December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

I am looking forward to a new year and have prepared a few rituals to close the door on 2010.

All this is very symbolic, but a necessary rite of passage...

I have no resolutions to mention, I believe in transformation, not resolutions...I believe in metamorphosis not lists of - I must, I should...This, on a purely personal level.

Insofar as Iraq is concerned, I am not optimistic. The American/Iranian destruction has been too deeply structurally ravaging - generations of Iraqis will be paying the price of your evilness for decades to come.

I might be closing the door on 2010, but one thing I will never let go of, is my deep contempt and loathing for the United States of America.

I see you as midgets, the midgets of history and no amount of new year resolutions will change that, not in 2011, not in 2020....and no amount of rituals, magic or prayers will lift that cruel but sweet and well deserved karma you will be collectively facing. Of that am sure.

The Dead, the Missing, the Maimed, the Amputated, the Wounded, the Traumatized, the Deformed, the Widows, the Orphans, the Exiled of Iraq wish you a Happy 2011.

December 30, 2010

The Final Chapter...

I just spent a whole hour giving birth to a poem
so called poem
a few lines
wrenched from my guts
with the forceps of a Condi Rice
propelled from my womb
with phosphorus labor pangs

My connection to the outside world
died on me
I lost my poem
my few lines
from a final chapter
from a long lost
forgotten book...

My connection died on me
like others died on me
slumping like pieces of wood
in my arms
charcoal brown
a withered dried leaf
in Autumn
blue, a Summer sky
pastel pale
budding flowers in Spring
white as a snow flake
a full moon
in a crispy cold
Winter night.

My connection died on me
this is not the first time
me who wanted
to write heroic epics
made of magical numbers and codes
made of lost dwellings
and secret rites
of an ancient people.


I lost my lines
the lines of a final chapter
from a never ending story...
This is my final chapter
a few sentences
from a poem betting
on connections...

This is my final chapter
from a long love story
a romance
with ghosts
where lovers
meet in graves,
erect tomb stones
in each other's names...

This is my final chapter
a graffiti of Freedom
sprayed on brick walls
dividing you
dividing me,
dividing me.

Plastered on my words
drowning my voice
cheap posters
images
of chadors and unshaven men
with yellowed teeth
yellowed like the book
am holding in my hand
the long lost book...


This is my final chapter
my final cry
my final tear.


This is my final chapter
my Love
time has come
to bury
you.

December 25, 2010

Baghdad's Bloody Xmas Leaks...

Merry Christmas? Happy Holidays? Season's Greetings? What Christmas, what Holidays, what Greetings?!

Another Christmas has gone by and the American Santa has delivered us nothing but body bags and blood containers...

Now that Arab Sunnis have been ethnically cleansed and exiled in thousands, it is the Iraqi Christians turn.

For the Festivities, they closed down their Churches, ripped the decoration, packed their suitcases and forced themselves into a permanent exile.

Around this time of the year, between the 24 and 31st of December, the corrupt criminal Jingle Bell boys installed by the US Santa are sure to deliver you some goodies...

No wonder this time of the year is the most painful one for me. Excruciatingly so.

Moreover a friend in Baghdad, I'll call him/her A.sent me the following :

I don't know where to start...there is no day that goes by without news of assassinations and killings. The use of the Silencer gun is their preferred method. Just a few days ago, there was another murder a few streets from where we live. The guy was found dumped on the road! Again, a few days ago there was another killing with the Silencer in the Yarmuk area, the body had no ID.

The Silencer has become quite popular. These are deaths I have heard about through friends and some death are so near by... and every other day a member of my family comes home and tells me another person has been killed. Killings are taking place in broad day light even in busy areas... for instance, a couple of people were walking by and all of a sudden some guy just falls over shot with a silencer gun. Some people are saying it reminds them of 05 06 07 when they woke up and found people dead on the streets. Sometimes there are 2 or 3 assassinations a day...many of them we dont know much about because its only word of mouth, things dont get out much here.

Just got today there were HEAPS of Silencer killings today... In Mansour apparently the treasurer of Malikis party was killed and director general of ministry of electricity...those are the known people, the others are unknown. Some say they wonder how they've even managed to dodge all the killings that are going on, its getting worse day by day. Needless to add, there are also daily explosions.

Freedom of speech is as you know very rare, I don't know if I can survive living here any longer, you're not allowed an opinion and you're not allowed to be outspoken in any way. On 5th of December in the Afternoon a journalist was killed in the Mansour area...in broad daylight. People were saying that he was more or less outspoken (probably spoke out against the government). Oh and he was also killed with the Silencer gun.

Christians families are moving out of Baghdad to the North on their way out of the country.
One family I heard of, came back from the North to pack the remaining of their belongings, they were slaughtered outside their house.

People are feeling particularly unsafe this month and all are trying to avoid going out. There is a weird feeling going around, a great feeling of uncertainty. And the rise in assassinations with silencer guns is quite frightening...

Oh and before the electricity goes out, did you know that the government is planning on closing all clubs, even family clubs!

end of message.

That shit radio is playing yet another Christmas song...something in me is dying, it's already dead...

I haven't really celebrated anything since 2003.

And nothing since December 2006.

December 18, 2010

American Blues...

Truth be told, I tremendously dislike you...at times I vehemently hate you.

Iraq apart...aside, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and the rest aside,

I find you petty, stupid, dumb, uncultured and uncivilized...

I hate your fucking chewing gum, your lifestyle, your ideals, and your ideas...I happen to believe you have no ideas. To have an idea presupposes you are capable of independent thought...which, alas, is not the case.

I also tremendously dislike your left, your anti war politically correct crowd. I find them opportunistic, shallow, parrot like, and anyone can buy them with a buck ($) or two.

I don't respect America. Truth be told.

I don't respect America or Americans...

In my hearts of hearts, despite your technology, your death industry, very potent I must add..
Despite your trying so hard to "alternatively" cultivate yourselves here and there...

I find you quite provincial.

Not only do I find you provincial...in your mind frame, in your ways of being, I also find you terrible naive in an devilish sort of way...

Your lies disturb me, tremendously so. No matter how much you are told the truth, you will stick to any lie that is convenient for you...

Since you are a people who can't see beyond their navels, in other words, totally myopic - regardless of how much you've been around - you are a people that does not interest me the least bit.

You are boring, you are predictable, you are basically full of bullshit.

You have fully become the stereotype you struggle against.

Struggle is a big word...

No American has truly struggled in anything, nor on any front...You are fucking drama queens...inventing enemies and fronts to give you a raison d'être...

Your men are boring, your women are even more so, and your nasal shit of an accent is an affront to anything called "harmony of the senses".

Nothing in you impresses me. Nor your left, nor your right, nor your so called intellectuals...nor God forbid, your academics.

For me, your're like American idol- the show. You like to think you're a cause célèbre, but you're totally perdue. LOST.

Besides, no one outside your borders gives a fuck about you as a "people". Sorry but that's the honest truth.

Yeah, that's the way it is.

I wonder why ?!

Iraqi Blues...

A Open Letter to the Iraqis.

You must know, it is not you who keeps me going, it is Iraq.
It is the collective memory, the collective consciousness that keeps me going...not you.

You are a sham of a people.
It hurts me to say so publicly but that is the truth.

I am not an idiot. I understand people and where they come from...I know the pain and I know the apprehension, the fear, the shut up keep quiet...
This is not to minimize the wounds
nor to bury the scars
this is a plea for a Revolt
not even a plea
just a statement, an open letter...


I am so disappointed in you
all of you
specially those of you on the outside
I am no idiot
I know you're still alive
I know you're struggling
and I know how opportunistic you have become...

It shames me
I want to hide in shame
cover myself in blankets
of forgetfulness...

This is not what I learned
this is not what I saw
before
before...

I am not sure anymore
if there's a before
if there's an after


All I know is
lives gone in vain
sacrificed for you
And you
you
where are you ?


I see no point fighting
in the cemeteries
of Conscience


Green cards, titles, Members of Parliament
special passes and body guards.

You jumped on a bandwagon
that takes you nowhere
you are dead
already dead...


I must call it an open letter to the Dead
I stand a better chance
to be heard.

December 16, 2010

Iraq Will Not Go On The Back Burner.

Yeah you read me right, Iraq will not go on the back burner.

What the fuck is this ?! I am everywhere...I read, I observe, I hear.. All of you should be repeating IRAQ day in, day out...yes Iraq, a WHOLE country gone because of your silence...a WHOLE nation, a WHOLE people...

What the fuck is this ?! Someone slap me, someone pinch me...I can't believe the Silence.

I repeat -- a US military armada greater than the size of the one used during World War II invaded this country, a country the size of California and that during the 21st century-- the age of Human rights, the age of the Global Village, the age of Democracy. And you are still silent?

During World War 2, the civilian cost was roughly 45%. During Vietnam it was 70% and during the US invasion and occupation of Iraq it is at 90%.

And you are still silent ? I can't fucking believe it!

What are you trying to tell me here ? Are you trying to tell me that this a fait accompli and I should accept it ? If this is so -- then, accept the Israeli Jewish Zionist occupation of Palestine.


I am disgusted with you lot, I am disgusted and my disgust knows no nationality, no boundaries, no frontiers...

I am also disgusted with the fucking Iraqis...

I can't believe it. Not over my dead body, Iraq will never go on the back burner.

December 15, 2010

Broken Bottle Blues...

Refer to my previous post first.

Some wrote to me wanting "clarifications" regarding the video I referred to in my previous "rant".

First, I have already translated this video into English and it was published on Uruknet some weeks ago.

So here we go again.

