January 24, 2008

Look what they've done, ma...

I can’t get this song out my head. Been humming since yesterday...just can’t stop.

I sleep, wake up and am singing it. I walk the streets, and it follows me everywhere like a shadow. And as I type this, am listening to it...and singing along.

Maybe you can help.

I know everyone is engrossed with the tragedy of Gaza right now. And rightly so.

Got my own thoughts on Hamas though - will save them for later.

The only thing I can say, is that we have moved from a one state solution, to a two state solution to a three state solution...

Bantustan comes to mind. What a wonderful way to finish off the “Palestinian cause."

Expect the same in Lebanon soon. In Iraq on the other hand, it’s already a done deal.
Do thank Israel, Iran, and of course the U.S.A (and the poodle GB) and of course the Gulf countries plus others...Conspiracy? Nope. REALITY? Yes.

But I still can’t get this song out of my mind...It’s getting even more urgent.

Sing it along with me will you ?

Look what they’ve done to my song, ma
Look what they’ve done...
It was the only thing that I could do half right and
It’s turning out all wrong, ma.
Look what they‘ve done to my brain, ma...
Well, they’ve picked it like a chicken bone and
I think am half insane, ma
Look what they’ve done to my song...
I wish I could find a good book to live in...
Well, if I could find a real good book,
I’d never have to come out and look at
what the'y ve done to my song.
Ils ont changé ma chanson, ma.
C’est la seule chose que je peux faire
Et ce n’est pas bon, ma
Look what they’ve done to my song...
Tied up in a plastic bag and turned it
Upside down...
Look what they’ve done, ma...

If you don’t want it to rain, you can always click here and listen instead of sing.

The urge to hum this particular song, came after I heard the latest from Iraq.

No, not the usual 50 dead a day. No not that--something else...

Look what they’ve done to our flag, ma.
They turned it upside down, ma.
Tied it up and threw it to the grounds, ma...

From 1963-1991: the Iraqi flag had 3 green stars*** Unity (Arab and Iraqi unity), Freedom and Socialism.

From 1991-2003: “God is great” was added to the Iraqi flag, handwritten by the legitimate president of Iraq -Saddam Hussein.

In 2004, Bremer, the American Zionist gangster, cowboy tried to introduce a new flag. A blue crescent on a white background, and underneath two blues lines and a yellow one in the middle. Very close to the Israeli Zionist flag.

It was rejected. Iraqis had still a little honor left in 2004.

But, the sectarian nature of the new puppet government put in place by both the Americans and the Iranians, changed the handwriting of Saddam Hussein “God is great” to a Kufi calligraphy.

Kufi calligraphy comes from KUFA, the now Iranian sectarian Shiite enclave. And the three stars*** came to represent “Justice, Equality and Peace."

Please allow me to roll on the floor laughing...

What fucking Justice, Peace and Equality is there under a triple occupation- Iranian, American and Israeli ?

But, it did give us a foretaste of what was about to unfold...

The Bantustan of Iraq, with the South claiming to be a state of its own. And Kurdistan another independent state of its own.

The Kurds refused the Iraqi flag. I have mentioned it on several occasions. Any one carrying the Iraqi flag is imprisoned in so-called Kurdistan.

They have their own flag now. Red, white, and green with a yellow star in the middle. They might as well put the Star of David, would add up to exactly the same.

Lately, the chauvinist zionist Kurds have been pressing to have the flag totally changed. They wanted the stars removed, and “God is great" written in Yellow (yuk!) and with a blue lining for the Turkmen--hahahahah.
Is that before or after they annex Kirkuk?

(for more on the Iraqi flag, you can watch the Al-Jazeera video here)

Hot debates have ensued in the puppet Iraqi “parliament” and yesterday – the final decision was taken. The Iraqi flag will be red, black and white, and the stars will disappear.
And only “God is great” will be left, in Kufi writing naturally.

Morale of the story, you can kiss Unity, Freedom and Socialism goodbye. And you can settle for more red blood, black Iranian - Shiite mourning and the white bits of a vanquished Iraq.

And the hidden morale of the story is – No one will help us but God. That’s the only thing left in Iraq. Leave it to Allah. No one else can sort this mess.

Now the best part is - in a near future (once Bantustan is complete), they will ask Iraqi artists to come up with yet new propositions for new flags. And the Iraqi puppet government will choose accordingly who comes up with the best. If you are artistically endowed you may apply too.

But it does not stop there. They also want to change the national anthem. A beautiful national anthem with the most beautiful lyrics that stress that Iraqis will not bow down and surrender like slaves. That too will change soon.

This is your new Iraq. Anyone can come up with a new flag and a new national anthem.

These two that we held onto during hard times, giving us pride, strength and hope. And even that is taken away from us.

Look what they’ve done, ma...
They have invaded us, occupied us, killed us, destroyed our country, our history, our heritage, our people, humiliated us, pillaged us, plundered us, impoverished us, divided us, tortured us, raped us, imprisoned us, exiled us and now they changed our flag.

Look what they’ve done to us, our country and flag, ma...

Everyone is busy with Gaza, everyone is busy with everything else, while Iraq is being ripped apart, symbolically, politically, socially, economically...

Everybody is busy with something else while Iraq is being re-drawn, re-mapped to suit the American, Israeli and Iranian interests...

A whole nation changed beyond recognition, and their indifference is mightier than their swords.

Iraq is not sexy, not interesting and not romantic to them.

Look what they’ve done to our beautiful Iraq, ma

Look what they’ve done...

You can keep humming this song...But know, it will apply to other places, other flags and other people soon, very soon.

Keep at it and sing ...

Maybe it'll all be all right, ma
Maybe it'll all be OK
Well if the people are buying tears
Then I'm gonna be rich someday, ma
Look what they've done...

Painting: Iraqi artist, Abdel Ameer Alwan.