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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Good Morning...
A few days ago, the International Economic Forum ended its meetings in the Dead Sea Area, by the attendance of 1200 international personages; governmental officials, business men, and non-governmental organizations, from Arabic and European countries, and of course, there were representatives of the American administration; the Congress, and other governmental sectors, then, Lora Bush, President's Bush wife.
I used to read the daily report of the conference, from various newspapers, to find out what was going on there…I could almost smell the same environments that prevailed in the Dead Sea Conference, which I attended with Iraqi women almost a month ago, about the female Leaderships, then we called it " the Brain-washing conference".
Every time we got closer, and heard more…the features of the American political and intellectual speech becomes clearer. I can see that there is some vision they want to impose upon us, compulsorily, and that is that.
Whether we argue or don't, whether we protest or don't, no body cares.
Carry out, and do not argue; it seems that this is their view of life, in their way of dealing with whatever party, all except Israel, of course, for it is pampered, and the American administration, with all its might, could not force one sentence upon her!
All our history here, in the middle east, among Arabic countries, and there is a conflict with Israel, we could almost see clearly the consecutive American administration's fear of clashing with Israel, but rather resort to flatter her, and gain its consent by more military and economic fundings, and we could not understand the real reason for this partiality…
Is there some principle in that subject? Or are there some fears of pressure, and the influence of a certain class?
The answer lies there, in America…and not with us.
*********************************The summery of the general American speech in the Arab region now is: we are sorry for our wrong policies in the region for 60 years, where we supported dictator governments, and now we want to help the people to change, like what happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine, where there were new elections, and a new constitution, and in Lebanon, the Syrian occupation will leave, and there will be new elections, and a new government shall come.
As for the women's rights; the women in Kuwait got the right of joining in the political process, and the women in Saudi Arabia shall get the right of driving cars. (This last sentence was added by me, to the great accomplishments because of the American pressures in our region). Thank GOD that in Iraq, we had the right of learning, working, and women's votes for tens of years now, but America couldn't but interfere, so, some American women's organizations came to Iraq after the war, and started opening files, like domestic violence, and violence against women, (they had to look around and interfere in a vicious way, for this seems to be a pleasure they can't live without).
Very well, this is the beautiful picture that the American administration is presenting, to explain its noble efforts to improve the conditions in the Arabic countries….they did not mention the other side of the story, I mean; our knowledge of the details, as nations living here, looking at the events in a different way…
The picture that the American administration is presenting, through different media channels could convince people in the west, those who live far off there, smiling, feeling satisfied and proud for having such noble governments, who want to help people stand up, and make a shinning future, one with freedom, democracy, and the other "crap" they are never tired of repeating, like rutted, old, boring records (lab…lab…lab…), that brings in a feeling of sickness, for containing so much lying, and truth forgery.
Here is the picture, as we see it ….Afghanistan was bombed by America, the regime there was toppled, by force, (it was a friendly regime once, used to hit at the Soviet Union, and other national forces on the afghani field. It was a backwards regime, which didn't represent any civilized picture of Islam and its intellect, and America knew that, but she chose it, and supported it, and when that regime accomplished what America wanted to accomplish, she turned the tables upon it, describing it as the worst regime, and used that to deform the picture of Islam in the west). All of us knew that it was a silly, extremist, Islam deforming regime, so, why did America choose it, and became so close to it??
These are dirty political games, where principals fall here, and benefits talk.
How can I trust a government guided by the notion of temporary, or continuous interests? Aren't these double-dealing governments, not worthy of respect, or trust?
Is someone hypocrite, fickle, and turning worthy of trust?
Then, the same game was played with Saddam Hussein; for he was a bloody tyrant since coming to power, and this was not hidden to anyone. He eliminated his moderate colleagues in the Party, he eliminated and pushed a side the leaderships of other national Iraqi parties, religious or communists, then, he waged the war against Iran, the traditional enemy of America since the fall of the Shah, and the formation of the Islamic republic. America supplied him with weapons, traditional and lethal chemicals, which he used against the Iranians, and the poor Kurds in Halabcha.
Who gave him those weapons?
We never heard such interesting stories in the western media….didn't they know about that?
Or did the interests at that time require overlooking the transgressions of the favorite allay?
Who supported Saddam Hussein and made him bigger, giving him superiority against us and our neighbors, until he became an aggressive monster, which no one can stop?
Didn't Ramisfeild meet with him many times, to arrange the sales of those weapons deals?
George Galloway said that a week ago, in front of the American Congress…but they do not like being reminded of their foul deeds…their tempers becomes spoiled.
People without principals…..without morals….without values…destroying countries and nations, then stand up to cry upon the freedoms of people, and their rights in democracy and liberation. Who destroyed our homeland, devastated Iraq, and led Saddam Hussein from one folly to another, if it wasn't for the encouragement of the American Administrations, who apologize now, admitting to supporting dictatorship regimes in the Arabic and Islamic worlds, for the past 60 years? ( And it is obvious that they mean Iraq and Afghanistan).
Shall we believe, and forgive? Is there someone to believe the viper snake, specialized in poisonous bites?