Video is of Jaysh Al-Mahdi army of Muqtada Al-Sadr (who wants a ban on bottles of alcoholic drinks) torturing by sodomizing a detainee with a broken bottle. In beginning of video which I forced myself to watch over 3 times for the sake of Truth

-the torturer says: are you going to talk or do you want the bottle again.
-the man pleads with him, more like shrieks like a regressed infant about to rejoin the womb again.
- the man gets sodomized again and you can hear his screams
- the man dies
- the aide says he's dead.
- the torturer asks again - is he dead for sure, bring the electrical cables
- another voice says throw water on him to wake him up
- another man says - no he's dead for sure.
- the man is dead from sodomy by a broken bottle in the New Iraq.

I want this video circulated widely with the brief translation that I have just given you now. And I want it shoved in the Western, Muslim and Arab faces of the pro-Iran - antiwar, liberal, progressive, left accomplices in the death of this detainee. One death out of thousands in the new Iraq of Freedom and Democracy.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go and vomit my guts out.

December 14, 2010

Drilling Blues...

My life seems to be made out of Blues...postnasal blues, drilling blues, woman's blues, Iraqi blues...

Is it the blues or is it an obsession ?

Maybe am obsessed...am totally obsessed, possessed more like it...maybe it's the "aura" of the "anti American" "fiery nationalistic cleric" Muqtada Al-Sadr that has taken hold of me. Maybe I can't shake off those Muqtada Blues...

It's not that I have anything against fat bastards with rotting teeth...as long as I am not asked to kiss them, or be forced to kiss them...in the context of the Shiastan blues.

In present day Iraq, if you can't afford to kiss, you are drilled...okay you were drilled, now you're just playfully poked, jabbed with manual screw drivers or you're just sodomized to death like in this video courtesy of the Jaysh Al-Mahdi now re-baptized as some cultural and charity organization who plays poker politics and vies the Ministries of "Education, Culture, Trade, Finance, Health"...to the great pleasure of the antiwar and leftists crapolas on Iran's payroll.

You see in the new Iraq all is permissible - trafficking of children, sexual slavery as in Muta'a temporary marriages for 10$ till contract do us part, having your ass grilled on barbecues as a form of torture (cannibalism coming soon), sodomy till death do us part, abductions, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, day light killings, stealing, theft, corruption...all of that is permissible...really. You're really fine if you engage in any or all of the above activities/hobbies. But...

But please...you need to respect the local "conservative" "Islamic" "culture" of the country, you need to respect morals and have a modicum of decency...hence, sorry you're not allowed to consume any alcoholic drink...that would be most "haram". You will be surely trespassing against the laws of God and the Vilayat al Faqih from Qum - Iran. That will make the Ayatollahs and the Mullahs most displeased...

You shall not be blessed no more in the new Iraq with 2.8 ethanol running in your veins.

Listen, as long as we can sodomize you till death, you're fine..but please don't drink and don't drink and smoke and don't drink and drive...OK?

Ah, never mind me ! Just got a bad case of the drilling blues...

December 9, 2010

Post Nasal Blues ...

I get a weird form of Sinusitis...the doc calls it postnasal drip. So when the cold or "kewl" season arrives, I take all my precautions...

I'm an obsessive Arab. I wash everything. But I can't wash away those nasal blues...

The other day, I overheard that postnasal drip. I was kind of stuck, could not run for the nearest exit, as I usually do, in such unfortunate circumstances.

That squeaky, mousy, nasal shit was being drilled in my ears...like some long whine, a never ending whine...

I have sensitive ears...I do, really.

And these drawn out words were doing me in...

I felt the panic rise in me...breath deep woman. In, out...inhale, exhale...

This is what happens to me every time I hear an American accent...something in me snaps and flips.

I shared that with a friend ...who assured me I was not insane. He told me -- you just have the American postnasal blues and it keeps dripping...

December 6, 2010

Yeah, Iraq again !

I am really sorry to bother you...I know you have more important things. Health insurance, tax cuts, BP spill and another flotilla to Gaza.

Yeah it's Iraq again. And will always be.

I will not let this GENOCIDE go by. I will not allow the Holocaust of Freedom and Democracy vanquish me...so it's Iraq again on the agenda. I put it on the agenda, top priority, top of the list.

Iraq, a country the size of California, where by the words of a General of the US.army, (Odierno), has witnessed the BIGGEST, LARGEST movement of military equipment -- the US armada --since WORLD WAR II.

In other words, since World War II there has not been anything similar...for a country the size of California.

World War II ? Do any of you read history at all ? Do you know how many allies there were during World War II ? And during World War II, military technology was not as "advanced".

Iraq, the size of California, a "third world" country, broken by over 10 years of sanctions, and all this military might to defeat the "enemy". And you expect me to let it go just like that and concentrate on your tax cuts, health insurance, spills and flotillas ?

Oh boy, you don't really know what a true Iraqi is.

Fact of the matter is I will NEVER let it go. Not until some Justice is done. Like it or not - that's the way it is and that's the way it shall be...

No one talks of Iraq anymore...hardly ever. Re-read what I just wrote above.

Fuck it, I will not let those bastards drive us into the shadows of cemeteries. I claim life by claiming words.

Yet I feel so powerless...an old keyboard, hundreds of articles, hundreds of testimonies and a lonely voice. Where are the Iraqis ?

Did they all become ghosts of this Occupation ? Is there anyone at home ?

At times I want to give up...this is not something I can do alone...I am not superwoman, ignorance surrounds me like a thick wall of silence...I try to keep that tiny flame alive in me...in the darkness. Its death means mine.

No, I will not let them erase it.

Facing my old keyboard and typing these words, incoherent at times, is my only sanity...

No I will not let them erase it.

It's Iraq again.

December 4, 2010

Blow it Away...To a suicide Bomber.

I understand the need to blow up, explode...I see where you, the poor you is coming from...I understand what you've been through, how they managed to capitalize on your pain...

Most likely, you're still young, a starter, wanting to do it well...wanting to gain favors, you who have lost it all.

See that body laying there in pieces...it's yours.

Next to it lies tens of other bodies...dispersed like flowers in a field...a field, a garden, you've always wanted to visit.

I went to the butcher this afternoon

He's in the habit of selling dead meat

He's a kind man...he's doing his best.

I went to the vegetable stalls,

He's 40 something, has 5 kids, and is God fearing

maybe he does cheat a little every now and then

but his crime is nothing compared to yours...

December 3, 2010

Looking Back...

I have to rush out but I really need to write down those impressions before heading for the door...

I went through my usual Friday morning ritual; buy the daily paper, and go for a coffee. I always try to find a secluded corner - I hate noise, and am not too friendly with crowds. I found a nice spot by the window. I like being by the window, makes me feel part of the outside world yet this transparent glass acts like some barrier, frontier, border, separation...a necessary distance.

Ten minutes later, 2 elderly couples walked in, they must have been in their mid to late 70's. Am not really good at guessing ages - anything beyond 40 is difficult for me to figure out.

At first, I felt an annoyance stir up in me, after all I went to great length to find that exact spot and now it's being invaded by two couples. But they looked jovial and happy, the ladies were elegantly dressed and the husbands looked caring. A refreshing breeze from the usual stale energy and the deep frowning lines engraved like some national trademark, some stamp of national recognition...

My slight irritation eased off as I observed these two couples reminiscing with joy at some past stories. They talked of a certain wedding where the bride tripped, a cousin's birthday party, a vacation they took together...and they found it all very amusing, laughing their heads off...

They were looking back in time...

I noticed that about the elderly, whenever they converse together or when you actually take time to talk to them and listen, they will almost always refer to the past...to some reservoir of memories and souvenirs that they have kept like a photo album in their minds...

Could it be that when one reaches old age, the future is no longer relevant ? Could it be that when you are in your 70's, 80's and death is sure to knock on your door, leading you to the Unknown -- the past becomes your anchor, your raison d'être to continue your remaining days with a little joy ?

From my observations, I feel this is very much the case.

Of course, as in situations like this one, my mind always takes me back to Iraq...and I wondered what will the elderly of Iraq fall back onto ? What kind of memories and souvenirs ?

I noticed the glass window separating me from the outside world growing denser, more opaque, misty, as if covered with a fog, a cloud of smoke and exhaling breaths...

The place was slowly filling up, it was time for me to find another spot.

December 1, 2010

Iraqi Wajd...

Wajd in Arabic can mean trance, ecstasy, passion, rapture...

Halet Wajd means a state of trance, ecstasy, passion, rapture.

Iraq despite and in spite of it all -- still inspires me with all the above.



Youtube : Nasser Shamaa, Iraqi Artist, composer and Oud virtuoso. uploaded by saeed885

November 28, 2010

Crucified Fragments...

Iraq's mosaic, social fabric has disintegrated - that's it. I do not want to hear any bastard talk of national reconciliation no more. There is no national reconciliation because there is no national project and there is no national culture because there is no Nation-State and no Nation left.

This is the stark Truth. A destroyed, disintegrated, torn, fragmented, crucified country. Crucified at the altar of American democracy and freedom, crucified at the altar of Iranian political Shi'ism, crucified in the offices of big business contracts, crucified in an oil field. Crucified and abandoned. Will it ever resurrect ? I don't think so - I have lost faith. God has abandoned us. And I want to shout - Oh Lord why have you forsaken us ?!

Yesterday - 265 Iraqi Christians families have fled from Baghdad and Mosul to Erbil. They were carrying a blanket, a pillow and a few belongings. They are roaming the streets of Erbil to find a place to sleep. One said - we can't even find a tent.

