madly in love with Iraq

15.11.06

Remembrance

She was wailing bitterly on the radio “Oh my dear boy, he was only 17, when
I heard that a British solider was killed I knew it was him, something inside me told me it was him. I signed his papers when he joined the army last year, I signed his death papers, I agreed to put my signature and register a 16years old with the bloody army”.

I felt for this mother who lives in a previously mining village where jobs are scarce, and career choices for young poor men are very slim.

Later she said “I did not know that he will be sent to this horrible country to die”.

I felt hurt, deeply hurt and switched off the radio.
My country is not horrible how dare she say that, or is it?

The next day was Remembrance Day. Newspapers were paying tributes to all dead soldiers since the First World War by listing their names and their ranks. Special prayers and speeches were held and later shown on TV.

I sat there watching, reading and wondering about our unknown soldiers and unknown victims; who will list them and pray for them? Who will compensate our children for their stolen childhood? Who will compensate our youth for the lost years?

I cannot stop myself from thinking that the prosperity and stability in here were only accomplished because countries like ours live in hell.

They initiate wars to get cheaper fuel for themselves, they starve Africa to get better food and they incite hatred to cause civil wars and find markets for their filthy arms business.

And don’t they sell it well? Exporting democracy to the third world; introducing fair-trade by backing small farms and banning child-slavery produce and last but not least selling arms through intermediaries to cover their backs.

Even when they sympathise with us, you cannot help but feel humiliated. They look at us as aliens or lower species.
When someone asks me for an explanation of what is going on and why are Iraqis killing each other, I can’t see it as an innocent question anymore.
They believe something is wrong with our race, there must be, otherwise what?

This belief somehow authorise them to think, decide and execute on our behalf.
Otherwise how do we explain An Iraqi Study Group with no Iraqi in it?
And if we skip that how come there is no military official involved in this group? Isn’t it about a country that is soaking with blood? Let alone having more than 150,000 foreign troops in there?

So we are waiting for a decision of yet another arrogant bunch of politicians to decide on how to save face or overcome the irreversible damage they caused.

And they will definitely come up with the same conclusions of how great their policy was and how difficult it was to implement it in a depraved and un-compromising society.

Why the Americans and the British have to train our police and army forces?
Our army was established in the twenties of the last century. Those two forces have to have ethics before fighting skills, our own ethics to be precise.

Why the current government is completely chained and thumbed down?

When I ask my family and friends back home whether it is better for the foreign troops to leave us alone, I find their answers more confusing. They became accustomed to the fear they know and cannot take another shock.

Writing all this really hurts me and hurt all Iraqis.
My posts and a lot of the others are becoming like obituaries, let alone some which are sinking unintentionally in the sectarian drain.

Once there was love, once there was hope and once there were memories.
Now there is nothing, and if there will come a day when this nightmare is over, I am sure no one will want to remember.

There will be no remembrance day for us.

20 Comments:

  • My sympathies to you Hala. What you say is true, yet I cannot believe that the situation in Iraq will continue to be like this forever. Look at Lebanon. They had a similar bloody civil war and yet they are at peace today. Iraqis have to be given a chance to sort things out for themselves, without foreigners running the show. It's the only way, in the end.

    By Blogger Bruno, at 6:07 am  

  • i brought up the lebanon example to her the other day.
    or how they carved up syria along sectarian lines and she got put back together again.

    and then people say "oh iraq ALways had these problems" like they know what they are talking about. even people from arab countries i hear starting to talk like this.

    i've read so many stories like this, yugoslavia, india/pakistan, whathaveyou, where people said, 'we lived on the same street together for decades and never thought about religion' months before they went through hell. the fact is that this can happen anywhere, and it has.
    then in lebanon people always thought about religion and now she's put back together and beautiful.

    either way to hell with them.