We have a saying that says: " No believer is to be bitten from the same hole twice…".
But we do have fools…who are continually bitten by the same snake…and never learn the lesson…
**********************************************Then, after the phase of supporting the dictatorship regimes, comes the phase of clashing with them, and slandering them, making them the enemy No 1…then, wars were waged, under various reasons.
We have a saying that says: (If you do not feel ashamed, do what you like), and that is exactly what the governments of the United States are doing to us….of what should they be afraid? Of whom shall they feel ashamed? Would there be any of our governments who will stand up and oppose her, GOD forbid?
Anyway, wars were waged, and regimes were toppled in Afghanistan and Iraq. And in Afghanistan, they brought an American Afghan who always wears a striped green mantel, smiling to the cameras, and speaks English…and enough…that is all we know about him.
We haven't heard yet about the reconstruction of poor Afghanistan and its people, there is no tangible economic or social development, and there are some talks in newspapers, now and then, about unemployment, hunger, and complaints, especially after the demonstrations and clashes there in protests against the issue of degrading the Holy Quran in Guantanamo prison….the western news papers said: Karazai is in an embarrassing situation in front of his people, in the shadow of a declining economic situation, unemployment, and the lack of something new to satisfy the people there, after the end of the war, and the toppling of the Taliban regime…
As for America, and those who represent her government, they keep shouting: Look at Afghanistan, its people fulfilled their dream, they had elections in the country, and a new constitution was put!
As for the rest of the details; the hunger, the unemployment, the poverty, well, they aren't important to be mentioned…
Is an election, and the writing of a new constitution a step towards achieving a better future? Or is it the beginning, and the end point?
That's it…the problems of Afghanistan ended, the pages of the past, present, and future were all folded… just that the poor people stood in line, and voted!
That's it…end of story…and they all lived happily ever after!
It seems that this is the case of fulfilling the hopes of nations, the American way.
************************************In Iraq, the case was more complicated...
They made up the story of the mass destruction weapons, and the threats to neighbors, (and I am not saying here that Saddam Hussein was an innocent lamb), but they made him their No. 1 enemy, and came along to hit him, parading their power to us, so, they destroyed all of Iraq, they didn't just remove Saddam from power, and that's all …but interfered with the fabric of the Iraqi society, ribbing it apart, dividing the people to sects and ethnics, and they caused them to fight among themselves, struggling for shares in the seats of reign… add to that the loss of stability and security in the country, armed gunmen from all colors and associations, explosions, violence, assassinations, and boundless chaos…and each faction has an agenda they want to achieve in Iraq…racing against time to gain as much privileges as possible.
The occupation forces reside in more than 100 military bases in Iraq, announcing that they will keep only 4 major central bases, (in the north, south, west, and middle of Iraq), in which there will be swift intervention forces, to keep up security. (Hooray, hooray, I can almost see how the future of Iraq will be with that, and how independent it will be).
The former opposition parties are fighting among themselves, so each could take as much as possible of the "homeland" cake, the ministries became ethnic and sectarian, (this is a Sunni ministry, most employees are Sunnies, that is a Shia'ats ministry, and so are the employees, and that is a Kurds ministry, and so are the employees). And so, the spirit of national unity was lost, the country was torn under greedy cravings, selfishness, and sectarians….the priorities were lost in the life of the government; like providing security to people, rebuilding the Army and Police Force, improving the economic situation, reducing the unemployment, and controlling the administrational corruption…
All these are hot, but suspended agendas….
There is some targeting to the Iraqi police and army...there are armed clashes between the occupation forces, and forces opposing the existence of occupation…
There are trapped cars targeting the civilians; the occupation forces and the new government say these are the actions of the resistance, while the resistance deny, declaring that these are the actions of someone who wants to defile our image. And the miserable Iraqi people are stunned, looking on, without knowing the truth from the lies.
There are some greedy, hungry investors, who have their eyes on Iraq, waiting for the end of violence, to attack, and start investing, gaining new, huge profits, form a new investment market, whereas most of the markets in the surrounding countries are inactive, almost a sleep.
The American government is playing to the tune of: A new Iraqi government which isn't strong, so it wouldn't become a dictatorship, an active, strong private sector to control the Iraqi market in the future, the oil investments are to be by private companies, not by the government, then, circulating the idea of the free economy; the importance of creating a suitable investing environment…etc…by the language of business men, (most of whom are thieves in truth, but with elegant titles, high-class cloths and appearances, but inside they are greedy, ugly monsters who can never be satisfied, enjoying sucking the blood of the poor).
This is the happy present in which Iraq lives, and the shinning future that awaits it….
And the American administration, when telling the story of Iraq in the media, briefs it by saying that the Iraqis went to the voting boxes, challenged terrorism, voted, and will write the new constitution…
…and, they lived happily ever after!
Of course….the details I talked about in Iraq and Afghanistan becomes trifles not worthy of talking about in public, in the media….according to the American view.
The question is: Are the elections and the constitution steps towards manufacturing a new society, and new concepts in everything, or merely lining, and putting ink on our fingers, to elect political lists who posses no public future work program?