A Christian committee has been set up and they declared the following : We are Iraqis, we will not follow the Western agenda that is urging us to leave our country - into exile. This is our land. We demand autonomous self rule in the plains of Nineveh.

Is there more to say ?

November 27, 2010

Open Chapters in Dungeons...

I am starting to sound like some old woman - you know, the one who keeps repeating the same story and everyone around nods their head in politeness and once she turns her back, they raise their eyebrows as if to say --- yeah it's her again, she's at it again !

Well yes, am at it again. Why shouldn't I ? What has changed for me to change that "broken record"?

How many of you can live a "normal" life not knowing what has happened to the people you care for ?!

I still don't know where O. is and if he's still alive. It's a big mystery. Why can't anyone tell us ? What is this Freedom where you simply disappear and no one knows anything about your whereabouts ? Is he dead, is he alive, where is he, what happened, if dead where is his body, in which mass grave, who saw him last, in which prison, was he badly tortured, how did he die, did he die, can we keep hope, can we still wait some more, can anyone tell us anything ? these are questions I live with daily...

I still want to know what happened to O. I need closure, I need to close a chapter, a story, I need to add it to the list of victims of Freedom and Democracy...I need to know. This not knowing is driving us crazy...it sounds rather expedient, matter of fact, kind of - let's get on with it...we have no options...we must get on with it. But we still need to close chapters. Excuse me if that bothers you, if that's too much of a demanding exigent request, but yes, we're willing to face death, as long as we can close chapters...or maybe that's too much to ask? Maybe we're not allowed that basic thing...maybe we're supposed to stay in a limbo forever...suspended in between life and death like some purgatory for unknown sins...or maybe the sin of his name - O. for Omar.

I finally managed to get news from K. We now know in which dungeon he's been taken to again, again, and fucking again. K. was detained by the Americans, then transferred to the Shia forces - in both instances he was badly tortured, but when I met him last time, after his first release, he told me that the Shia forces were worse than the Americans. He was electrocuted in his private parts and his wrist went paralyzed from hanging from a hook. He's over 65 years old.

When he was released the first time, after much bribes and extortion money, he kept sleeping in different locations so that his Mukhber - the spy who receives a commission from the government - does not arrest him again.

Two months ago, K.was arrested again, and we did not know his whereabouts...finally we received news via a janitor. He's been tortured again, electrocuted again in his private parts and again they are demanding extortion money to release him - 50'000 dollars.

Again there are no charges against him - his only crime - he's a Sunni Arab.

That means that Sunni Arabs will always be preys for this sectarian Shia government. No matter how much money we're willing to secure for his release, they will always find another excuse to arrest, and torture one of us.

Their message is clear - they want us all out of the country...they are telling us you don't belong here..they are telling us -- we will keep on making your life hell...

K's family refuses to leave. They say -- this is our country. K. will probably not survive this second round of torture/punishment for being a Sunni Arab. Still, the family is obstinate.

They said to me - We are here to stay.

Like open chapters in secret dungeons...


Further reading to confirm the above -- since most of you are lazy ignorant cynics who can't be bothered to read and are gullible enough to only believe your own press - so read that : Iraqi's Sunnis view Justice system as cudgel.

November 26, 2010

Iraq : An American-Iranian Ecological Disaster.

I wanted to go for a long walk, and breath some fresh air, but I changed my mind. I have stored yesterday's information in my mind and scribbled a few facts on a piece of paper and I do not wish to lose any of the data. This is urgent. Dead urgent, like everything else in Iraq.

I have written before maybe not a great length, about the ecological disaster that has befallen Iraq following the American occupation in 2003. A multifaceted environmental crisis which has already produced some bitter fruits.

There is of course the million of years life span contamination of Iraqi soil and water with Depleted Uranium, and I suppose by now, the reader is familiar with the effects of D.U on Iraqi people and their health system, with the soaring birth defects, and cancer rates among children not sparing women, men nor the elderly. A quick search on Falluja and Basra will be a good reminder.

Besides D.U there is also the destruction of arable land. The Americans proceeded to burn entire agricultural fields, orchards and palm trees. By way of example, in the past Iraq had 350 different kinds of dates and used to export dates to the whole world, today it imports dates.

The destruction of arable land was also exacerbated with the drought situation in Iraq. The diminishing levels of water from the two major rivers due to Iran, Syria and Turkey basically diverting the water flow to their countries, through the construction of illegal dams -- despite signed protocols and agreements between Iraq and these countries. The drought had become so severe that Iraq had to beg Turkey for some water last year. Iran on the other hand has been let off the hook for obvious reasons - it has a government in Baghdad.

But there are more aspects to the nefarious Iranian role in Iraq besides having a government in central Baghdad and stealing water...Iran dumps its radioactive nuclear waste in the Anbar province and of course no one talks about the cancer rates in the Anbar, and it also dumps daily an efflux in cubic meters of polluted industrial sewage water through three huge pipes from the Khuzestan province into Shatt Al-Arab in Basra.

Shat Al-Arab is the main source of water for the whole southern area of Iraq. The dumping of industrial toxic waste and sewage into that strait meant a higher salinity of the waters and in the space of a few weeks due to the contamination and salinity of the water 17km of Basra's agricultural lands are no longer of use. They basically dried up with the industrial toxic salts. If this trends continue, all of Basra's arable land will die. The ratio is roughly 40 cubic meters of dumped industrial poison a day causes 3km of arable (Arab) land to vanish. So far Iran has dumped between 40'000 to 65'000 TDS (total dissolved solids) of toxic waste.

Independent Iraqi environmental experts are already talking of an another ecological disaster in the South, the extinction of flora and fauna, the end of biodiversity in that area, and most important the irremediable contamination of water that is used for drinking and agriculture.

Despite the fact that both Iran and Iraq are signatories to various Environmental agreements including the RAMSAR agreement of 1971 and the Rio agreement of 1992 plus other bilateral protocols (that includes Syria and Turkey by the way), it seems that none of these agreements have been respected. Iraqi environmentalist are urging to take Iran to the international court of Justice to stop this disaster from engulfing the whole Iraqi provinces.

Iran of course could process its industrial waste in a different manner instead of dumping it into Shatt Al-Arab, polluting, contaminating and contributing to the death of the Iraqi south, but Iran considers Iraq its garbage dump. The sectarian Shia government in Baghdad ensures it does.

And there is much more to the Iraqi ecological disaster...but I will content myself with the above for today.

November 24, 2010

Discourses in the Aftermath...

Someone remarked the other day - "Tweeting/reading/blogging about Iraq is simply super depressing. And am just an outside observer! "

Yes so true. It is super depressing.

Going daily through material related to post liberated Iraq leaves me hopeless, enraged, traumatized, gasping in horror at the extent of the hideous, heinous, grotesque acts that have been committed and are still committed in the name of Freedom.

Daily I go through not less than 50 articles, in Arabic and in English...I watch out for a sentence, a line, a word that will reveal the bigger picture...hidden underneath layers of politically correct garbage reporting and journalism.

I am still to finish my reflections on the Wikileaks war logs - and am exhausted, am mentally exhausted of being one of the few that sees the whole bloody picture staring me, glaring me in the eye, in my waking days and in my sleep, while others are still trying to sweep it under the thick carpet of silence, breaking the already shattered Truth into tinier shards of piercing glass, tucking it in between the lines of discourses, twisting the spiked broken glass, and sticking it somewhere in a text, in an article, in an interview with the dexterity of a devilish magician.

I watch out for words, syntax construction, omissions...and through these I see in no time where the author is coming from and what his/her political agenda is.

This is how discourses are constructed and maintained through their subliminal messages and omissions.

Some are quite sophisticated, others less so, but once you get the knack of it, it is so easy to spot them, read between the lines and figure out the manipulations, the deliberate use and twisting of words with the aim of burying the Truth even further.

The task of reconstructing that Truth is monumental because insofar as Iraq is concerned, there has not been at any time in History, such a cover up.

The reader needs to understand that this occultation of the Truth is done on many levels.
From the camouflage of real data - figures, to the concealment of gross human rights violations - arbitrary executions and the most sadistic forms of torture and rape, to the secrecy of daily killings that go unreported. And it does not stop there.

It does not step there because you also have the "aftermath of the Liberation". The thousands untold stories of the after effect of Liberation : stories of ethnic cleansing, stories of cultural cleansing, stories of rape, stories of post torture trauma and lives that will never become whole again, stories of disease from toxic contamination, stories of sex trade and trafficking, stories of lost lives in exile, stories of daily violence and disappearance, stories of loss of references and anchors, stories of displacement, stories of destitution and poverty, stories of usurpation, profiteering, exploitation, extortion embezzlement, corruption, theft...and it does not stop here either...

So daily, I try to retrace that Truth, through the hundreds of untold stories...because that picture must remain whole in my mind. And am vigilant, very vigilant...on my guards, on the look out for that word, that sentence, that discourse that tries to obliterate that Truth.

I will use two cases here to illustrate my point, by way of example. By no means exhaustive examples...just a sample of the kind of discourses that are maintained from both political poles - Right and Left. And hopefully their mendacity will be revealed.

Let me start with an article by Christopher Hitchens. I can't go through all of it, I suggest you read it. In that article  C.Hitchens is hoping that Tariq Aziz's death penalty be lifted. What a noble thing to do! And in that same article Hitchens goes on to praise the humanism of Jalal Talabani (noting that his party is a member of the Socialist International), he mentions en passant the "extermination of the Kurds", and in the same vein gives an overview of the "terrifying regime" of Saddam Hussein, the beastly declarations of Tariq Aziz on Iran and his atrocious crimes against Shias, links Baathism to Terrorism only to conclude that Jalal Talabani - the social democratic humane and brave puppet of the American occupation must be given the full sympathy he merits by the West.

