Simply Red...


I am fixated on red these days, everything I wear is bright red, not that I have many red clothes to wear...but red is everywhere. I watch it daily, red...red blood pouring down the streets, the hospitals corridors, under the rubbles...tanks and barrels of red...everyone around me is red too, red with anger, with rage...powerlessly red. A red impotence, a red cry stuck in one's throat, a red tear frozen on the edges, on the corner...red.

I see red everywhere...reminding me of the red in Baghdad, that has not abated...
The Green turns into Red, and the Red into Black...and then Red again...

How many more red gallons will it take ?

Is Arab blood so cheap ? Bring it down to less than 40 dollars a barrel ? Nah, much cheaper, it has no value and no price...let it pour, let it flow...why not, it is the "other's" blood, the other one,

The other one, hardly a name, maybe a first name and maybe a number...but not even. What does it matter ? A Mohamed, a Ali, a Zaynab, a Aisha...a woman, a child, an old man, an old woman...does not matter. It is the "Other" and it is disposable...

Finish them off ! One by one...go for it, go for it...you can do it...they never existed in your minds to start with...

What are these screams and shouts that I hear ? They are moving, they are alive...they exist. Nah, these are only shadows, shadows of your imagination...Finish them off !

And so it is done...one by one, country by country... until the Green turned Red and the Red turned Black and the Black turned Red again...

It is all simply very Red...and shall remain so,

And don't come and say you have not been warned...


Painting : Iraqi artist (name?): Nights of Fragments of Fire

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hey Layla,

I came across your Blog completely incidentally but I found it interesting to read your (arab) opinion about the conflict between Isreael and the people in Gaza.

The one thing I do not understand about this event - how can you blame Israel while Hamas was the first to violate the ceasefire in December, provoking a response.
Israel waited several weeks, during which Hamas was internationally requested to stop their attacs.
The current events are of course horrible but they were foreseeable. Israel couldn't just sit there and watch there cities being attacked by rockets every day.

Why doesn't Hamas want peace?


Greetings from a distant observer in Europe,

Lucas
Anonymous said…
Dearest Layla, it's good to see you're back.

Yes, it's obvious that Arab blood is very cheap and Arab lives expendable, considering the deafening silence we are witnessing from all parts of the globe - that is, from those who are in the position to make a difference.

We're just re-living the horrors occurring in Gaza of what was/is done in Iraq - Shoeface blames the victims, as usual. How I wish the shoe had met his evil face.

Nations and hands covered in the blood of innocents because 'silence means consent' ...

In solidarity.
Anonymous said…
Somehow, red suits you!
Cause of you!
Evern though this language doesn't suit me,
Frees me to be true!
NUR
Anonymous said…
wow. I don't feel this way anymore but wow, that's pretty close to how I used to think.
Kali Manitou said…
Layla Dear, here's a joke to put a smile on your face, albeit a sad one. For the first time I visited the blogs of some Iraq-mojo guy and muzzy and some other shmuck from England pretending to be Iraqi or Arap...whatever. Jeeafrey the stinker and some other putrid vegetables loving themselves and each other made me...well, I didn't feel any reaction actually. Just left without bothering to spit even. No insiparation, no pity, no sympathy.
I just appreciate your blog with a new lust. You are precious!
Ok, now the joke:

In one of the modern shopping centers of one of the "modern"city centers of a Arab country a woman is running around like her life depends on it and rushes into the public toilets. Immediately she's stopped at the door by a traditionally dressed man.
-Hey woman! What you think you're doing? This is mens toilet!!
She asks briskly:
-Well, is Muntather Al-Zaidi inside?
He is surprized:
-Of course not!
She pushes him to the side:
-Is there any other man in the Arap world?...

Urungu
Ali Dahmash said…
My friend called his friend in Shefa Hospital in Gaza and he told him that he can't find water to remove the blood from his clotehs and hands, he tarvels to go take a shower at someone's house. Thats beside the trajedy of not having power and medical supplies. Arab leaders need to be executed in a public place very soon!
Anonymous said…
Hi Layla, an old geezer and fellow parishioners in Alabama performing so-called shape-note singing. Yeah, I know it's religious and I'm not a believer, but the power is in the vocals so who am I to argue? Hope you enjoy as much as I did:

I'll Sing Again
Angel said…
Hi Layla,

Definitely country by country, but only the one's that to do tow the "world police" line.

You know it, I know it, even they know it, but don't care.

