Saturday, August 14, 2004

America, Najaf, Mom and other things...

it seems that American goverments, are masters in creating enemies, not only around the world, but also inside every country they "liberate", in a year and a half, this american adminstration managed to get ammounts of hate and anger towards America, more than all the past adminstration all together did in the last 50 years inspite of their foolish policy in the ME, still, this admestration, created in a year and a half, more enimies, more anit-American people, that there was ever there.
I keep wondering, is there gonna be a day where the American administration, any administration, will try to understand what Iraqi people want? Will there be a day when they wont think that Iraqis are fools, and that they can play all their games without getting caught? I bet that every single one who makes the decisions there in the white house, have never met an Iraqi person in his life, well except Al-chalaby and Allawi probably.
when the occupation came in, all these people, the masses, who are called almahdi army now, didn't do anything! And now they are ready to fight not only the Americans, but the whole Iraqi army and police force too, they are ready to die, and to see their city destroyed, just to get red of the occupation, why?
when the occupation came in, no one in Falluja, raised his RPG, but after one year, they made the most terrifying trap that the American forces trapped in, and they exhausted the whole American force to the point that the American army agreed on pulling back their forces, under a stupid condition of handling weapons, where the people of Falluja gave eighty something RPG, most of them broken, that number equals what some kids in the streets have.
but sure, after killing the largest number of Iraqis they could kill, they followed the same Saddam policy: if he doesn't agree with you, kill him before he makes more problem, then show how sorry you are.
and now, as river bend puts it, de ja vu, another falluja in the south, and as she said, after 20 years from now, who will be responsible for the mass graves that will be found? and the same thing is happening in Samarra, Kut, Amara and other cities too, why?
one bright thing, that slatering, and mass killing for civilians, created some kind of Sunna Shea unity, the community of Sunni Muslims are collecting money and aid to people of Najaf, as a way to help reduce the suffer of civilians, the same thing happened during the Falluja disaster, Shea in Najaf collected all kinds of aid and sent it to Falluja, unity is one of our greatest weapon against the occupation.
we were happy, that water and electricity dramatically improved in the last few days, till we discovered that Allawi government is following Saddam's policy again, step by step, by implementing mass punishment on the Shea areas in Alsadr city and other Shes places in Baghdad, besides Najaf, that's why we had a bigger share of water and electricity.
Riverbend is blogging again, check her site.
on the personel manner, mom survived an armed hijacking accident, fortunately, thank God, they didn't kill her, they just took her car, purse, mobile phone, some cash, and few other things, mom is ok, she is recovered psychologically from the accident that happened the day before yesterday, she is getting back to her life.
at the point she saw these men coming off their cars carrying MP5 automatic machine guns, she thought that they were there to assassinate her (she has been involved in anti-occupation activities through women organizations) and it was a relief to know that they want the car, "only".
hamdilla assalama mom! (thank God for your safety) :))
the government pulled all the Iraqi police out of Baghdad, to use them to fight the shea in Najaf, allowing criminals to do whatever they like in Baghdad.
as we reached the police station, and when they knew what happened, one of the policemen put something in my hand, that it turned to be a car key, and then he swared two millions times that I will have to take his personel car to use it until we find our car, he insisted to the point that all my refuses didn't work, I thanked him a lot, but I didn't take his car of course, who garanties that this one wont be hijacked too?
the good hearts of Iraqi people, is there any other place in the world you can find like them?
dad had to leave to Jordan yesterday in a business trip, now I am in charge, I distributed the weapons we have in deferent places of the house, drawing a sinario for deferent plans could be used to attack our house, and plans to fight back, when they took mom's purse, it had her IDs, visit card, and money in $US, which is the worse part, its an indicator that this family may have more, we expect them to attack again, probably try to kidnap one of us, that's the best way to take money from anyone now, God protect us, we trust him, pray for us.
in this situation of security mess, if you shoot a thief that was trying to steal your house, if you shoot him in the leg while he is inside your house, his tribe would come and demand to give them money or otherwise they would kill you or destroy your house, or they sometimes chose to revenge only, without asking for money, therefore, its clear for me, that under any kind of attack, SHOOT TO KILL, shot directly in the head, no mercy. Once they have a reason to revenge from you, no one, NO ONE, not the stupid government that cant protect its own members, not the police, not the army, no one can protect you, those are well armed thugs, who control big neighbors, under the situation we live in, even the most peaceful people like myself, can kill in cold blood to protect their families.
Its not a horrible word anymore, we have seen thousands and thousands of dead people, people torn into peaces, arms and legs thrown everywhere, blood covering the ground, all side by side with the sound of American machines, tanks and helicopters, every time.
what does death mean to you? a clean body wearing the best clothes in a perfumed coffen? zzzzz, wrong, think again, Want to see how is it really like? Want it to be an easy thing to happen? Just don't join the American club, by not joining, you will sure see a lot of that...