What has started as an appeal to lift the death sentence against a Tariq Aziz, an ailing sick man imprisoned by the American occupation ends as a bolstering of that same occupation and a praise for its puppets.

Not one word is mentioned about the daily executions and bestial torture that goes on in Iraq's dungeons by Americans, Iranians and their Shia and Kurdish supporters in the "Democratic Humane" Iraq.

The above example is rather blatant, well to me it is. Let me give you a more difficult one to decrypt and decode.

The other day I was zapping and landed on CNN, a TV station I never watch as a rule of thumb. But this time around I did. I saw Nir Rosen being interviewed about his latest book on Iraq. I had in the past read Nir Rosen's articles and they left me unimpressed. Nir Rosen is supposedly an anti war writer. If one can qualify him that way that is. He visited Iraq a couple of times, pretending to be an Iraqi, he looks kind of Arab (his Iranian and Israeli origins did help) and was even a short guest of Muqtada Al-Sadr boys, under their protection so to speak.

So in that interview he was being asked questions about Iraq and how he saw the Future of this bleeding country - in the Aftermath...

On the surface, his replies to the CNN questions sounded good. He mentioned ethnic cleansing, he said that there is no democracy, he mentioned torture...but then he said a few other things that gave him away. He said that the structure of a "representative government" in Iraq has been established, and that it will take time for this government to conduct Iraqi affairs according to the laid structure. Then when talking about ethnic cleansing and current Shia sectarianism - he said en passant, now that the Sunnis have been defeated...

I was watching this with my mom. We both grabbed our slippers ready to shoot them at the TV screen. The only thing that prevented us is that we can't afford a new TV. Even my mom who never heard of Nir Rosen, never read his articles, does not know where he's from, is unaware of his "leftist anti war" stands, saw the twisting and the plot of the discourse.

So what Nir Rosen is basically telling the world is the following : The American occupation of Iraq did lay the foundation for a representative government. OK, there's ethnic cleansing of Arab Sunnis, but they were defeated. Re-read these sentences, they are textual.

A more representative government in Iraq implies that the previous one was not. It implies that Shias and Kurds were disfranchised in their political representation. Exactly what the neocons and the theorists for the Occupation of Iraq have been harping on for the past 20 years.

Now the second sentence - yes there was ethnic cleansing but the Arab Sunnis were defeated. That means that the Sunnis engaged in a war with the Shias and were defeated. They're out of the equation. So again Nir Rosen is reiterating what has been shoved down our throats for the past 7 years, namely that Saddam Hussein and his government was an Arab Sunni government, but that in the aftermath of the invasion (because Nir Rosen there is no Aftermath of the Occupation - we are still occupied - unless you consider Iraq to be sovereign now) the Sunnis engaged in a war against the Shias hence were defeated through ethnic cleansing.

Is this not the same discourse we've been hearing all those years ?! Namely Iraqis killing each other in a civil war, because the Sunni insurgents bombed the Samarra shrine, and that Shias and Kurds have been so oppressed and now finally the Arab Sunnis who are really insurgents read terrorists, are finally defeated. And after all, yes there's no true democracy in Iraq, but there are the structures for a representative government in occupied Baghdad.

I called on Nir Rosen with the crafty crap he spewed on CNN - he said that I confused explanations, descriptions and justifications. Basically he was telling me I understand nothing about my own country and what happened to it -- because only the likes of Nir Rosen (travelling incognito to Baghdad a couple of times under the protection of the Mahdi Army) and the likes of C.Hitchens understand really what is taking place in Iraq.

And before I wrap up - Did you notice the most obvious ? Not yet ? Well please do next time you read anything on current Iraq - notably : despite the fact that article after article mentions the extensive torture, executions, and killings in Iraq's prisons, be it in the North, South or central Baghdad, (UNHCR figures: 1 in 5 Iraqis have been tortured since 2003) not once did I read from the Right or the Left that Iraq today is a terrifying oppressive Dictatorship and that Maliki is a brutal Tyrant.

Ladies and Gents, the occultation of the Truth through such discourses is the occultation of Iraq and her people.

And this was EXACTLY the American Iranian and Israeli goal.

November 17, 2010

Iraqi Christians - Who is behind their Massacre & Exodus ?

I said it on Twitter and will repeat it again here - You can't divorce the death sentence issued against Tariq Aziz - an Iraqi Christian and FM under Saddam Hussein and the latest spate of violence and murder committed against Iraqi Christians.

In Baghdad - the blame is laid on Al-Qaeda. In the following article, you will see for yourselves who Al-Qaeda Iraq is. Iraqi Christians in Baghdad also point the finger to Jaysh Al-Mahdi of Muqtada Al-Sadr. (article here)

In the North, in Mosul in particular there's a massive exodus of Iraqi Christians, either outside the country or to the outskirts of the Nineveh province. Hundreds of Iraqi Christians have closed down their businesses and are living in rented Churches, in dire conditions.

Information that I've been receiving lay the blame on the Iraqi forces (loyal to Maliki and the Shiite parties) and the Kurdish militia called the Peshmergas.

Below is an email I just received regarding the massacre of Iraqi Christians in Baghdad. Read it till the end.


AL-MALIKI AND IRAN WERE BEHIND IT

Ibrahim Ebeid , Iraq Palestine Committee

November 14, 2010

Iraq, known in history as the Cradle of Civilization, never knew terrorism. Security, progress and pursuit of happiness were enjoyed by all its citizens and residents until the Cradle of Civilization was invaded and occupied by the dual occupiers of the odd couple, the United States and Iran. Their intent was to weaken Iraq, rip it apart, and to destroy it. They would not be content until they eradicated Iraq’s Arab identity and stole its wealth as spoils of war.

The chief terrorists, Maliki, his Dawa Party, the Badr Brigades, the Supreme Islamic Council of Hakim and others were trained and financed by Iran and installed as “rulers in the “Green Zone” by the United States. They and their sectarian militias are behind the mass murder that is occurring in Iraq on a daily basis.

The attack on the Lady of Salvation Church was designed and executed by Maliki and Iran. A reputable source, Munathamat Al-Rasd wal Maloomat Al-Wataniah, an Iraqi monitoring intelligence organization, informed The Iraq Palestine Committee with the following information:

Murtaza Kashmiri , a high ranking commander in the Iranian Itlaat planned and supervised the criminal attack on the church in Baghdad with the approval and blessing of Maliki’s office headed by Sadeq Al-Rikabi a close confidant of Maliki.

Al-Rikabi is a long time Itlaat agent who was recruited in 1986, his code name Abou Jaafar al Iraqi. He took part with Dawa Party in bombing and blowing up the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut on December 15, 1981.

Seven people were recruited to commit the crime; two of them knew about the plot between Itlaat and Maliki, while the others only knew that they were going to participate in a “jihadi” mission. All of them were salafis, fundamentalists, close to al Qaeda operating in Chechnya. Only the leaders of the group, Ahmed al-Shishani and Sibghatullah, fought in Afghanistan and Iraq with al Qaeda, which is financed by Iran.

The terrorists were instructed to attack a church. They were given a cell phone number to contact, supposedly belongs to the Ministry of the Interior and were told to speak classical Arabic demanding the release of prisoners in Egypt. The phone number was that of Baghdadia Television, belonging to Awn al-Khoshlook. For this agreement, al-Baghdadia was paid $150,000. The coordinator was Abdul Hameed al-Saleh who received $30,000 sent to his account in Damascus where he lives with his cousins.

One of the terrorist was instructed to blow himself up to make the operation a genuine terrorist act .The rest of the terrorists would have stayed three days in the church to conduct negotiations. But the order from Itlaat to al-Maliki was to eliminate all the terrorists immediately so none of the terrorists was allowed to exit alive.

I, Ibrahim Ebeid, a Christian Arab, lived and worked in Baghdad for a few years in the 1970s and visited Iraq before and after. I never witnessed or experienced any discrimination of any kind or heard of any indiscriminate killing under the Ba’ath. All religions were treated equally. Saddam Hussein helped finance the building of churches, as well as maintaining and renovating them. Christians were part of the fabric of Iraq, They held high jobs; they served in the Armed forces; they were pilots, engineers, doctors, and educators, who participated in building Iraq until the Americans and the Persians invaded the nation. They spread terrorism and destruction. Not only Christians are under attack, all Iraqis are. Bombs fall on civilians while mosques and other places of worship are being blown up. Terror is all over, conducted by the militias and gangs of the sectarian government and parties that the US and Iran support.

Mr. Obama is not serious about ending the war in Iraq. He continues to support the sectarian terrorist regime of Maliki and others who were created by Iran. More than 50,000 US troops and 100,000 mercenaries are still terrorizing the people of Iraq. The war has not ended.

If Mr. Obama is concerned about the state of Iraq and wants the Iraqi people to enjoy democracy, security and prosperity, he should recognize that the Iraqi National Resistance is the one entity that is capable of achieving these goals, not the agents in the Green Zone.



Further Reading :

Ethnic Cleansing Driving Christians out of Iraq

Video Iraqi Christian Refugees continue to arrive in Turkey

4 Christians killed in Mosul as Exodus continues

Iraq - War Logs Reflections.3

I have finally managed to write my third in the series. This one is not directly related to the Wikileaks revelations but rather will provide the reader with the background framework without which the Wikileaks documents do not make any sense.

In my two other posts I used metaphors to illustrate certain points, and I mentioned that at times the use of the logical rational mind is also needed to complete a picture and make sense of it.

This post will rely solely, most likely on the use of the rational mind and the logic of deductive thinking.