    By Blogger nadia n, at 7:19 am  

  • Hala
    I share your exact feelings of anger and frustration at the injustices around us, it is true that many nations may have been through this once before, but it is different when you go through it yourself.
    I disagree that there will be no remembrance, times change, previously there were monuments erected and lists of names carved on stone, but these have always been selective for those dying doing the work of glorious leaders.
    And now we have monuments for those killed by previous glorious leaders.
    But for decades ordinary Iraqis died slowly and silently without anyone realising it, for decades the children became weak and the elderly crumbled, and every now and then the planes would hover over and pick out some human target practice in "self defence". None of this was ever documented these people remained without names.
    And now everyone is a target for everyone else, teachers and students, doctors and patients, bakers and shoppers, indiscriminate and uncontrolled, friends, relatives, and neighbours who are being murdered in lieu of Europeans / Americans / Israelis who may have been targeted had the "war on terror" been carried out elsewhere.
    It will pass, situations will change, the country may never be the same again, but we the survivors will not forget, people like yourself, and others are documenting these events, naming the victims, the obituaries are videos, we the survivors must constantly remind everyone of what was done to us.
    The point of having remembrance days / monuments is not only to honour those who lost their lives, it should also act as a deterrent from repeating the folly of war once more, sadly mankind still seems unable to grasp this.

    By Anonymous Magda, at 8:40 pm  

  • "They believe something is wrong with our race, there must be, otherwise what?"

    Unfortunately the reality now is that every person from ME is seen as a potencial terrorist. The western media and politicians were very effective costructing this link. Today everything that happens in ME is because middle easterns are crazy terrorists, even if the fact is similar to an western occurrence.
    In fact it's a very commom pratice throughout history. If you want to destroy a person or a group for your own interest, just link them to a very fearsome, obscure and bizarre thing. If the target is a woman, it's easy. If it belongs to another race, it's far more easier. Then everyone will get scared and angry and support their destruction. It's a very effective method because once this kind of idea is in people's heads, their racional thinking turns off, and all they see is a bogeyman that must be killed. And who kills, get the spoil...

    By Anonymous anton, at 10:44 pm  

  • "There will be no remembrance day for us"

    Of course there won't be any. Our own politicians don't give a damn about us and our people feel sad only for those who are affiliated to their sects.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:06 am  

  • This belief somehow authorise them to think, decide and execute on our behalf.
    Otherwise how do we explain An Iraqi Study Group with no Iraqi in it?


    Hala, The Iraqi Study Group is not for Iraqis, it is for finding an exit strategy, nothing more, nothing less. This study group is about the politics of the issue. The military is an execution tool and not planning tool.

    The situation in Iraq since 2003 is: The social structure in Iraq has fallen. There are groups from outside and inside Iraq killing anyone sighted as a hope for education, military, poilitics, social affairs...etc whom can be good for the country. These groups learned very nice lesson from Saddam, by putting fear, no one dare to do anything but hide and eat! The situation now in Iraq is a government consists of "used to be opposition political parties leaders". Those leaders suddenly has been given Iraq to them by a foreign force on a rusty golden plate and they have been asked to clean it. They don't know how, and to the contrary they started scratching the plate more and more, causing damage more and more intentionally by some and unintentionally by others. The result: the plate and the gold (the people is the gold, not oil) are falling by the day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 am  

  • Regarding Rememberence Day: Since when an Arab country (including Iraq) valued its citizens??? this is what Rememberance day all about, to show that a government values its citizens

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 am  

  • “I cannot stop myself from thinking that the prosperity and stability in here were only accomplished because countries like ours live in hell.”- Again, Amen to that Hala!

    “So we are waiting for a decision of yet another arrogant bunch of politicians to decide on how to save face or overcome the irreversible damage they caused.” –That’s exactly what it is; a face saving act so they can say ‘they tried’…They broke it and ‘tried’ to fix it…! In reality, they broke it so it could never be fixed. So we would always be at the mercy of a stronger foreign power!

    By Blogger ZZ, at 5:00 pm  

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    By Blogger nadia n, at 5:20 pm  

  • this is what Rememberance day all about, to show that a government values its citizens

    uh, it values them how? it values their contribution to war, or their lives or what?

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.


    or to keep resolve to fight our 'enemies' forever and avenge our ancestors?

    that reminds me.

    http://www.ppu.org.uk/poppy/new/index_frame.html

    By Blogger nadia n, at 6:27 pm  

  • nadia, without discussing war and cause of this war. These are soldiers who fought for their country, these soldiers were/are citizens of that country, and the government of that country, any country, values its citizens for their serivices and sacrifices they gave for the country.

    This is what I mean.

    On the same day, rememberance day, four soldiers were killed in Basra. I was watching Sky news. It was like a funeral on that channel: no music background in between news bulletins, presentators were showing the grim face...etc it might not have something with the subject we are discussing but I call this appreciate the services and sacrifices citizens/soldiers of that country gave to their country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 pm  

  • well you said since when has an arab country valued its citizens in this way? if you mean valuing them in the sense of using their deaths as war propaganda, i think quite a few arab countries do that.

