Tuesday, October 24

Today, a friend in Iraq replied to my Eid greetings with "We shall celebrate Eid only after the withdrawal of the last American soldier in Iraq."

On a side, yet related, note,

dad came back from China today, he showed me some of their currency... They have six languages written on their money notes!!
it's funny how they have all these different nationalities and ethnic groups living together, it's more strange how these groups are not fighting or on the sheer of a civil war, maybe because they don't have an illegal occupation, maybe because they don't have a sectarian government.


Iraqis want their country back. Iraqis want their sovereignty back. Iraqis want their life back.

13 comments:

Latvia said...

there is no civil war in china because the communist regime is oppressing other ethnic groups - tibetians and uyghurs, denying them basic rights, like practise their religion, respectively buddhism and islam. because mao zedong has famously said: religion is poison.

basically situation in a communist regime isn't much different from regime of Saddam Husein. There is only one way of living, the way the Party says you to live. There is only one truth, the truth of the Party, which is brutally enforced by force. Any other opinions are crushed by force. Any outer information is blocked and you can get in serious trouble for listening radio like "Free Europe". and so on.

i'm afraid you are familiar with this.

Majed Jarrar said...

Latvia,

A communist government in China, which is national and sovriegn, provides a life for 1.3 Billion people [a number you won't be able to imagine], with an unemployment rate of 9.8% according to cia.gov

A sectarian democratic government in Iraq, which is US-imported and collapsing soon due to its disfunctionality, cannot provide ANY of basics of life to the 26 million Iraqis [2% of Chinese population]. Security, Water, Food, Electricity, infrastructure, rights, freedoms are all in a highly critical condition in Iraq. Latest poll by Aljazeera reported that unemployment in Iraq reached 70%.


I essentially agree with your idea, and I would love to live in a democratic and just country just as much as I like to have a good meal and a nice house. That, however, is just among many other life extras COMPARING to basic necessities of living like water, electricity, security and so forth. The problem is that Bush's administration [well, and also your comment], does not seem to understand the priorities of life. The US administration keeps deluding people that its attempts to establish democracy in Iraq is worthy of what happening to Iraqis and to Americans themselves. The truth is, it is not! The illegal occupation of Iraq failed to give the basic necessities of life, WHICH, the dictator regime of Saddam Hussein, had managed to give.

I am not saying that democracy is important; I am not saying Saddam was good. Saddam was horrible, and democracy is great. But! There are things that are important in our lives, and there are things that are urgent [whether important or unimportant], establishing democracy is good and important, as long as people have what they need in life. Establishing democracy in Iraq in this situation, while all urgencies are unavailable is just terrible; people will use their ‘democratic rights’ to fight and clash for their life necessities. Civil war WILL occur in this case.

M Jarrar

Bruno said...

Nice blog Majid, but LO! only two comments for one of the infamous Jarrar brothers?

Looks like everybody forgot about you.

Want me to call Jeffrey?

(Eh ... that's a joke, I promise!)

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the men of Iraq could grow a set of nuts, the Americans wouldn't have to do their fighting for them.

Bruno said...

The men of Iraq have plenty of nuts, and they've been beating you over the head with them for the past four years. Have you seen the pictures of Camp Falcon? What a beautiful sight. :)

Majed Jarrar said...

anonymous,

maybe if you had nuts to at least write your initials, I would have argued with you.


Bruno, are there awards for best interactive reader? You've got my vote!

JJB said...

My knowledge of Iraqi history is terribly limited, so I ask if it's possible to know more about the traditional government systems that have been in place in Iraq. From what little information available to me, I understand that sectarianism has been part of the tradition in that entire part of the hemisphere from ancient Greece to Japan. There have only been short periods (meaning decades) where dictatorships or so-called democracies have reigned. Is this incorrect?

Latvia said...

i was only talking about communist regime in China. no need to became offensive :)

after half of my life under communist regime of soviet union, it's just sad when somebody glorifies a communist regime. China basically is the same as soviet union. conquered and annexed neighbouring nations, oppressed them. for many years trying to destroy their culture and nationality, overflooding those teritories whith chinese people. and so on.

and i am able to imagine 1,3 billion people of china. i was good at math :)

no doubt, the present government of iraq is basically dysfunctional and doing more bad than good. no doubt that US has F up iraq. i live far away and just reading news and blogs makes me depressed and hopeless about the whole situation. and i cant see no light in the end.