Remember what I said about Oral History and its transmission ? That too relied on deductive thinking on the part of the receiver - and I hope you shall use yours.

Iraq - a hard nut to crack.

Iraq was a hard nut to crack - granted. Saddam Hussein and his regime held onto it tighthly and at times with an iron fist.  In retrospect that proved not such a bad thing after all. As the Koran says - it may be that you detest something but it holds goodness for you.

Much had to be manoeuvered to have that "nut" finally crack open. Imagine a fortress, one cannnot subdue a fortress overnight, it requires long  preparations. And a long preparation did take place.

The sanction years were a preparation for 2003, the year of invasion and occupation of Iraq. This is most important to keep in mind as some see the sanction years totally separated from what befell us later. Not so.

The Embargo was an essential instrument for the subsequent invasion and occupation of Iraq. Not only did the sanctions fragilize an already vulnerable society that had just come out of a 8 years long war with a fanatic entity called Iran, but those sanctions years also helped plant the seeds of divide and rule, the seeds of sectarianism in which Iran played a major leading role.

In the aftermath of Gulf War I - Desert Storm, both Iran and Israel capitalized on the fragility of the Iraqi apparatus and started their ground work of Ethno-Sectarian divide that was to be finally completed by the US invasion.

It is fair to say that without Iran's predominant role, the invasion and occupation of Iraq would have not been able to last that long for we are a tenuous resilient people, I know it to be so. Iran with its militias and parties played an incremental role in not only maintaining the US occupation of Iraq but also in furthering the destruction and the tearing apart of the Iraqi societal fabric.

Many Iraqis I know, are still bewildered by the fact that the Outside world, all of it, still does not believe them when they tell people that these sectarian ethnic divides were foreign to us before 2003. I still don't understand why the outside world refuses to believe that fact. We can't all be lying about our own country.

Of course there were two categories of people who for the most part lived either in the West or in Iran mainly the Kurds and the Iraqi Shias bred by Iran's Khomeini's revolution who in cohort with Western and Israeli intelligence worked very hard to prepare the ideological framework for the partition of Iraq along ethnic and sectarian lines. The Left, in general, (and that includes the antiwar movement) both Western and Arab also played an important role in backing the Zionist US agenda for Iraq by parroting the same discourse. This discourse has not died yet and is still used to maintain and perpetuate both the American and Iranian presence in Central and Southern Iraq and the Israeli presence in its North (via the Kurds).

The American plan for Iraq could not have been executed without the ideological and logistic help of the above groups.

And as in any plan, there must be victims. The firs victim of this genocide is of course the Iraqi people, the second victim within that grander genocide are the Arab Sunnis and other minority groups in Iraq like the Christians, the Sabaeans, the Yezidis, the Armenians, etc...

It was impossible for the US plan to take hold in Iraq without the destruction of the Iraqi Mosaic, a multi religious, ethnic mosaic. Hence the ideological splitting of Iraq into three distinct categories Shias, Sunnis and Kurds (who are majority Sunnis) was an absolute must.

The "brains" behind this ethnic sectarian plan of confessional, communal divide were non others than the Zionists who rule the White House during, before and after Bush's reign. Their names have been repeated often and I shall repeat them again tonight. Wolfowitz, Perle (ex adviser for Netanyahu) Feith and the rest...

R.Perle in an interview on al Jazeera English on Riz Khan's program was one of the first advocates for Kurdish and Shia rights in Iraq as separate entities from the rest of Iraqi society. This interview is still available online, google it. This idea was later on advocated by J.Biden current VP for Obama.

Oddly enough or maybe not so odd, Chomsky, the Left Guru was another advocate of the same. Hence one can understand the abysmal stand of the Left on the war on Iraq and its ideological contribution to the American agenda.

Again in the aftermath of Gulf War 1, A.Sharon (who am told has risen from the grave) was hell bent on regime change in Iraq over and above the fact that Israel (and Iran) have been supplying Iraqi Kurds with training and arms and that since the 70's. Israel did attempt to negotiate with Iraq via third parties a Peace deal in the late 80's which Iraq flatly turned down (unlike Syria). The Israelis understood that Iraq and its regime led by Saddam Hussein was not going to give in like Egypt and Jordan did. Iraq had to go.

For it's part Khomeinist Iran, despite a peace truce never ceased its old ambitions to conquer Iraq - an ambition stemming more from a populist ideology made of a mish mash of Persian empire national aspirations and political Shia Revivalism that fitted beautifully well in the American plan for the invasion and partition of Iraq. It is no coincidence that the Iraqi National Opposition in the 90's led by Ahmad Chalabi to the White House (under Clinton) was mainly constituted of "Iraqis" exiled in Iran. And it is most disconcerting that the great majority of people totally fail to understand the crux of this Persian ideology, for it has cost us our lives.

In the above paragraphs I gave you a brief background layout against which the American invasion and occupation took place.

One can see clearly that Iran's and Israel's regional interests found their window of opportunity in the American invasion of Iraq. Israel had already planted its Zionist seeds in so-called Kurdistan and Iran in the South and in the Holy Shiite centers of Iraq. It was a matter of time before they could make their full move and each grab a share of the ancient coveted pie - Iraq.

Historically it made sense for both Israel and Iran, who saw Iraq - Mesopotamia as some mythical center to which they lay claims. Ideologically, it was also imperative for both to destroy the last bastion of Arabism. Israel used the Kurds and enhanced their so called hatred of Arabs in the form of Kurdish chauvinistic nationalism and Iran used Shii'sm and portrayed it as some Persian made cult that is devoid of Arabs and cloaked it in Islamic garb. (note: Persia only became Shiite in the 15th century).

to be continued...

November 10, 2010

Short of Words...(for now)

It feels as if I have not posted in ages...

Am too taken by some sectarian Shia shit who's harassing me - deliberate evil on his part for no reason...for no objective reason except, maybe because I am a non Shiite Iraqi. Well yeah I don't like shit nor the smell of it...that's a good enough reason I suppose.

Anyways...seen too much so far. Fucking Mercy where are you ?

Guess I've got to go through another episode of the Sunni Witch Hunt...keep the motions going until the awaited Mahdi lands...somewhere in Mesopotamia.

Do nudge me when he does...got a chalice filled with fresh blood to offer him.


In the meantime...until...I am going to listen to songs.

I like this one, understand nothing of the words...but no matter. I understand it all.


October 30, 2010

Nasrallah, Tariq Aziz - What's the Link ?

This is a rushed post, I need to jot down my thoughts before they rush out...

Nasrallah - he's no Sayyed for me, threatens grave and dire consequences if there's a follow through in the Hariri Tribunal - meaning he's threatening a civil war in Lebanon based on sect.
That was foreseen when the Hezb of the Charlatans kept all the characteristics of an armed militia, and joined the Lebanese political process. Does that remind you of anyone else ?

Yep it sure does - it reminds me of the Iran backed, funded, trained militias and death squads who murdered Iraqis with impunity and joined the Iraqi political process as Shiite parties.

Why Nasrallah's threats - typical of a neighborhood's thug. And why now ? Did the latest Wikileaks revelations show anything that bothers Iran by any chance ?

And in the same vein, why the latest announcement for the lynching of Tariq Aziz, charged with "deliberate crimes and murder against humanity" - murder against whom exactly ? Against those same parties and their militias today ruling Iraq in the name of a US democracy.

If someone kills a member of my family- I would DEMAND to know the identity of the murderer. Hassan Nasrallah the Charlatan and his thugs of the Hezb of charlatans are petrified.

I say go ahead with the tribunal, turn it into a mini Wikileaks and expose the culprits.

As for Tariq Aziz, I will not plead in the name of Humanity, because I know there's no Humanity left - I've been a witness to the lack of humanity for many decades now.

But I will demand and PRESS strongly for his release in the name of Justice, a stringent, strict, true Justice.

October 27, 2010

Iraq - War Logs Reflections.2

It is important that I continue with my thoughts, I do not wish to lose any of the insights am getting, the many levels of Truth I am grasping...I am hungry but food can wait, I am sleepy but sleep can wait, I need fresh air but breathing can wait...I am not just doing this for the reader, I am also doing it for me. An ex boyfriend once told me I should have become a detective - he said sniffing the Truth is in your blood. I think he's right.

I love story telling and the use of metaphors, symbols and allegories in the narrative, because through these, the Essence of things is revealed. Rational analysis is important too, but in dire circumstances when the unthinkable is experienced, analysis means paralysis - you go round and round in circles, because what's lying in your guts, beneath the logical rational mind is not being addressed...so how can I possibly waste a moment like this one ?

And what prompts me so, except Love ? It's really very simple isn't it ?

For me the release from Wikileaks is like tearing a few pages from the secret diary of a mean, nasty, brutal, serial killer...stealing those pages and publishing them. If you like metaphors Wikileaks can be considered as the rebellious teenager who finally nails his brutal father (or mother) and exposes him for what he truly is.

The father figure in question, the "founding father" of brutality, carnage, mayhem and endless suffering is none but America. This particular daddy fed you illusions during all your growing up years - he made you believe in Ideals that he constantly fell short of. Basically this Daddy lied to you. In his spare time, while you were sleeping, he did nasty things - he raped, tortured and killed people in the dark. Of course, like any addicted criminal he denied it. But also during those periods when you were/are asleep, he noted down furtively what he did. He had to keep a record, because Daddy is after all an authority and he's well organized and meticulous about keeping his records up to date.

