4 Δεκ 2006


Abstracts taken from the blog Baghdad Burning, by Riverbend
Without any comments... (what could one possibly say?)

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend... (blog's motto)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

When All Else Fails...

Execute the dictator. It’s that simple. When American troops are being killed by the dozen, when the country you are occupying is threatening to break up into smaller countries, when you have militias and death squads roaming the streets and you’ve put a group of Mullahs in power- execute the dictator.

The timing is ridiculous- immediately before the congressional elections? How very convenient for Bush. Iraq, today, is at its very worst since the invasion and the beginning occupation. April 2003 is looking like a honeymoon month today. Is it really the time to execute Saddam?

Iraq saw demonstrations against and for the verdict. The pro-Saddam demonstrators were attacked by the Iraqi army. This is how free our media is today: the channels that were showing the pro-Saddam demonstrations have been shut down. Iraqi security forces promptly raided them.Welcome to the new Iraq.

Zawra channel. The subtitle says: Baghdad: Zawra satellite channel has stopped broadcasting by order of the government.

Salahiddin channel

Sharqiya channel announcing breaking news: Two channels, Salahiddin and Zawra, shut down. Security forces raid the offices of the channels.

I just read somewhere that some of the families of dead American soldiers are visiting the Iraqi north to see ‘what their sons and daughters died for’. If that’s the goal of the visit, then, “Ladies and gentlemen- to your right is the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, to your left is the Dawry refinery… Each of you get this, a gift bag containing a 3 by 3 color poster of Al Sayid Muqtada Al Sadr (Long May He Live And Prosper), an Ayatollah Sistani t-shirt and a map of Iran, to scale, redrawn with the Islamic Republic of South Iraq.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The Lancet Study...

The latest horror is the study published in the Lancet Journal concluding that over 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the war. Reading about it left me with mixed feelings.

We literally do not know a single Iraqi family that has not seen the violent death of a first or second-degree relative these last three years. Abductions, militias, sectarian violence, revenge killings, assassinations, car-bombs, suicide bombers, American military strikes, Iraqi military raids, death squads, extremists, armed robberies, executions, detentions, secret prisons, torture, mysterious weapons – with so many different ways to die, is the number so far fetched?

There are Iraqi women who have not shed their black mourning robes since 2003 because each time the end of the proper mourning period comes around, some other relative dies and the countdown begins once again.

Saturday, August 05, 2006
Summer of Goodbyes...

Residents of Baghdad are systematically being pushed out of the city. Some families are waking up to find a Klashnikov bullet and a letter in an envelope with the words “Leave your area or else.” The culprits behind these attacks and threats are Sadr’s followers- Mahdi Army.
For me, June marked the first month I don’t dare leave the house without a hijab, or headscarf.
I look at my older clothes- the jeans and t-shirts and colorful skirts- and it’s like I’m studying a wardrobe from another country, another lifetime.
I’ve said goodbye this last month to more people than I can count.

4 σχόλια:

Oneiros είπε...

Δες κι αυτό το κόμικ, ενοχλητικά ρεαλιστικό...

Ανώνυμος είπε...

Call another conference, write another song
Deliver another ton of rice and hope it gets where it belongs
And rival teams of bandits are really the only choice
Even if the people had their bellies filled, even if the people had a voice

And meanwhile, lovers are caught in the crossfire
Children are caught in the barbed wire
Military sinks in the mire
Let me show it to you

Is there only sorrow, only sorrow in Cambodia?
Is there no tomorrow, no tomorrow in Cambodia?
Still we'll try and feed you, try and show to you
People of Kampuchea, Kampuchea, Cambodia
(Cambodia Joan Baez)
Άλλαξε το Cambodia με Iraq και τα υπόλοιπα μένουν ίδια. Κατά τα άλλα με τέτοια post βάζεις πολύ ψηλά τον πήχη του blogging

Μαύρος Γάτος είπε...

Καλησπέρα Όνειρε, καλησπέρα Lupa

105 λεπτά για το φονικό του Αγρινίου, 225 λεπτά για το γάμο της τάδε,

δεκαπέντε δευτερόλεπτα για τη νέα εκατόμβη στο Ιράκ με τους δεκάδες νεκρούς.

Αυτή είναι η ενημέρωσή μας....

Μαύρος Γάτος είπε...

Όνειρε, μόλις το διάβασα το "κόμικ", μονορούφι. Συγκλονιστικό.

Κι όμως, πολύ φοβάμαι ότι η πραγματικότητα θαείναι ακόμα χειρότερη από αυτό...