Bruno said...

shukran, majed!

Majed Jarrar said...

Latvia,

I am so sorry if I sounded offensive to you, one thing I hate with writing is that it doesn't include tone of content. I just had a point to clarify, but sorry if you felt it was offensive.



JJB,

Sectarianism never occurred in Iraq, the only sectarian government I know of in the region is Lebanon, and I know most Lebanese complain about the bases of it [it's kinda based on a survey done in beginnings of 20th century.. I’m sure there are others who know more about this and are welcome to clarify this to us here].

During the 20th Century, Iraq witness a whole lot of governments, and a whole lot of revolutions, they were all dictatorships (regardless of having 'good' or 'bad' dictatorships) since Iraq was kingdom before 1958, and after that.

throughout the 12 years in which I lived in Iraq under Saddam's regime, I never ever heard of a sectarian privileges to anyone, it's a complete twist of the truth that Saddam killed Shi’a and loved Sunnis, the mass killing was against those who attempted the revolution against Saddam in 1990, they happened to be Shi’a mostly just because the US had backed up their mullahs, but Sunnis and Shi’a were alike before the same gun; the prejudice was only against those who were not Ba’thists.

And just a quick side note, few months before the war, I remember I was suspended for three days, along with 5 other students from my high school (which was around 1200 students), because we were the only ‘not-Ba’thists’ students; joining the Ba’ath was not a political orientation, it was a life necessity. In Saddam’s Iraq, You can’t continue studies in university, you can’t work in the government, you can’t teach, you’ll face lots of harassment from mokhabarat everywhere, if you were not a Ba’thist, for most people who joined it, it did not exceed a matter of a ‘comrade meeting’ every couple of weeks.]

By the way, Kurds even had more privileges than both Sunnis and Shi’a since they had their own government, schools, rights, etc... up in the region of Kurdistan (The resolution of autonomous government of Kurds was applied from 1971, I reckon)

Sectarianism was never a tangible issue in Iraq, the Al-Askari shrine that was bombed last February, had been built, protected and taken care of solely by Sunnis throughout the past 10 or so centuries.

It is, with no doubts or second-thoughts, the occupation that caused this sectarianism among Iraqis; it is the illegal occupation that is leading Iraq to the sheer of a civil war, it is the American administration and its allies who must take responsibility for the 655,000 civilian souls killed in Iraq.




Bruno,

Ahlan wa Sahlan :)

Anonymous said...

Well Majeed, you could move to the United States of America and see how people of all kinds of ethnicity live in perfect harmony every single day. (For anyone who doesn't get it, that's a sarcastic statement.)

Maybe it'll never happen. I truly hope it will someday happen (and sooner rather than later) that all of us in this country can believe in and live up to the ideals of the USA.

I keep telling my family that even though I can't always express it, I know in my heart what America is supposed to stand for and how it's supposed to be. And it isn't working properly right now. Still, that dream is a good dream for any country. If only we could live it, we might be able to spread it because everyone would want to live as we do. But until everyone who lives HERE is living the dream, we have no business trying to show any other country the way to live.

Anonymous said...

Well seems like Saddam Husein is going to be executed shortly.. do you think this might bring back the Iraqis country, sovereignty and lives?

Samee7a :)

Majed Jarrar said...

Anonymous,

we all wish to live in a better, more ideal world. But I believe that every nation has the right to go through the process of development by itself, even if that process (and it usually does) included dictatorships or tyrannies. Democracy is a flower of centuries of planting, and it is not even necessarily the same flower in every nation. US can't just import democracy to Iraq because it works in the US.

I am currently writing an essay now for my rhetorical writing course, counter-arguing Andrew Ransley's [associate editor of the observer] perspective that interventionism is something ideal that should be applied to any place where its not stable, and the reason it did not work in Iraq because the iraqi example had a strategic (random) error.

as you said, beforet he US starts to intervene in other countries' businesses, let it fix its domestic problems first.



Samee7a!!

good to see you in my blog world! haha, read my latest post to answer your question.