Of course you would not know. Because you don't want to know, or care to know.
No, you don't know.
So let's take baby steps through your Occupation, shall we ?
OK, this is how it started...
Mixed Neighborhoods. Intermarriages. No sectarian strife... - How many times need I repeat myself !
- Sectarian strife. Segregated neighborhoods. Walled Ghettos. Divorce...and...lost homes.
OK let me take you again through the baby steps, since you seem to be a bunch of infantile retards who have zero capacity for comprehension.
You have a home, house, apartment, studio, plot of land, tent, hut...call it what you like...You leave it for X reason but in our case - because you were FORCED to.
Whilst away, you run out of means to survive. You want to return. You return. You take out your key, you put it in the door, you can't unlock it. You think you are dreaming. You check the street, the numbers, yes you are in the right place. You knock on the door. Some strange face opens. You say, is this my home ? But this is my home! And the strange face tells you go to hell - you have no home here.
So you circle around the house, building, tent, hut, whatever it is, and you pinch yourself...and you say I swear that was my home and that was my neighborhood.
Then it hits you - you have no more home.
So being a citizen who believes in the rule of law - you go to the "Authorities." They mock you or they offer you 300$ as compensation. You shake your head in disbelief and say - this cannot be. So you decide to seek a lawyer.
You are told - be careful whom you chose as a lawyer, because all the honest ones are out of the country and you may fall on some charlatan, sectarian son of a bitch who will take all your money and deliver zilch. But you try anyway, knowing by now that your chances are nil. Because there is NO RULE OF LAW IN A LAWLESS OCCUPIED COUNTRY.
Do you get it now or should I draw a picture for you ?
What's the matter, you still don't get it - even though I gave you tiny baby steps ?
OK, let me put it to you differently through a question - since you are so thick.
What do you think those 5 million Iraqi refugees since 2003, are doing in neighboring countries ?
Do you think they are on a holiday, sightseeing ?
Oh ! I see you are still shaking that retarded dumb head of yours...You still don't get it do you ? Too difficult to comprehend ?
Maybe your new Messiah, the "chosen one" the booma Obama will explain it to you or maybe kundara Gordon Brown, the greasy - once a week bath - Brit will do the job.
Or maybe your Zionist lobby will explain it to you. Am sure they know all about it, but they will pretend they know nothing. See - this is how dumb you are !
I am sounding like a teacher for juvenile delinquents.
Damn, I must have missed my vocation as a teacher. Even though I was told I would be a really good one. To be honest I was never into juveniles...Mental teenagers bore the shit out of me. And I seem to be surrounded by them at age 40 ++. These MENTAL SOCIOPATHS teenagers are Americans and English for the most part. It is called -- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.
And since these two countries suffer from arrested development, they try to inflict the same on others. They ARREST THEIR DEVELOPMENT. Nay, they don't only do that. They also DESTROY WHATEVER NATURAL DEVELOPMENT THERE WAS.
Again, we will go through the baby steps my little "darlings."
In Baghdad, the city I know best, there was NO all predominantly Sunni, Shiite or Christian neighborhoods. This is a MYTH that your disgusting media tried to propagate. There is one exception though. Al-Thawra now baptized as Sadr City. This dump made of convicts, thieves and outlaws was "predominantly" Shiite. One day I will give you the history of Sadr City, but not today. Today I want to walk baby steps with you. Yalla, clever ones, there you go, have a lollipop whilst I walk through post-2003 Baghdad.
Let's us forget about the Green zone for a while...
I know, I know, you love your little amusement there. Uncle Sam, Auntie, Papa and Mama have some American goodies stored for you there but let me walk you through the Red Zone for a change.
Don't be afraid. Come on now, me who thought you were so brave and loved Rambo films.
Auntie Layla is holding your "sweet" little hands - fear not.
Look at this neighborhood for instance - it is called Arassat Al-Hindiya.
See the beautiful houses right by the river - pieds dans l'eau.
Let me tell you who inhabits them today. Since your papa and mama liberated us, these houses were taken over by the Supreme Council of Shits from Iran - the Hakeem/Badr group, the Dawa of Maliki and the rural/tribal shepherds from the Barazani/Talabani group.
This is what they did. They would take over a house. Then when the owner comes to claim it, depending on who the owner is - they either say: it is ours - or they will offer you some money to buy it. If you are short of money because you have been in exile for so long, you might concede. But if you don't concede and say this is my house -- they will give you their yellowish sectarian Shiite/chauvinistic Kurdish smile and say - you have no choice.
Or take for example another "cool" neighborhood. Yarmook and Jadriya. Same principle.
Or take Mansour or Karrada - same principle.
Now if you happen to live in a slightly more popular area, like Dora, Amil, Haifa, Falasteen, Sleikh... then, there you really have no choice at all. If those who took over your house are armed...you can kiss your house goodbye. They will not move. Unless they are willing to settle for big money. And if you don't have big money, you are screwed for good.
But there are more variations...
You leave your home, and you ask someone to look after it. That someone lost his home during your never ending "liberation", he moves in into yours. Then he is short of money or his relatives also lost their homes. So he rents out some rooms or brings in more people to live with him. So you return and you want your home back, what do you do with 3 to 4 families living there ? Where will they go ? Again you are screwed.
Or let's take another example. You have a land or some property and your father, sister, brother, mother, daughter, cousin, uncle, aunt...was kidnapped and tortured by the death squads that YOU had put in place, and they ask for a ransom. So you sell your house, land, property, hut, tent whatever it is - to pay your kidnappers for their release. If you don't have the money, you borrow. Then you have to reimburse. So you have to sell whatever it is you owned. And you want to return?
You can't. You are up to your neck in debts finishing off the payments and you have nothing to return to. Again you are screwed.
Let's take yet another example. You live on some plot of land, in a small house on the outskirts of Baghdad. You leave because they threatened to kill, rape or torture you. The minute you are gone, they come and set up their homes on your land. The area becomes all Shiite, you know you will never be able to go back to that land. So what do you do? You try to sell it hoping that those who took it will buy it. Since they took it by force why should they buy it?! So you let go, and you pack your suitcases and apply for emigration to some God forsaken brothel country in the West.
This is what happened and what is happening to our homes since you decided to "liberate" us.
Do you understand now ? Fat chance. You will never understand.
But hey, you understood when an earthquake or a hurricane blew it over for you...did you not ? But at least you could blame a natural disaster for that.
Guess what assholes - you are a disaster for me, albeit a man made disaster.
A disaster of a people and a disaster of a nation. (filthy Brits, you are not excluded here)
And I pray to the Almighty, every time you put that key in that hole, and turn it, the door will remain shut and locked in your face(s).
Only then, will you remember me/us and remember your "home sweet home."
Painting: Iraqi female artist, Alia Al-Azzawi.