Are these the democracy and freedom for which they destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan?
By GOD, this is a comedy…and a joke on the miserable nations.
No, not merely a joke on the miserable nations, but also on the western people, who are supposed to be more aware and more conscious from those crushed people.
But it seems that even the western people have a small faction who are opening their eyes, and protesting to what is happening…while the majority are in a deep sleep, or wouldn't care for what is happening….
Thus is the world today…. A small faction controlling the fate of millions and millions of people….and nobody can stop them on their tracks…. Why?
Perhaps because behind them stand some supporting groups, who posses fortunes and power….while the majority of people are poor and helpless…who only stand in lines on election days….then go home.
The rest of the mission would be finished by those groups of fortunes and power….those who decide the rest of the details.
For the people's role has ended…. They have elected!!!
Is this the western intellect in freedom and democracy, which they came to market here?
What a petty, phony, lying, and shallow intellect it is.
****************************************As for Palestine, and the elections there, well, that's a long story….
The American administration, as usual, finds it enough to brag that the people went to the election boxes, and voted!
The poor Palestinians are living a story of misery, torture, forced emigration, killing, and injustice, by a cruel occupier who knows no mercy… they have been dislodged from their original homeland to nearby countries, some are still living in camps, having no legal identifiable nationality papers,( in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt, for example, they carry traveling documents, so, it would be very difficult to issue Visas for them, or to recognize them, so, the circle of their lives remained strangled, and besieged, as if they committed a crime for which they deserve a life sentence).
Israel has a strong influence in the west, (with governments and the media), and in spite of its aggressiveness and transgressions against its neighbors, no one can confront or criticize her, but rather fear being accused of being anti-Semitic.
The resistance movement of the Palestinian people passed many stages, from armed resistance and military operations, to various and diverse Parties and organizations; leftists, nationalists, and religious…
A lot of their leaderships were eliminated by assassinations led by the various Israeli governments, (whether those leaders were inside Palestine, in an Arabic country, or in Europe); they weren't unable to reach them, and kill them…
Israel followed the Palestinians in Lebanon, and performed a mass killing campaign in the camps of Sabra and Shateela, after the invasion of Beirut 1982, and no one could convict Israel, or prosecute Sharon, the first accused in this crime.
But there was another tragedy for the Palestinians, and that is their clashing with each other, and the constant ideological conflicts; they couldn't agree to a least baseline of vision to the priorities…so, they were lost like orphans in a mean Man's banquet, as the saying goes, and their rights were lost.
They have old, decaying leaderships, party leaders who didn't change for tens of years…there is a knotty problem in not renewing the vision, or the ability to create new intellect, conscious of the time period, without lying down, and obeying orders…
But, it seems like there Is a lying- down-order-obeying tide that started to show its face in the field, publicly, lately…
Not only in the Palestinian field, but the Arabic in general. A tide that is trying to forge a peace with Israel, whatever the price, whatever the way.
They used to say: A just peace…the peace of the brave, a peace that would guarantee the rights of the Palestinians….etc…
But it seems that that also could not be achieved…no justice, no rights, no crap…
So, that leaves only one choice: the peace of lying on the ground, and agreeing to all the conditions of the other party… without discussing any rights, like the right to return home, or talking about conditions like evacuating the settlements…
So, the Palestinian's ambition now is to get small, poor Gaza, and a small part of the west bank, on which to build the great country they always dreamt of!
And do not talk about the rest of the lands, nor the rest of the rights, it is forbidden!
Oh, well…
The Arab people always hear, in the brave speeches of their governments, that they will not give up the land of Palestine, (the governments who became extinct, and those who are still around).
Then, those governments, and after the catastrophes that befell the region; wars, failures, disappointments, and the lack of a world wide support of the Arabic vision, for many reasons, including of course, the Arabic foolishness in not being able to present themselves to the others in a way to convince them to listen…and under the pressures of the present American administration towards the Arabic governments after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, (fresh frightening samples, as if telling the governments here: this should be your fate if you wouldn't listen to advice!), those poor governments started running to present the consent and approval to the American vision.
But there is a problem; the Arabic people are living in another world….who will convince these people that what is happening is logical, just, beautiful, and elegant…and that a history full of conflict, violence, killings, and injustice against the Palestinians could be ignored, and forgotten, just like that, by the clap of two fingers!
That is the dilemma now…
How will the American administration solve it, in collaboration with the Arabic governments??
How will they justify their transition from governments who lived to fulfill the Arabic dream of returning the rightful property to its owners, and not to abandon the Palestinian people's rights, and an endless…lab…lab…lab…of big, great promises…….
Hummmm….we are all watching…and waiting…
How will they get out of this whirl pool??
As for America, its speech is: Look at the victory achieved by the Palestinian people, they went to the election boxes, and voted.
This is a model of the people who fulfilled their dreams, and will!!
Who is the fool, I wonder?
The one issuing these speeches?
Or the one who listens to them, and believes them?
A question that puzzled me always..............
Translated by May/Baghdad.

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