And here comes Wiki, the cadet of the family (and a few of his sibliings), the forgotten boy, mischievous, bored with this hypocritical authority, out of place in this great family, maybe received a few thrashings himself...his rebelliousness takes a different form as he grows up...he realizes what has been irking him all along -- the injustice of it all. So he decided in his own mischievous way to do something about it - Shake the stifling order of things, the stifling lie that kills.

In my previous post, I said I will deal with some of the material leaked regarding Ethnic cleansing, the mini wars that went on underneath the greater War, - the U.S Occupation of Iraq, and the role of Iran in all of this.

Again using metaphor, Iran is Daddy's secret mistress. They fight sometimes, but when necessary they kiss and make up. This mistress is ambitious, she has big plans, because she believes in something very big. So she plays along sometimes with the other concubines of the American harem, and sometimes she wrecks havoc when she feels things are not going her way. She is no poor, dependent muta'a concubine, she has resources, she has some power and she has many clients and personal body guards who are willing to stick their necks out for her.

The above would have been a fine thing if she played that in her own quarters, or in Daddy's quarters, while you were sleeping, but she didn't. She played cat and mouse in my own home - in Iraq.

You see I heard them fornicating in the stillness of the night. He groaned and she was exalted with cries...drowning all the other noise coming from other secret places, from other chambers, from dungeons hidden way beneath the surface, I heard her and heard him, saw them together and I also heard the suffocated strangulated voices in the obscurity.

to be continued...

October 23, 2010

Iraq - War Logs Reflections.1

This may be one post or a series of posts - I don't know yet. I shall leak my own thoughts as I see fit...

Yesterday's Wikileaks release of classified US Army documents were an important turning point for me personally and for me as an Iraqi. But not only for me, I know of other Iraqis who sighed with a little, a LITTLE relief.

I caught one on Twitter who wrote - I love you Wikileak, maybe now I can sleep with a little peace.

I uttered out of the blue - in some sort of automatic writing - We demand to know from America and Iran why you killed, tortured, raped and exiled us.

As an Iraqi, I felt that I was slowly waking up from a long nightmare. I held on to that feeling and I hardly slept at all ...something was churning inside of me. I needed to get to the bottom of it.

It was not the familiar rage, nor the all too familiar sadness, there was something more...hence this post.

I spent many hours reading the actual War Logs on Wikileaks Website. Names have been erased, but I read through nonetheless...knowing fully that this leak is only one infinite small part of what actually happened and is happening...

But I went through them nonetheless, not all of them, but picked and chose haphazardly...

In the old days, when writing was not made available to people, History wrote itself orally...by transmission - they called it Oral Historiography. The War logs are if you like a sort of Oral transmission of events as they took place...

And in the old days, from this Oral transmission of Historical events, people could draw a picture of what happened. Same for the War logs. Even though names were erased but there are indicators of locations, timings, places and from them one can draw a picture, a fuller picture...

But why did I need to do all of that ? After all the leaks just CONFIRMED what I've been writing on this blog for years. Why did I need this public confirmation from a higher authority after 7 years of carnage, of torture, of rapes, of exile ?

Why did this other Iraqi fellow say - now I can sleep with a little more peace ? Surely the classified documents did not reveal more than what he/she already knew.

I "slept" over these questions - and then I understood...

Do you remember at any time of your life when you were a witness to something horrendous, and when you reported it, no one believed you. Even those closest to you, or whom you thought were closest to you, did not believe you. You kept repeating what you saw, and no one believed you.
Yet you still held on to that truth you witnessed. Others ridiculed you, called you names, silenced you, threatened to kill you, called you a liar, accused you of imagining things, accused you of having your own agenda...and with the ridicule, came the minimization, the twisting, the guilt provoking like in - come on it was not that bad or it was not like that, you are nothing but a little hateful liar making trouble...and sometimes the pressure would be so great, you'd start wondering that maybe after all you did conjure up things...that maybe you did not see right, that maybe it was an illusion of your mind...in short --when you came with the truth, they did everything to make you doubt yourself and doubt the truth. Sometimes you'd fall into some autistic silence and sometimes you'd overcompensate with more defiance...but still you felt terribly all alone.

But you held on...you gripped to that thing....and still terribly alone, you realized in that process, in that process of being stubborn and obstinate in not letting go, in holding on - the extent of the cover up. The COVER-UP.

And through digging through the cover-up, you realize something even more important; the networks, the alliances, the other wars that are going on underneath this cover up. Then you understand - the thicker the cover up, the thicker the lie, the thicker the minimization, the thicker the omissions, the more grave and dangerous the Truth is. The Truth of what happened and... is happening.

And at some point comes a "parental" figure, an authority, a benevolent one, a big brother and says - I got some story to tell - and then in some cryptic form, repeats your truth, reveals it... You still have to read between the lines, but you say to yourself -- finally am not alone anymore. Finally, what I saw was not my imagination, it was/is the Truth.

So you breath a little relief and feel that maybe your nightmare is about to end and that you could sleep with a little Peace.

This is what happened yesterday to Iraqis who felt so alone with their Truth - they sighed a little relief and hoped to sleep with a little peace, hoping like I did, that maybe, just maybe they will be woken up from their solitary nightmare...

In the next post I will deal with the actual war logs, and some important information regarding ethnic cleansing, and Iran's role and other mini wars going on inside the bigger War - the Occupation and Destruction of Iraq. Insha'Allah.

October 18, 2010

The End of History.

The Universe, the Cosmos, Awareness, Consciousness, Love, Hate, Friendship, Life...the triumph of Love over Death....All is made of many levels...so is History.

There is the Beginning and there is the End. There is the beginning of Civilization and there is the end of Civilization...and there are the gray areas in between, the pangs of Death and Rebirth.

History's many levels are made of beginnings and ends...and those gray areas.
Some beginnings illuminate the world and some of its endings darken it into total Obscurity.

So how do we define History ? Most probably by its contribution to Civilization - by its insertion in the Civilization process...

Civil-ization process.

Civil, civic, civility, civilization....

If I take the above as some preliminary definition of what History is, then Fukuyama is correct. This is the end of History - but not for the same reasons.

I don't know about you, but for me, History resides in tangibles...eternal tangibles, that withstand time, time and its erosion...maybe History resides in Archeology.

I never really liked that word - Archeology, because it implies something archaic, something past, gone...yet so present, so vibrant, so alive, so here...

In that sense, archeology defies or tries to defy Time and its passage...by carrying a stamp --called "eternal".

In this context, this is how I define History -- something that remains despite the passage of Time - something that aspires to Eternity...

Of course, there is also the other level -- who did what, where, and when. Yet, still, the stones speak for themselves...the pillars echo the story without the need for a touristic guide.

There is always something majestic about "ancient" sites - they call them in French "la magie des lieux" - the magic of places.

Ask anyone about the magic of places and you can be sure they will point to something ancient...Pompeii, Acropolis, Pyramids, etc...

Maybe the end of History is the end of Magic...in a world too sure of itself...yet too anxious about its own survival to bother discovering the magic...a new world too engrossed in itself...yet so petrified.

Yet, you will see thousands flock to the magic of these sites...they will cross oceans to witness the past...and derive a sense of continuity...

You see, we all need roots...despite all this homogeneity imposed upon us, the homogeneity of the New World Order, of the end of History.

You see, we all need to belong to something, someone, some place...however universal we may profess ourselves to be...

So what happens when a somebody has no roots ? What happens when a somebody is cut off from History - like a sail boat with no anchor ?

Two options present themselves here: either this person tries to connect through knowledge, learning or the flip side - destroys, making sure he annihilates what he believes he can never have, can never possess.

Such is the history of America.

Let me ask you something -- for History's sake. What has America and its Americans contributed to History and its civilization process ?

I do not consider skyscrapers, hamburgers and mass graves of Natives to be a contribution to Civilization. Nor do I consider highways, Coca Cola, and Mickey Mouse as eternal symbols of a quest for magic...

So what have these rectums of History produced ? What have they positively contributed to the movement of History - apart from its end ? Yalla, give it to me. Give me one thing that I can insert in those annals, one thing I can record....one thing I can note .... the record of some criminal who is beyond hope,  a recidiviste - i.e someone who does it again and again...

I believe in cycles...and History is part of that cycle. Simply put -- what goes up goes down...

I really don't know why this is so...but it is so, inevitably so.

So what will Americans leave behind once their Empire crumbles? Because crumble it will...it will...no one, absolutely no one can resist the Movement...

What will they leave behind ?

Nature's site belong to God, to Allah...these don't count as contributions. These did not involve human sweat and pain...they did not involve contemplation, art, architecture, theorizing space, myth, legends, epics and poetry...

So what did the Americans leave behind ? I said -- what did they leave behind  -- notice, I did not say what will they leave behind. For I consider the matter closed, ended.

What ? A Madame Tussauds look alike - a wax museum...of the greatest nation on earth - an Orlando or a Guantanamo ? Or maybe an Abu Ghraib or a Baghram ?

I chuckle...I chuckle as I see the hee haa, hillbilly, Rodeo, Buffalo Kid, Malboro Man, Lonesome Cowboy riding into the Sunset...towards his finality, towards his End...It's inevitable...inevitable.

Did you ever watch Americans flocking to the Magic, like moths to a burning lamp ? It's a comic tragic sight in itself. History chokes every time they sightsee her. Poor thing is propelled into violent coughs...she feels strangulated by the destroyers of History...they leave her gasping for air...

Here she is, choking, a rope around her neck...every time this gum chewing, hamburger and freedom fries farting, this nasally obstructed lot, cattle visits her...

She wants to chew them in turn and spit them out...like a fire dragon. But she patiently waits to see them swallowed in her belly like a Jonas in the belly of a whale who never makes it out...never makes it out to any shore...

