and that her mother i.e my great grandmother Layla, was a woman of beauty and tenacity.
Bibi gave me the only picture she had of my great grandmother. She said: "Hold on to it, my mother Layla is a saint."
When I asked her why, she replied matter of factly :" My mother lost 9 of her kids, I am the only survivor. When asked what is worse than losing your kids, your great Bibi Layla said , losing one's mind."
I did not press for more information on her parents as the subject made Bibi tearful and I could not bear see a tear on her smooth wrinkled cheeks.

Bibi lived in a "predominantly sunni " neighborhood.
Do you ever wonder how these people know what is predominantly sunni and what is predominantly shi'a neighborhoods? Like did they send statisticians and sociologists for surveys before rolling in? Or were the figures provided for them by their collaborators? Another topic worthy of social science research on "the manufacturing" of sectarianism.

Anyways, as I was saying , Bibi lived in let's say "Adhamiya" (now part of the soooneee triangle- well at least we are part of something- now that everything else is crumbling before our very eyes.)
I did say "let's say Adhamiya." I need to keep the exact location secret. You never know, they might go and dig out the dead from their graves, interrogate them and give them their final "seal" of torture. I would not want that to happen to Bibi.

When I was a little girl, around 10 years old, I used to go and spend several weeks on end at her place, which was quite often. And I was always in for a special treat.
Over and above her overflowing affection and attention , she had an amazing sense of humor. She would teach me the lyrics of old Iraqi songs and give me the "forbidden fruit"- ice cream and orange flavored iraqi made chocolate. Something that would send my mother into fits of fury. "How can you eat this mud ?" she would scold me. But for me, it was the best mud ever.

Another special treat I got from Bibi was her taking me for walks by the river.
Beautiful long stretches of a path bordered by diginified palm trees and red flowers. (it is now called the green zone)
I would pick some earth from the ground and put it in a plastic bag carefully chosen for the occasion and tell her: "Bibi ,everytime I will smell this earth, I will remember you."
She would give me a hearty laugh and say "I do not need to remember you with anything, you are engraved in my heart." And then she would hug me and I would get a whiff of her fresh odor, a mixture of rose essence and homemade soap. I will never forget that smell for as long as I live.

I had always admired her black "abaya" (not to be confused with chador please).
I was intrigued as to how she could walk with this long black thing. The interesting aspect of an abaya is that you could wear anything underneath it. You had this total veiled freedom.
One day Bibi sawed an abaya for me. I practiced walking in it but always tripped.
She took me to the market with her, in the very early hours of the morning.
We would buy hot bread and a thick cream made of buffalo milk to be savored later with tea, prepared with great care and gently brewed on charcoal.
These outings to the market were very special to me. I would wear my abaya and underneath it keep my cotton nightie. It felt so free to go out in your nightie, for a 10 year old kid like myself. But I kept tripping. So I settled to snuggling against her thigh underneath her abaya and look at the world from the opening of her sleeve. A safe, secure vision that I long for today.

Bibi was religious in her own way. She did not pray regularly nor fast. And when questioned by little inquisitive me, she would brush it aside claiming that she seen enough and that God understood. I loved that about Bibi, that veiled religiosity mixed with a dry sense of humor.
But she had reverence for the sacred and its symbols. She was the one who took me to all the shrines in Iraq. The "sunni" Imam Abu Hanifa mosque, the "sunni" Sheikh Abdel Qader al Gailani shrine, the "shi'a" Sayyed Al Kazem shrine... And outside of Baghdad, the "shi'a" Najaf and Kerbala shrines for the Imams Ali, Hassan and Al.Hussein.
And, out of respect for my christian side, she would take me to"Our Lady Maryam" church in the old parts of the city and buy candles for me to light whilst I uttered a prayer to our Lady to safeguard all of it.

On the Eid, she would buy a small lamb and have R. slaughter it according to the exact ritual, in the back of her small garden.
R. would tie the lamb's legs, place it's head towards Mecca, profess the testimony of faith, invoke the name of the Almighty, then bring the sharp knife to its jugular. At that point, I would cover my eyes with my tiny hands and still peek through them, trying hard to contain my tears. I reared that lamb and fed it daily before its slaughter.
Oddly enough, when I saw yet another video of the late President Saddam Hussein, being slaughtered on the Eid and having his feet tied before the gallows, this image from my childhood flashed through my mind with amazing clarity. I have not touched lamb since.

In the evenings and when the weather was mild, Bibi and I would sit in her front garden.
She braided my hair recounting to me stories whilst I was making necklaces of jasmin and orange blossom flowers...

I am very grateful for having been blessed with intimate, loving memories with Bibi.
They are my cushion today, something to fall back onto when the going gets rough.
They remind me that we had a life before, that love was a possibility.
Bibi's image represents to me Iraq as it used to be. She and the Iraq I have known (and no longer recognize) are one and the same.