Meanwhile, innocents die.
Anonymous said…
Red....the colour of anger, the colour of passion, the colour of rage, the colour of blood no matter race or religion or region.

May the red, blood soaked earth in your country return to verdant green lush with life without fear.

Adele
Anonymous said…
I used to be quite ignorant of history in general, and the Middle East's history in particular...like most people who live in America. Then came 9/11, a crime for the ages...the perpetrators of which are most likely benefitting from the current economic "bailout". At first I reacted like most Americans, with anger and disbelief. Then a man who used to work for the CIA offered up a lecture for the community at large on the history of America in the Middle East. It was well attended, and quite the eye-opener. I came away a changed person. To anyone who now accuses me of being pro-Palestinian I say "you can thank a former CIA operative for that".
Unknown said…
I expect to see red in the Divided States Of America pretty soon. Locally, there was an unjustified shooting of a black dude by a Bay Area Rapid Transit cop. There was rioting, but it could have been much worse. There was a video of it, but YouTube pulled it. Censorship runs rampant, but TRUTH shall find a way.

A lot of people are fed up here. With the hope of our world exploiting, formerly prodigal lifestyles continuing; going away, it's going to get messy here. I'll enjoy it with you as we watch what is, be no more. (I've written enough short stories about it.)
Ali Dahmash said…
Hi Lucas, according to CNN, Hamas didn't violate the rtue, Israel did
Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KntmpoRXFX4
we also must not forget that Israel enforced a 2 years embargo and siege on Gazans where is blocked access to Land, Air and Sea. Humintarian conditions there have been realy alarming long time before the war but I guess was more busy ith Obama, Britney Spears and Brangelina
Layla Anwar said…
Lucas,

Thanks for stopping by,

Your argument is the classical rehashed one anyone hears on Western media outlets...It is a deeply nonsensical one and I shall tell you how so.

1- the current propaganda spin is that Israel is daily threatened by Hamas rockets, and thus Hamas broke the so called ceasefire.

2 - the above line of argument is ludicrous to say the least. The Israeli army is the 3rd "mightiest" in the world...in the past months, a total of 13 israelis died from rockets, and the Palestinian side had some 3'000if not more.

3 - It is evident that the "balance of power" is totally unequal add to that the stringent embargo that a population of 1.5 million has been living under for several months now where no food, no medical supplies, no electricity, no fuel...nothing was allowed...

I can add more points, but suffice to say the argument you have put forward stands as very weak to say the least...
Layla Anwar said…
Dearest Lil Deer,

Nice to see you again...Thank you for your comment...how true !

I need to point something here though and I feel it is important to remind the reader - This is NOT ONLY Bush's last move before he leaves office, but it is Obama's as well...I shall explain myself.

The seeming power vacuum, or should I say the transition vacuum between the old admin and the new US one, was/is ideal for such a strike...Some will blame the old admin but who cares as the shoe is on his way out...and the new admin will argue - we were not in power yet I need to remind everyone that H.Clinton had that same strike on her agenda during her campaign...


You are correct in seeing or pointing the similiarities with Iraq. They are blatant....so is the silence, maybe less so this time around...except from governments.
Layla Anwar said…
cowboy,

how strange ! Just a few posts back you relished the smell of burnt flesh...

So what color do you see now ?
Layla Anwar said…
Hey Urungu,

Nice one ! My exact same feeling !
Layla Anwar said…
Ali,

What you say is true...but does it stop at Arab leaders only ?
I would add an Ahmadinejad and a Khameini and a few of their proxies too...or does your name not allow you to agree to this ?
Layla Anwar said…
Hey Angel,

I agree, it is always innocents who die...
Layla Anwar said…
Adele,

Thanks for your wish...
Green while the largest American embassy ever is being inaugurated in a "free" Iraq, or Green in Gaza ?
Layla Anwar said…
Abdallah,

Interesting CIA operative you have...What were the arguments put forward ? And what did you learn ?
Layla Anwar said…
Hi Morgan,

I always enjoy your biting "sense of humor", keep it up, even though I know you are not joking...
Ali Dahmash said…
Arab leaders are worse, such as Mubarak, king abdallah of saudi, the list goes on! I always trash them in my blog. But I would say the worse is Mahmoud Abbas and Mohamad Dahlan. The Arab street has had it with those thugs. Atleast here in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon we can go protests in the streets unlike Egypt
Anonymous said…
"Abdallah,