#8/14/2004 04:40:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger julieann

Khalid: sighs of relief to hear that your mother is fine despite the attack.

#8/14/2004 06:59:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

What kind of government do you want?

Do you want Muqtada Al-Sadr to be your supreme leader?

I cannot tell from your writing what you want, other than security.

#8/14/2004 09:37:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

It's such a pity that the death and suffering of iraqis at this scale receive almost zero coverge in the so-called mainstream US media. Death of iraqis is nothing more than a figure manipulated and shown by the US to demonstrate its "determination and resolve to crush the outlaws". Let's hope the crime committed by the American military be exposed to daylight and receive due justice.

#8/14/2004 10:14:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger ihath

I read your mom's blog. She is so lucky to have such a supportive son by her side. I only hope that when my son grows up that he will be a fine young man like you.

#8/15/2004 12:12:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger madtom


Well from what I see, you are betting on a dead horse.
You are assuming that people will always choose sides based only on religion or something. Can it really be possible that all the Iraqis can be so easily pigeon holed? If this is true then Iraq will be easier to control than anyone believed.
The terrorist are not the only ones that can use this divide and conquer strategy, but it is all so simplistic as to not be believable.
I believe that our much more complex ideas will be much more appealing to the masses, it's the unite and encourage freedom strategy. This has been used in the past with great success, and there is no reason to think that it can't work again in Iraq. I will be casting my lot with the proven system that automatically provides for sustained growth at a steady rate. I belive that you are the one selling the Iraqis short.


#8/15/2004 04:18:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Nimrud

Thank God! il-7amdilla 3ala il-salama ya khalid, salemli 3ala khala Faiza (3amti ham isemha Faiza!) and please stay safe (I don't know how to do that in Iraq, but try anyhow). il kha6er allah lit wage3 galbi!

#8/15/2004 04:33:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Nimrud

I've just read your mom's post. All I can say is al7amdulillah ou barak allah b-hichi insaan 6ayeb ibn khair. God bless you khalid and God bless your family. I love you all.

#8/15/2004 01:01:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Fayrouz


I'm glad they didn't hurt Faiza. That's more important than anything else.

Yes, she's lucky to have you around her during these hard times.

Stay safe you and your family.

#8/15/2004 05:29:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger F. in Amsterdam

So glad to hear that your mom is all right, Khalid. She has many well-wishers, even among us imperialist stooges.

Keep an eye out for trouble, and don't shoot the milkman :)

#8/15/2004 08:58:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

"masters in creating enemies"

It seems on the contrary that certain cultures and
are masters at creating hate for others. So if the USA is hated by some, is not the problem with those doing the hating not those who are being hated.

"in a year and a half, this american adminstration managed to get ammounts of hate and anger towards America"

We now know that Madrid bombing was planned *before 9/11 happened* and that 9/11 was planned *in 1996*.
And Zarqawi, the leader of 1000 terrorists in Iraq today, was a terrorist 12 years ago.

Wake up and quit pretending US enemies were invented yesterday. If young Iraqis choose to sympathize with bombers of churches and shrines and killers of Iraqi police instead of working to build democracy and freedom, the fault is not with the US but with them and their fellow Iraqi citizens.

Sistani has urged calm and peace, why not follow his wise advice? If Iraq was calm and peaceful US forces would gladly leave policing of Iraq 100% to Iraqis - we can't wait for it to happen, but we won't leave Iraq to the anarchists and terrorists (or do you want them to win?)

"I keep wondering, is there gonna be a day where the American administration, any administration, will try to understand what Iraqi people want?"

You have a conference this weekend. Decide what you want, and then in peace and unity make it your future.

"I bet that every single one who makes the decisions there in the white house, have never met an Iraqi person in his life, well except Al-chalaby and Allawi probably."

I bet you never saw the video of the 7 iraqis whose hands were cut off meeting Bush on May 25th.
Good hands You never saw when Bush met with women leaders from Iraq
and met with other council members like Adnan Pachachi

You never saw that many other Iraqis, not just one or two, have come to America to meet Bush and others.
And of course, when Bush went to Baghdad himself last Thanksgiving, me met briefly with IGC members.
Folks like Powell and Armitage and DoD members like Wolfowitz have visited many places and people in Iraq.

#8/16/2004 01:24:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger praktike

Stay safe, Khalid. I'm sorry about your mother.

#8/16/2004 11:57:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Patrick -- You paint a pretty picture of the majority of Iraqis wanting to be a US client state, and wanting the American puppets imposed on the country.

Fact is however, that over 80% of iraqis according to the last verifiable poll I saw, the MSNbC Grim Numbers poll, want the Americans out. Fact is, even Shias who celebrated the fall of Saddam, and welcomed the US as liberators ... have realised the true face of their liberator ... and yes, it has horns. Fact is, that stupid Coalition argument of "stop fighting and we will leave" is a pathetic attempt to justify continued occupation.

"Stop fighting and they will never leave" is the truth.



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