Ground Zero from the Cold...

I am not sure if you have ever experienced that yourself, that of belonging to another universe, speaking a different language, even though you like to believe you are part of "it" all...the "here and now" of it all.

Less than one hour's flight lies between the "statelet" (as a friend calls it) and between my Beloved, and if feels as if more than a trillion miles separate those two realities.

Can you imagine what it must feel like between another group of statelets -also known as the United States- and statelets is what they are, and my Beloved ?

I'm someone who always prided herself on what I deemed to be a "great sense of adaptability." Yet language fails me tonight.

I'm someone who strongly believed in bridges and a common heritage beyond history and culture, but then again, am taught a lesson, lesson 101 in revising long held beliefs...

I was with a group of people. I was asked to speak so I spoke...

They asked me about torture and I spoke of isolation. The different forms of torture; mental, moral, spiritual, sexual, physical and the "Stockholm syndrome."

I spoke of torture and isolation relegating you back to your infantile state where you are forced to bond with your torturer. Because that is what torture and isolation are all about. They are meant to break you and regress you to ground Zero, a ground where you will seek any attachment to life even with your own regular visiting sadist.

I spoke of rows of orphans and widows begging for food, waiting desperately for morsels to fall into a dirty disposable plate, as disposable as their lives...

I spoke of a foreigner called an American waiting to fuck a hajji "coz it's so cool and gives an awesome feeling once you finish him off."

I spoke of the Eye Raqi being a foreigner in his/her own land, considered an excess, a nuisance, easily eliminated for the sake of "peace."

I spoke of the different methods of breaking a spirit, of erasing a history, a culture...of nullifying a presence...

I spoke of every time you inhale- the most basic of vital functions- there is an invisible dust lodging in your nose, lodging in your lungs and you know you might die from it and it's called Depleted Uranium.

I spoke about every time you ingest food, you know fully well it's contaminated with poison but, being human and needing to survive, you have no choice but to ingest it, knowing fully well, it will kill you.

I spoke of how being "human" has a price attached to it, depending on your race and your religion.

I spoke of our favorite color black, because it’s the only color that expresses who we are today.

I spoke of women and girls selling themselves and yet those same people that drove them to "it" ,target them and eliminate them for not obeying rules...rules imposed by a group of men who use God as the ultimate authority when they have no legitimacy themselves.

I spoke of many things...

But it's as if I was speaking in the void, in the cold...

It's as if I was speaking from ground Zero. And Zero echo is what I got.

I am someone who not only prided herself on her "sense of adaptability" but also on her keen sense of "observation."

And I observed...I observed alright.

I saw people checking their watches even though I only had a mere 20 minutes to speak.

I saw people diverting the subject. I saw people giggling. I saw people yawning. I saw people sending messages on their cell phones...

Am no boring speaker. I go straight to the point. I don't mince words. I give it the way it is...I give it the way it ought to be given.

But these people had more "important" things to do...

They had to catch up with the latest Egyptian TV serial. The Dow Jones. The girl friend - maybe this time they will convince her to bed. The business deal to finalize. The party they had to go to, where they can "shine" and make a final impression.

In sum, they had more "important things"...

At one point, I looked at "my audience" and saw a group of skulls and bones seated on red chairs, holding a cell phone in their hands...

I looked and felt am in a cemetery.

The moderator, sensing my silence, said "Ms. Anwar you have 5 more minutes."

I replied in a zombie trance like state "Will these 5 minutes make a difference?"

I did not even bother to wrap up.

There was no wrapping up to do, it's an ongoing story happening not too far away...

This is a statelet, not too far away and these were the reactions.

Can you imagine what it must be like in the "civilized" world?

Can you imagine what it must be like in the conglomerate of pathetic statelets called the United States?

There is no more time for niceties - listen to me, look at me kind of niceties. This is the time for another manifesto.

A shake you into a fucking Iraqi oblivion manifesto from ground Zero, a manifesto from the cold...

And I have always prided myself on delivering my promises. And a promise I am making to you. You will get it. For sure, you will.