    By Blogger nadia n, at 9:34 pm  

  • I don't think of any Arab country did value its citizens (dead or a live) because not a single country would do 1% of what western countries does when they loose one of its citizens, either kidnapped, lost during a mission, or a visit to a particular country and got injured.
    The whole world turn upside down, media just become occupied with that single news, and ambassy in that country becomes a centre for different sorts of delegations of all kinds, just for that particular citizen.
    That citizen can be a national hero suddenly and books written about his heoric actions
    Did you hear somehting like that in any arab country? In Arab country they are still debating whether a great writer like Najib Mahfooth deserves Nobel prize or not!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 am  

  • Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia did not have any colonies, they were colonized.
    Do they they have stability and prosperity because your countries are living in hell? Did they colonized you? Are they living off you.
    Your broad accusation are rather funny.
    You tried to colonize Europe.......remember battle in vienna were ottoman empire lost?
    Bulgaria, where muslims colonized bulgarians, Hungary being under your rule, Russia under tatars, Greece who had whole country subservient to islamic empire.
    But you don't remember that and think that now it is different because you suffer.
    Africa where people have familly of 10 compared to familly of 2 in Europe. Africa where the food is not sent to the west because they grow no food.
    Do Chinese complain, they do not, they got up and hating the west and Muslims (they were also colonized by muslims) deal with everybody and grow.
    Soon, when the west is weaker you will have to deal with Chinese. You will not like it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 am  

  • uh anonymous she's not turkish you genius and african nations have a lot of oil and gold and diamonds that are exploited while "our" corporations support one side of a bloody civil conflict to guarantee their security. really all your examples are terrible.

    By Blogger nadia n, at 9:27 pm  

  • anon
    A lot of fruits in here come from south africa and the ivory cost (Pineapples,bananas,grapes,mangos),pulses from Kenya, the best potatoes from Egypt, cocao from west Africa, shrimps and prawns from the west cost as well. For your information super-market sharks in here own some of these planatations or they sub-let them to control the wages. Zimbabwi is a good example for you.
    Even flowers are imported from there. And of course the other things as nadia-n mentioned.
    The Queen's crown has the best collection of diamonds in the world. I wonder where she got them from? probably Slovakia or the czech republic what do you think anon??

    By Blogger hala_s, at 3:21 pm  

  • Dear HalaS,

    from the language used the 'anonymous 1:47 AM' is the ignorant pro-American 'ella', Lincoln Group, a Polish woman living in Toronto (so she says).

    She just hates all Muslims.

    No need to pay her any attention...

    By Anonymous An Italian., at 12:51 am  

  • This post explain better than any other discourse why Arabs are on the bottom of the world in every field (science research, human rights, social development...).
    Because they blame on others their lacks and faults. So instead of analize their mistakes in their culture, mentality, religion they blame all on the zionist conspiration, Amerikia and childish inventions.
    You wrote :"I cannot stop myself from thinking that the prosperity and stability in here were only accomplished because countries like ours live in hell. They initiate wars to get cheaper fuel for themselves, they starve Africa to get better food and they incite hatred to cause civil wars and find markets for their filthy arms business."

    This is a great exaggeration. Africa is more richer in resources than Europe, and the middle east could be very rich thanks to oil production. The true motivation of the starvation in Africa and the backwardness of middle east are the local governments, unable (and unwilling) to distribute richness among the piopulation. They take your thesis as a cover in order to escape responsability. A lot of countries have been colonized by foreign nations, but they have recovered. The (neo)colonization is only an excuse made by many corrupted tyrants to cover themselves.
    Regard rememberings, every nation remember its own heroes, fallen soldiers for its own; in the future it must be your future Iraqi government to create a day of remembrance for your victims.

    And to the narrow minded bigoted who sign himself as "an italian" with the link to Lyndie England, I suggest to change its nickname into something as "a no-global Italian".

    By Anonymous an Italian, at 12:50 am  

  • Let's paint this on every wall.

    Revenge is the fuel for the fires of Hell
    thus Satan fears forgiveness
    because grace not only quells his flames
    it weakens his dominion

    By Anonymous Through Gracepeace, at 3:56 am  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:44 am  

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