How many Iraqi children can claim something similar today ?
Dear reader, do look after your elderly. They are irreplaceable.
Thank you Bibi.

Painting : Pionner Iraqi artist, AbdelQadir Rassam.

Burning News...

I called my lovely good friend Nadia, a sunni ( if you know how much I hate giving those sect qualifications) married to a wonderful man , a shia, living in a predominantly shi'a neighborhood in Baghdad.
She was crying softly on the phone and I could barely hear her speak. Finally her husband picked up the conversation and gave me the news.
As some of you may know, most of Baghdad has been without electricity for some time now.
Nadia was heating water on some kerosene heater, she wanted to bathe her kids.
She tripped and the boiling water fell all over her legs, arm and chest.
She cannot get to a doctor because they had already received death threats from the Mahdi & Co death squads and she fears leaving her house. So does her husband. They might never make it back if they go past that front door.
Her burns have turned to huge pus filled blisters and from what she described, I think the burning wounds are infected now. She cannot sleep, cannot eat, cannot walk from the pain.
Since the nearest pharmacy is a few blocks away and again too dangerous to reach, her husband upon the suggestion of some friend, is applying pads soaked in vinegar on the burns to disinfect them. And of course the burning pain is worsening and the blisters getting bigger and bigger, covering all her legs, her arm and her chest.
She said:" I feel I have chains around my feet, they are heavy and I cannot feel them anymore,what have I done to deserve this? Baghdad is burning, and I am burning with it."
I listened to Nadia and her husband and was overwhelmed with feelings of powerlessness.
I could do nothing for them. Nothing at all. Powerlessness and rage, a burning rage.

More murders today and more executions
. A "decapitation , a mishap, an accident". Two men wearing red orange jump suits with black hoods on their heads and one head rolled down the aisle. But the supervisor dutifully placed back next to the body.
"An act of God" said the hangmen. But overall , it went all so smoothly despite the bloody mess and very legal, naturally. A video was produced. Journalists were summoned to the Green Zone for a "special viewing".
The two ugly beasts US and the U.K decried the "manner" in which those hangings took place.
Don't you just love democracies of this type ? Beacons of human rights, fairness and objectivity.
Giving birth to an even greater democracy called the New Iraq.

What are they planning next ? Sell Iraqi, sunni, baathist, arab, nationalist, patriotic... blood in plastic bottles in the new free Baghdad market?
Vendors pushing carts and grocery shops would be advertising for it soon.
"Hey, here is a plastic bottle for you, cheap blood, only a dollar a piece . Offer it as a present to your loved ones. Drink it , baptize yourself with it, wash yourself with it, gargle with it or splash it on your burning wounds. Ahh feel the cooling effect! "
Nice job american/iraqi/english/iranian ...vampires. Very nice. A banquet of meat and blood.
If you don't like it raw , we will roast if for you on kerosene heaters. Make sure though, no to burn yourself like my friend Nadia.
Bon appetit.

Painting : Iraqi artist, Mohammed Sami.

January 14, 2007

Raw from the Morgue...

You know something, everytime I promise myself to wear softer gloves with you, a piece of news forces me to get another pair of a different kind, out.
I don't like it that way. But this is a "way" you forced upon me, despite my good intentions, despite my values, despite my ideals, despite my humanness.
Why are you so adamant of stripping me of whatever ties me to you ?
You want it ? You will get it. If not from me , a "simple" woman... but you will get it for sure. Just be patient.
I am certain your old timer colonialists are still complaining over a couple of gin and tonics in for "men only" "fraternity clubs ": Damn it, those Arabs are too unruly.
Yes, sorry Sir, we are. Do bring them on...
If us, "desert ragheads" have anything in our favor, it is this one thing. An enormous sense of dignity. ( and no amount of pornographic sadism a la Gitmo style will take it away.)
Something you are not very used to. I do understand but don't expect me to sympathize for your loss of that basic "thing". That raw unnameable "thing" that is so foreign to you , yet so vital for us.
It is no longer a question of survival in the face of death, nor a survival of the fittest (according to your social theories of crude Darwinism).
It is not even a "narcissistic" question of national pride.
It is not about oil, even though you love the concept because it is so safe and easy.(and because it absolves you of any response-ability).
It is not about geopolitics even though this latter is central.
It is beyond all of that.
It is a question of Dignity. Not Arab dignity, nor Muslim dignity. No, that has nothing to do with it. It is all about Human Dignity. Touch it , feel it now. Feel the texture, see how smooth and soft it is .
You have tried to erase that one with force and we are safeguarding it and reclaiming it with the exact same force if not more.
Bring them on...

Easy equation. No need for sophisticated theories here. It is all out there for you to see. Simple but very effective.
Now enjoy the ride to... the Morgue. And let Death be the ultimate Judge.
Pitiful, very pitiful lot.

Painting :Iraqi Artist, Saad Al Qaabi.