History is patient, she sits and waits...because she knows, she possesses the wisdom...the wisdom of the cycle of Life..She knows this Jonas's end is inscribed.  End of Story. End of His Story.

Let's  leave aside for a while, the barbarians with no history and no roots...let's leave aside this gum chewing ruminating regurgitating wild cows, for a while...

Imagine a Pompeii, a Pisa Tower, an Acropolis, a Delphi (that's Italy and Greece, just so you don't need to rush to your maps to figure it out) imagine for one minute only...

An American military base right there, air jets shaking and cracking the grounds, some asshole writing some graffiti like "Bob fucked Lucy Ann" (please change your names, they're so fucking corny) or "Joe Blow did it here"...Imagine for a single moment, close your eyes and see it...
A Pompeii, a Pisa, an Acropolis, a Delphi...riddled with mortars, with tanks...Imagine for a moment someone climbing the pillars of the temple of  Zeus and etching his Yankee name...imagine just that, nothing else....

I am not asking you to imagine the rest...am not asking to imagine the burning of Churches, the destruction of homes, the exile, the rape and torture, the massacre of young and old...no.

I am just asking you to imagine that little corner...

What do you think will happen ?

I tell you what will happen. Every Italian, every Greek will come out, armed with anything...
an ax, a hammer, a log, a rod, a knife, a gun...anything...absolutely anything...to stop the termination of History...of his/her history, story.

Can you imagine that for one minute ? Just an archeological site where History has presumably died...

So what about Iraq's history ?

Hatra, Ur, Sumer, Babel, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon....

Hanging...

Hanging, dangling...lynched

At the Gates of Ishtar,

Gilgamesh silenced,

Enheduanna's head rolling on a red carpet

of Blood...

The Myth exposed, the Legend died, the Epic ended,

so has History.




Video : Khaled Kaki - Iraqi Composer, musician, artist/painter.

October 11, 2010

Secrets...

I carry many secrets inside of me...I am no partisan of letting your hair down in public.

Not that I care so much about reputation, whatever I do or say, I am absolved...yes, you see I take the words of your Lord so literally...I figure I have paid well in advance...so it's not my reputation that is at stake...but I do care for the people I love...I am very protective of them.

I don't want to use their sufferings as feed for a blog post, and am always very cautious to protect their anonymity...not only out of fear, but out of respect...respect for their pain.

Pain too requires respect, just in case you did not know.

So am a bit of a prude, I allude to things, write around a subject...of course inside am dying for the Truth to be grasped, like some spring flower you pluck to smell its full fragrance...

Yet, still, Respect prevents me from divulging too much.

Yet, the secrets I harbor, the intimate details of what happened, leave me so sleeplessly raw.

Maybe this does not make sense to the Oprah generation -- a generation of exhibitionist talk shows and cheap voyeurism....but for me, it's all the essence of Love.

October 8, 2010

The Clash of Ignorance - Islam Hijacked.

There is no clash of civilization or culture ---there is a clash of ignorance. This is the age of Ignorance, this is the Jahiliya.

Many like to believe that the Jahiliya is a period that is bygone. Not so, the Jahiliya is ever present - every where. It is present in the West and it is present in the East. So are the idols that characterize this period.

There is Belief  - you inherit that stuff from your family, environment, school, society and there is Faith.

Faith is not Belief. Faith is something that one works on, cultivates, infused with much Grace. Grace is not tied to any race, sect, culture or civilization...Grace is above and beyond...like Rain, it falls on everyone...

It is with this in mind, that I want to approach the subject of Islam and the Other. And it is with this in mind that I want to tackle the West and Islam.

I am not sure I want to use the current terminology that one often comes across in today's literature on this topic - words like -- tolerance, acceptance have been overused and have lost their meaning...

We are definitely at a crossroad - we Muslims and non Muslims alike. I feel this with urgency. I fear also that this snowball will become an avalanche that no one will be able to stop - an avalanche that will swallow all of us, not just the Muslims. And it is also with this in mind that I am attempting to broach the subject.

What is being sown today shall be reaped tomorrow - this is a universal law,  a law that knows no borders, no passports and no nationalities...of that I am sure. And from what has been taking place in the last decade or so, or let's say the acceleration of an already existing process, in the last 10 years -- I can already tell you that the fruits of this harvest are going to be very bitter. Unless the tide is turned....

There is a war being waged on Islam and Muslims. Whichever way you care to look at it, and by whichever theory you want to causally ascribe to it --it is here and can no longer be ignored.

This in turn feeds on the ghetto spirit that Muslims find themselves in and gives birth to more extremism. It is a vicious circle...a very dangerous one.

This is not about Niqabs, Veils, Burqas, Cartoons, Minarets or Koran burnings  -- this is about directly ATTACKING a Belief system and a Faith -- simply because it looks and feels different, thus enhancing, exacerbating and radicalizing the very elements that the West deems to be not secular enough for its taste.

This is the bind and this is the lethal bind that the West finds itself in.

The Question to ask - is why is this group of people - the Muslims - that have been particularly targeted ? Why not the Jews or Hindus or the Buddhists for example ?

Each one will conveniently point to 9/11 as the starting point of this witch hunt. This is where I disagree.

9/11 whoever the culprits were - was not the starting point. It was yet another peak point, from which after much massacres took place - notably in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan (and it will not stop at these countries.)

The West in fact has never been at ease (short of a better word) with Islam as a concept. This is not something new. However the events of 9/11 gave the perfect alibi  for it to engage in an all out war. I repeat an all out war - meaning a war on many fronts - physical, geographic, political, economic, cultural and ideological...

Some will argue that this is not necessarily true - pointing to the following : The West's support for Bosnia, Kosovo and the Afghans during their fight against the Russians. And there is truth in that. However this is not the full picture. Their support for these Muslims was only done with the aim of enhancing the West's hegemony. Hegemony in the largest sense of the word and not merely reduced to economic interests.

Another factor that cannot be overlooked besides the West being ill at ease with Islam ever since this latter's inception - is the silent war that is taking place between two poles of "Islam" - Saudi Arabia and Iran.

This war is political, geographic but also ideological and precedes both the establishment of Saudi Arabia or Iran as nation states. This "war" started in Iraq many centuries ago. It was a war of Khilafa - i.e of Governance between two clans/sects (political sects) of who will monopolize and rule the Ummah.

This war has not died...it was latent and flared up again in the 20th century with the advent of Khomeinism - the political ideology of Shia revivalism and started in the late 70's. This period also coincided with the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of Salafist/Jihadist ideology. The counterpart if you wish, to Shiite Revivalism.

This is also the period where from a purely sociological observation - I started noticing more and more people "reverting" to a "pure" Islam (whether of Sunni or Shia ) - falling back on a belief system from which people hoped to extract Faith.

In parallel, the Western concept of Globalization which really means political, economic, cultural, ideological Homogeneity (Uniformity of Identity) greatly fed this "reverting" process/attachment and refusal of Muslims to accept this new movement (Globalization) which they perceive to be threatening not only to their belief system but also to their Faith. And with good reason - because Globalization has absolutely nothing sacred or holistic about it.

In other words this impetus towards Globalization accompanied with the historic "discomfort" that the West has nourished vis à vis Islam produced a backlash or as some people would like to call it -Fundamentalism- now called Terrorism. As I read today, someone said - Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims. In other words all fundamentalists are Muslims and are therefore terrorists.

In the "fight" to RETAIN the semblance of a belief system and of a Faith -- dogma was necessary. The Muslim law/jurisprudence was no longer a contextual law i.e a law issued in a specific historical context but became a dogma - taking on all the allures of a unequivocal Truth over which both the State and the Clergy have absolute authority. This in itself is very contradictory to the Spirit and even Law of Islam since in Islam no one, absolutely no one holds absolute power over the Truth. This is the essence of Shirk - ie of associating someone/something to the Divine. Futhermore, in Islam there is NO Clergy, except maybe in Shi'ism. Traditionally the Ulemas or the men of Learning are not considered a Clergy as such (as in the Christian sense) and therefore their powers (derived of learning Fiqh -religious studies) was always limited and Ulemas were easily replaced should they issue a Fatwa that was not too pleasing to the ruler...and by the same token some Ulemas worked for the Ruler and issued Fatwas that ensured his rule. Which is to say that even the Muslim religious body historically speaking had nothing of permanence to it - neither the Koranic interpretations. Since the Ulemas could be removed so did their particular interpretation of the Text.

This is very important to note because it means that the Text can be/ is open to be  interpreted differently...depending on context - context being historical, political, economic, ideological, cultural...

This in itself already negates the whole conceptual idea of an Islamic "Fundamentalism." and also by correlation negates the whole notion of Islamic "Moderates".

What does that mean ? It means that the same terminology should be used as when addressing the various groups in Judaism for instance --- as in Orthodox, Liberal/ Reformist.

Do you see the nuance ? I see it very clearly. For the discourse that is held towards Islam is not the same discourse that is held toward Judaism for instance. There are no fundamentalists and moderates in Israel, there are orthodox and liberals.

It is assumed that an Islamic moderate belongs to an Islam that is essentially Fundamentalist but by addressing his "reason" he can remain a moderate and hopefully stay that way- this is the inherent message. An orthodox or a Liberal Jew belongs to Judaism full stop.

And it is of no coincidence,that Muslims, in particular in the West, find themselves in either an apologetic or defensive position. They try to explain, describe, justify, communicate, that they are not fundamentalists, that even though their attire (which like the Orthodox Jew) may look traditional/conservative/religious, they are not inherently terrorists...and whilst doing all these justification of trying to prove their good intentions, their inherent moderateness they get stuck even deeper in that ghetto that has been laid out for them --like a prefab house -- all ready to be inhabited...