From ground Zero, from the cold, you will get it.

Warm up to the idea, now. For it's coming...

Picture: Best ever.


Todd said…
Am so sorry you got disrespected during your speaking. You know, I don't know what to say. I feel bad about you and the rest of the Iraqi's every time I read your blog. I don't know what to say because I get the feeling anything I say, me being in the U.S., that it doesn't mean all that much to you. I do want you to know that not all of us think what the U.S. government unleashed on your country is right, and a lot of us empathize with your situation.
Anonymous said…
"Picture: Best ever"

Best photo or best man ?
Anonymous said…
My house burned down last year. It was freezing cold out, at about midnight. It was such a horrible thing to experience. I am not talking about the fire itself. I was surprised that the flames were not frightening to me; after all, we had all got out safely. But to stand there and watch your life, all the things you take for granted be destroyed before your eyes in almost indescribable. In my mind, while a work, I still wander back to that place. The smell, the horrible smell. Running back into the fire to get my frightened little dog; too afraid to come out of the basement. The blank look on my husbands face. The confusion…. The endless wait for the fire trucks. The countless friends and neighbors “Did everybody get out? Is anyone hurt? Here take my shoes…” The morning light was the worst. We went back into the house. What wasn’t destroyed by the fire, was destroyed by water. Everything stank. We just cried.

I say all this because as an American, I have been in denial of a lot of horrible crimes committed in my name against the Iraqi people. My point about my house is that it was an accidental fire my house was not fire bombed like the Iraqi house was. The people who came to put the fire out weren’ t the ones who set it. In Iraq, it’s bad enough we destroyed it we have the gall to say we will be the ones to rebuild it. We can’t even give you the dignity to finally at least leave you alone to rebuild your country. Since Iran has joined the “party” you now have two major enemies(and lesser ones) to deal with.

I had to grit my teeth to get through your some of your posts. To get past my denial. But I have and I am finally and happly with you Layla. I don’t expect any applause or pat on the back because I have a lot to make up for. WE ALL DO. I just wanted to say I am sorry for not standing up for truth and justice in the first place. One way or another I will come up with a way to personally do something to help the Iraqi cause.
Anonymous said…
The sad truth is that the mythical "Arab Nation" which the SAINT in the picture loved, believed in and fought for to the death (literally), is actually made up (for the most part) of petty, jealous, envious, shallow, day-dreaming, irresponsible, blinkered, cocooned, ignorant, West-crazy masturbators who HATED the beautiful, proud and virtuous Iraq that was for it represented their CONSCIENCE which they didn't want to listen to, and felt secretly RELIEVED when this conscience was finally reduced to silence.

You have spoken to a bunch of shameless HYPOCRITES.
Anonymous said…
You're always travelling...Don't you ever tire ?
Anonymous said…
Did your (non-)audience know that you were the famous Iraqi blogger ?
Anonymous said…
Over the far hills, brother,
You must come now and draw down
To the wells of the black tent.
Over the upright rocks,
Over the broken waves of the sand-dune,
Over the bones of the camel and the sheep,
Come brother, come down to the horse,
To the well, the well of the black tent.


Here I, in a long high chant,
I will set your blood singing.
Here I can show you the delicate bone
Of my wrist and my long thigh.
In a restless moment you will
Rush onward and down to the tent
Of the coloured tapestry within,
Where I lie as a knife
Offering up reflection to light.


Over the sensitive dawn
Knowing only the black night,
Over a moment when sound breaks
Out from the Kaaba,
Over all sudden music
That passes beyond the machine
We will travel together
Yoked as the foreign hound,
Penetrating all directions of wind
With a cry that shatters the bell.


No columns of metal or armies, brother,
Can forget our shape in this path.
all must pass under this shadow, this light.
No soldier of any tribe
Insolently planning to take a life
Will endure, describe or call down
The battle of war, brother.
The vision of death was a holy book
Locked with metal, tyrant of the brain...