Interesting CIA operative you have...What were the arguments put forward ? And what did you learn ?
"

Most Americans are totally unaware of the persistent meddling into Middle East affairs conducted by the US under the guise of humaitarian aid. Most Americans are unaware that many ME "governments", such as Egypt, for example, are bought and paid for by the US...they are powerless to resist US interests...case in point, Pakistan, which will continue to endure drone attacks that kill its citizens because Pakistan is so dependent on US "aid"...like a drug user. Speaking of drugs, most Americans are unaware that the CIA is heavily financed by drug trafficking. Most Americans are unaware that the Palestinians held democratic elections and elected the Hamas party, and have been under embargo ever since because the US and Israel hold that Hamas is a "terrorist" organization...while Israel, which bombed the US Liberty and killed scores of Americans and attempted to blame Egypt, is not a "terrorist state"...most Americans don't even know about the US Liberty incident. MOst Americans think that the "surge" was a success, and are not told that the Americans paid the Sunni resistance to stop fighting them...money talks, Islam walks. MOst Americans don't know about the Israeli nuclear blackmailing of America,or its total ownership of all American Congressmen...witness the current resolutions supporting the current Israeli Shoah in Palestine...Palestinians did not conduct the so-called Holocaust. If six million Jews had been killed Palestine would not be suffering today, and any people who endured a holocaust would not want to inflict it on others. Most Americans think that "God" gave Israel to the current murderers, and fail to understand that the Palestinians have every right to fire whatever they can fire at the illegal occupiers, European Ashkenazi jews who built a nation based on the deinition of clinical insanity, ie "I heard voices in my head telling me to take this land and kill every man, woman, and child, every ass and oxen, and lay fallow the ground because I AM THE CHOSEN OF GOD"...didn't work for the Son of Sam, and it won't work for IsraHell either.
I could go on, but you get my drift.
Anonymous said…
"Why doesn't Hamas want peace?


Greetings from a distant observer in Europe,

Lucas
"

Tell you what, Lucas...I hear some voices in my head, I think it is God, and He is telling me that I should come to Europe, take your house, bulldoze it, uproot all your plants, put you to live in your doghouse if you have one, randomly kill members of your family, and feed you the shit out of my toilet. If you take some of my shit and fling it back at me in desperation I have a right to defend myself by obliterating the doghouse that you live in. I can do all this because I am THE CHOSEN ONE.

Makes sense, right?

Would you want "peace" ???

Reality check: the Palestinians have every right to fire whatever they can at the thieves who stole their country, and to not stop until they get their country back.
Anonymous said…
Hey Layla,

thanks for your answer. You made some valid points, but I still cannot think of Hamas as the victim in this conflict.

My thought on your points:

1 - Well I don't think it's just propaganda. You get to see real pictures here that prove that there actually are attacks on Israel.

2 - Of course Hamas is in no position to seriously threaten Israel, but if someone fires rockets at your country you don't just sit there - even if nobody died.

3 - Well the embargo was not put in place out of sheer invidiousness. It also was a reaction to Hamas attacks.
During the ceasefire established on 08-06-19, Israel was willing to progressively open the borders again.
In my opinion this point in time should have been the kickoff for a long lasting peace. Herein lies my point. The negotiations led to a situation, which could have ended the conflict once and for all.
But what happened instead? Hamas did let it go to waste. Even if just half of the reported attacks on Israel (with over 400 rockets and grenades since July) were reality. For me it is evident that Hamas caused the circle of violence to start again.

This is at least how things are portrayed in Europe. If you do have completely different information on this please let me know.


Sincerely,

Lucas
Anonymous said…
Layla, I would personally wish you see the rainbow, but your never ending crusades bedazzle me!!!!!Then why did you allow ???!!!! YOU said OTTOMan was no fiesta, and you TRIED, let me emphasize, TRIED to ramshack my HERO,I wish you the best of Italian high heels!!!!!!!! I WISH you the most bitter coffee YOU can taste!!!!
NUR
Anonymous said…
I believe that violent people should do violence on each other. I have no pitty for our kind. It sucks that good people are hurt in our fighting. I don't know what else to say about this. Perhaps when enough people are dead there can finally be peace.
Anonymous said…
Imho Lucas is a jewnazi psychopath on his shequels-paid jewnazi hasbara mission...
Anonymous said…
I no longer pray for peace, I pray for tolerance between all men and women on this little planet known as Earth...
AJB

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