I will stop here for tonight. It is vast subject, this is a blog post, by no means exhaustive or conclusive...hopefully it will provide some food for thought and am happy to debate it on Twitter.

October 5, 2010

Don't Let Iraq Slip Through Your Fingers...

I am very, very pissed off. Really, truly pissed off. I am pissed off at Iraqis and at their complacency, silence and apathy...I really am.

Daily I receive not less than 50 to 70 emails all in Arabic - all articles on Iraq. Sorry but that's not good enough. It's not good enough at all.

These are emails circulating within a closed circle and they are not made available in English to a wider public. There are thousands of Iraqis who have good command of the English language, they live in the US, England and elsewhere, scattered all over...what are you doing exactly ? The Answer is NOTHING. You are doing NOTHING.

The Iraqi blogosphere and social media is as shameful and as pathetic as the current Iraqi situation.

Why aren't more of you on Twitter or Facebook - writing and informing people in English ? Why, what exactly are you waiting for ? But you are good at leaving teary comments on youtube songs...Well this is not what's going to save your asses.

Daily in your "beloved" Iraq, there are human rights violations of the most grotesque kind and you are silent.
Arrests, broad day light killings, tortures, abductions and the rest of the daily misery inflicted on us and you are silent.

I, for my part am doing whatever I can...with the means available to me...It's about fucking time you do your share as well.

Because I tell you, Iraq is slipping again and you're just there watching Her...again.

Stockholm Syndrome...

I get to meet all sorts of people online...and in some way am grateful. Am grateful because everyday I learn more about human idiocy and human courage...

I've met some really vile people - a great majority, and I've met some good people - a minority.

You meet all sorts...literally...a microcosmic world made huge right before your very eyes...and I keep on learning...

Today I met a Vet, who said to me :

I could almost feel your anger. If I were from Iraq I would have rage. Have bits from Vietnam, was on wrong side. I'm anti-war, but it's because I was in Vietnam. I soon learned we are not the 'good guys'.I went to war  to kill and win medals. Naive. But I met HER on my 1st day. The Girl I met on Christmas Day 1968. I felt God put HER there to show me what war really is...

then he added : Layla your country was always a great civilization...I'm ashamed of what my country is doing to it...

And this was my reply to him :

Thank you...I (oddly enough) always have a special thought for Vets...as paradoxical as it may sound...

October 4, 2010

Iran and Its Shiite Militias - Again.

The nightmare is not ending...the nightmare will never end as long as the Iranian/American collaboration is not publicly acknowledged by the Arabs, the West and the International Community as a whole...and in particular the media, mainstream and alternative alike. We, Iraqis, have been saying it for years, since 2003...but no one listens to us...even Iraqi Shias are saying it - yet no one hears us...

The last in line, is yet another machination by that fascist State called Iran in Iraq's future.
Future: we have no bloody future...not when you are a under a dual American Iranian occupation, not to mention the tangible Israeli presence in so-called Kurdistan.

It's been over 7 months since the Iraqis dipped their fingers in that cursed purple ink, in so-called democratic elections, imposed by the Occupier- Democracy by Force, a travesty that has cost us thousands of dead, amputated, missing and exiled...an election process that was marred with blood and deaths...

What Freedom ? What bloody freedom ? There is no Freedom in Iraq. Where is the Freedom when the majority of Iraqis voted for a Secular List, headed by a Shia -Allawi, and 7 months later, the dictatorship of the sectarian fascist Shias is still strangling us. I said it before- Maliki and the Shiite parties all backed, funded, trained and armed to the teeth by Iran, WILL NOT LET GO.

And I have said it over a thousand times - my words falling on deaf and mute people - and I will repeat it once more tonight - ALL - ALL- ALL the leaders of the Shia parties have reached power thanks to the American occupation and ALL of them are ideologically and politically tied to IRAN and ALL of them spent their lives in Iran before landing in Iraq ---WITH/ON AMERICAN TANKS.

Hope you get it this time !

Maliki of the DAWA party will not let go of the central government. Neither any other Shiite party. Muqtada Al-Sadr, the idol of the lefties both Arab and Western, said in the past that he will never back Maliki (check my blog and the interview he gave to Al-Jazeera.) He also said that he has nothing to do with the "rogue" elements of his Jaysh Al-Mahdi (called Asaeb al Haq or League of the "Righteous" and headed by Khaz'ali, another thug in the long lists of thugs that are ruling this country). Of course it was and is all lies - the typical Taqqiya /Deception we are so used to by now.

Puppet Allawi in his desperate attempts was even willing to form a coalition with the rapist, driller, torturer, head of the ethnic cleansing and death squads - Muqtada Al-Sadr.

But even that did not work.

Allawi went to Syria and was basically informed by the Syrian government (that sly entity), that Iran and Syria back Maliki and that is one of the reasons for Syria's president current visit to Iran. Oddly enough, the Americans also back Maliki ---and of course Iran has accepted that Maliki stays in power but there are conditions --and these are the conditions :

The following information am about to give you is SURE and you will not read it in your press either.

Three days ago a secret meeting was held between the following :

a) Mohamed Jaafari, Head of the IRANIAN Revolutionary Guards and

b)2 leaders (Makki and Daraji) of the Asaeb Al Haq - League of the Righteous - (LR is an Iraqi Shiite party, a branch of the IRANIAN Revolutionary Guards in IRAQ) and

c) two Sadrists - aides of Muqtada Al-Sadr (Abdel Hadi and Al-Zirjawi) who are ALSO officially ranked as military men in IRAN's Revolutionary Guards and

d) an IRAQI representative of the DAWA party (Maliki's party) Abdel Halim Al-Zahri with the IRANIAN head of the Dawa Party in Tehran.

The meeting was held at the Iranian Revolutionary Guards HQ in Qum. During this meeting it was agreed that :

1- Sadr's party and League of the Righteous will join AGAIN and be responsible for Iraqi state security and intelligence apparatus.

2- in exchange the Sadrists will be nominating Nouri Al-Maliki for a second term, provided that he releases all Sadrists detainees as convened during a PREVIOUS MEETING in August 20101 where Ali Larajani - Iranian FM was present.

3- ministerial positions were also laid out for both Sadrists and League of the Righteous and one of them is the appointing of Mohamed Abdel Hamid (one of the military leaders of Jaysh Al-Mahdi as well as others) to important posts in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. These appointed men are also officially ranked as military men in the IRANIAN Revolutionary Guards.

4 - also agreed that the League of the Righteous will appoint two of its own men for ministerial posts in the IRAQI Ministry of Defense and another for a post that is tied to Iraqi National Security and Intelligence.

5- the above groupings will be headed by Ahmed Chalabi unofficially but officially will be represented by a Shiite Kurd by the name of Arass Habib- who was also chosen by the IRANIAN Revolutionary Guards. This Arass Habib will be in charge of the American and Arab Gulf Dossier.

Ahmad Chalabi played a pivotal role in organizing this meeting and ensuring that Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Iranians agree on all the proposed agenda. Furthermore, Chalabi was also involved in the previous meeting that took place in August 2010, where Ali Larijani was present as well as members of the Iranian and Iraqi Dawa parties, members of the Jaysh Al-Mahdi, members of the A.Hakeem party, members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and members of the Iraqi Kurdish parties.

The results of this meeting were fruitful since Nouri Al-Malki has agreed to the following in exchange for a second term.

- He will release all the Sadrist prisoners (only the Sadrists not the thousands of others Iraqi Sunnis prisoners) but on condition that they leave the country for an appointed time only after which they can return to Iraq.

- That the appointments in the Ministries in particular the Ministry of Interior, and other bodies that are related to National Security and Intelligence matters be fair i.e be equally divided between the DAWA members and the Sadrists.

- Also in exchange for the appointments of 10 high ranked military leaders of the Jaysh Al-Mahdi in important sensitive posts in the future Iraqi government, Maliki has asked guarantees from Muqtada Al-Sadr that there will be no attempts of a military coup against his government in the future. (which presumes that the bulk of the Iraqi forces are also ex members of Jaysh Al-Mahdi)

- another condition imposed upon Maliki by the Iranians during the last Larijani meeting in August 2010 - is that his government agrees to pay regular salaries and benefits to the released Sadrists detainees and the Iranians assured Maliki that SYRIA is willing to host them until the new Iraqi government is fully formed.


I have taken the time to translate all that important information for you, do not treat it flippantly - because this is a serious matter, a serious and grave matter.

All the Iraqis I come across, and all the calls I get from Baghdad, they all tell me that they are preparing themselves for another sectarian round of ethnic cleansing by those Shiite parties. This at the moment has even become more important than getting electricity, water or an employment - not to mention news from our loved ones being tortured and rotting in the Shiite Iranian Jails of American Democracy.

October 1, 2010

Possessive ...

When it comes to Iraq...am like a Tigress -- exclusive, territorial, and very possessive. Call it nationalism, call it patriotism, call it chauvinism, call it whatever you like. I don't give a fuck how and what you call it.

Iraq runs in my blood, like oxygen --thicker than blood, and as yielding as water...you can't grab the thing... whatever you do...

Feels like a child fighting during a school recreational break --when other kids try to bully you and steal your candies -- I'd pull back, kick and fight back, till my last breath, shouting -- this is MINE, you can't take it.

I did not like being bullied as a child and today, I am ready to bite anyone's head off if he/she tries to bully me, in any way...

And it's exactly the same for Iraq.




Video : Bashar Al-Azzawi rendition of Nohee. Iraqi traditional song.