But the meaning of life, now,
Is a secret revealed, assaulting my mind.

jocelyn braddell©
Anonymous said…
From the window I will throw myself off to you. From the window.
Anonymous said…

If I was in the audience, my eyes would have been drawn to you for every second and each word would have been completely absorbed for I am dying of thirst for the truth and you are a fountain...

For any fellow Americans who believe in the putrid bags of pus that pass for our leaders - I would suggest that they check out the site:
Anonymous said…
I would have listened to you. It's no joke, your words are chilling. Thanks.
Anonymous said…
i think its selfish to think that you're the only one who gives a hoot about it all. while you are in jordan or syria w/ at least an internet connection, others are fighting the battles on the ground. people will mobilize for a good cause when the time is ripe. as much as you hate God or feel that he has let you down, you are pathetic! God is testing each and everyone of us. Don't be like your masters who think there is no God or that God created and left his creation unattended. No! God is the sustainer as well, he is aware and in control of all things. Nothing the criminals of Saddam, or of Bush, or of Khomeini or of Mubarak or of Asad, can do that is not written for us. Did you even wonder how the punishment fits the crime, now we see first hand.

i can't get over the beard and him holding the quran, i wonder what he would have been like if he gave us the johnny walker and the cowboy hat before he was put in a cage. the tyrant has fallen, the fight in iraq today is about not letting the US put another tyrant for another 30 years! that is why they are fighting in my opinion.
Angel said…
Hello Layla,

What a rude audience. I couldn't imagine anyone thinking of your topics as boring.

Is there is a lesson to be learned here? As in no-one cares, East or West. Beyond caring.

It is the silly season (Christmas). Everyone is too busy out-doing one another, going into debt for presents.

Maybe if you offered a creditcard, more notice would be taken?

I look forward to another "Manifesto". The last series were very educational. Definitely nothing boring!

The light of one of my "story tellers" is fading very quickly, death is near. Another piece of pachwork will be missing soon.
Anonymous said…
I'd still care to know where on earth JR has gone off to.

I believe his sense of humor did Layla good.
Anonymous said…
I am a fool.
Anonymous said…
It's not "Eye-raqi", it's "Eye-raGHi".

The Qaf was convicted of Arabism and executed some time ago.
Todd said…
"For any fellow Americans who believe in the putrid bags of pus that pass for our leaders - I would suggest that they check out the site:"


For more scary stuff, like the history leading up to now, check out today's (11-28-07) on and listen to the interview with Naomi Wolf.
Anonymous said…
Qays a.k.a. Abu Zeft said:
"i can't get over the beard and him holding the quran"

YoUnicorn said…
My Dear Layla

Exactly !
then dont have ears to listen
eyes to see, heart to feel.
Do they? WHERE? hidden in the bubble of denial ?
Their are full of ads
Dow Jones, yes
movies, yes
shopping, yes
they dont have a space for anything else... depressing !

You observe, true
You share, true
You give, true

Thank you my dearest Sister,
we listen to you !
Lots of love
YoUnicorn said…
More links

The Shock Doctrine

the story about the film
Layla Anwar said…

Can you sing Blue Suede shoes?
Layla Anwar said…
Dearest Yolla,

Salam, am still waiting for the mexicam lebanese mix :-) By the time Iraq is liberated, they will stop producing teqila and arak.
Layla Anwar said…
A'sad Abu Khalil,

Do me a favor and do it pronto. Aim high will ya? Like very high.
Layla Anwar said…

I don't know what you are going through, but whatever it is , I pray that it will go as smoothly as possible I wish I could say the same for myself.
Layla Anwar said…

If you say you're a fool, who am I to disagree with you?
Layla Anwar said…
Hi Rambleman,

Say hello to your Mrs Rambleman to me. Be well.
Layla Anwar said…
Jocelyn B,

You are talented.
Layla Anwar said…

Come on over to Eye Raq and you will see the truth.
YoUnicorn said…
Dearest Layla

I am with you, also waiting !
Listening to you and reading your generous sharing, Thank you !
The production of arak and tequila
has to keep going and the candles should keep on ,-))
Be kind to yourself, you deserve it !
Bless you
Much love

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