Saturday, June 16, 2007

Most Sectarian Blog Ever - Revisited

Following on from The Kid declaring The Shaqawa to be 'The Most Sectarian Blog Ever' it is time to revisit this award in light of the last blog I reviewed.

Having written a positive post about Layla Anwar's blog An Arab Woman Blues it is time for some balance. When I reviewed her blog for the previous post I just read through a couple of posts and thought "she has issues but that's OK." Then I wondered ... this blog has been going on for a year now why on earth has no other IraqBlogCount member picked it up.

A short scan through her archive and I realized... Layla Anwar represents a part of Iraqi society that most ordinary Iraqi's would rather block out or pass on as not Iraqi. Her blog blatantly and crudely embodies the fanatical pro-Saddam sect that dogged the existence of nearly every Iraqi with ties to their country. And sectarian she is. You see, during the thirty years of Saddam's reign he built around his personality cult his own sect just as fanatical as any Shia or Sunni extremists that makes life in Baghdad hell for ordinary Iraqis.

What interests me is that our two most-sectarian bloggers have much more in common than they would like to admit.

A reverential love for their sect leader....

Here Layla is writing to Saddam:
I will address you as Saddam Hussein, Sir.
Even though I still consider you to be the legitimate President of Iraq, allow me not to use any formalities here. Let us forget titles , ranks and the rest . ... I don't care what they say about You . The misuses and abuses of power, the Dujails, the Anfals and the rest of the well knitted pieces of grossly exaggerated melodramas. I know one Truth Sir,You stayed in Iraq and did not run away like the rest.
And here is Shaqawa writing about Hakim:
Hakim is of course the leader of SIIC, the largest group of the largest list in parliament. So he is very powerful. He is the son of the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohsen al-Hakim, who was the most important leader of the Shi’a before Sayyid Abul-Qasim al-Khoei and Sayyid Ali al-Sistani. ... Of course there are so many sad stories in Iraq. Hakim getting sick is just one thing out of very many... I think there are some very good things about Hakim and also if Hakim is not acting as a leader for Iraq because of his health, it is bad for the Iraqi people
A pathological hatred of the opposition...

Tawafuq MP Adnan al-Dulaimi ... this son of a bitch is suspected of crimes far beyond his most visible criminal act of wearing a stupid hat.
Seems that the man in black, the turbaned, psychotic, farce called Muqtada al Sadr has returned as the Savior of Iraq.
And the irony that both bloggers do not consider themselves Sectarian. Layla talks proudly of her Shia roots while Shaqawa will write of his objectivity.

But, the real question is who wins. Well, after Layla's fawning letter to Saddam and labelling of Basra as an Iranian enclave; I am sorry Shaqawa you are going to have to hand over your award!


#6/16/2007 08:27:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger A&Eiraqi

So, Is it the way to show how fragmented we're or to bring the civil war to the blog count.
I really admire that Layla Anwar defends women issues which we all have to do, but do we need to escalate the sectarian problem.
Sadam was horrible and what protects him now is the donkies who are in power nowadays as the faild completely.
Maybe the matter is that all those who faild to get any respectable job in the western world, they came back saying we're here to liberate the country, the best example is the stupid Ibrahim Al-Jaafari who was living on the fifth he earns from people and he vought his house by this way.

Back to the bloggers ; Shaqawa has already announced his war on Kid, I'm sure Kid won't mind to reply.

I think we all have to respect the sufferance of our people back home before and after the invasion, ignorance will never help us, the secteian attitude will bring nothing but more pain and sorrow.

We have to wake up, now or never

#6/16/2007 10:27:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger dgfdsgdsgds

Salam, can you add Mohammed's new blog at:

#6/18/2007 12:28:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Iraqi Mojo

Layla Anwar used to attack me on Angry Arab all the time, calling me a traitor and many other things. Layla is feisty.

#6/18/2007 02:43:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Salam Adil

A&E, I disagree, there is no civil war here. I neither criticised Layla's reverence for Saddam or Shaqawa's respect for Hakim. What I did was highlight their obvious contrast between reverence of one side and deep hatred of the other.

This dichotomy is the essence of sectarianism. The complete inability to see bad in those you support and good in those you oppose.

Another part of sectarianism is to not see the illogic in ones arguments. Take Layla's ardent feminism and her reverence of Saddam. Saddam's first act after coming into power was to overturn laws that gave Iraqi women equal rights. And, more recently, Saddam legitimised honour killings and allowed men to marry several wives. None of which advances the feminist cause.

#6/24/2007 11:44:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger programmer craig

OK, I am not Iraqi, but I think Shaqawa has to keep the award. Look at this:

Tawafuq MP Adnan al-Dulaimi ... this son of a bitch is suspected of crimes far beyond his most visible criminal act of wearing a stupid hat.

That is some funny shit, man. I've read that three times. Once on Jeffrey's blog, once on Shaqawa's blog, and then again just now. I was laughing out loud all three times. Kid is funny too but this guy Shaqawa... Iraqis should be proud of him.

Then look at this Layla person:

Basrah has now become a complete Persian enclave run by Shi'as whose allegiance are to their Mother country the Safavid chauvinistic Iran of the Mullahs.

She has the sense of humor of a Palestinian. Do you really want to give an Iraqi award to a person who is so boring?

#7/26/2007 04:49:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger yoyoyo

Congratulations for Layla, She earned it, but there has to be more than just the moral meaning of the award, something that remains, like making a badge for her sectarian reward and make all bloggers pin it to their blogs, of course without a link to her blog :D ,, hehe.


#7/30/2007 07:56:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

I don't think anything could be more absurd.

#8/11/2007 12:39:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Hey stop being are as ignorant as the Americans ruining Iraq....If you read Layla Anwar's blog carefully, you will realise she despises sectarian don't go shooting your mouth off if you are not aware of something.
Saddam Hussein was not never had those issues when he was around....he allowed men to have several wives because the US backed war on Iran had produced far too many widowes....And how dare you people talk about feminism and women's happen to be the biggest producer of porn....hahaha....ironic the world drop atomic bomb on japan killing 200 000 people ....and you have the cheek to ask them to apologise for keeping comfort women in conquered Asian God think this is a matrix don't you....where the rest of the world has lost the ability to reason and make decisions for themselves cause mighty USA is always around to push and intimidate , in my eyes are the biggest terrorists , bullying powerless countries to steal their oil....why don't you people choose a clever leader for a change ?somebody with brains for a change...somebody like Roosevelt...that was a man the world could trust......Do me a favour.....PUBLISH THIS COMMENT
I want the people to read this

#8/11/2007 12:44:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Now you are encouraging sectarianism at blog level?
Go have your head checked!
Layla presents events as the Iraqis view it....
She doesn't like occupiers in her country bombing the life out of it ....and stealing the oil along the way....and they have the cheek to call it a liberation....hahaha...Not everyone is as retarded as the Bush administration...or as stupid as Osama and Alqeada

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