Girlblog from Iraq - IV
... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
This has been the longest time I have been
away from blogging. There were several reasons for my
disappearance the major one being the fact that every time I felt the urge to
It's very difficult at this point to
connect to the internet and try to read the articles written by so-called
specialists and analysts and politicians. They write about and discuss
The latest horror is the study published in
the Lancet Journal concluding that over 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since
The responses were typical- war supporters said the number was nonsense because, of course, who would want to admit that an action they so heartily supported led to the deaths of 600,000 people (even if they were just crazy Iraqis…)? Admitting a number like that would be the equivalent of admitting they had endorsed, say, a tsunami, or an earthquake with a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale, or the occupation of a developing country by a ruthless superpower… oh wait- that one actually happened. Is the number really that preposterous? Thousands of Iraqis are dying every month- that is undeniable. And yes, they are dying as a direct result of the war and occupation (very few of them are actually dying of bliss, as war-supporters and Puppets would have you believe).
For American politicians and military personnel, playing dumb and talking about numbers of bodies in morgues and official statistics, etc, seems to be the latest tactic. But as any Iraqi knows, not every death is being reported. As for getting reliable numbers from the Ministry of Health or any other official Iraqi institution, that's about as probable as getting a coherent, grammatically correct sentence from George Bush- especially after the ministry was banned from giving out correct mortality numbers. So far, the only Iraqis I know pretending this number is outrageous are either out-of-touch Iraqis abroad who supported the war, or Iraqis inside of the country who are directly benefiting from the occupation ($) and likely living in the Green Zone.
The chaos and lack of proper facilities is
resulting in people being buried without a trip to the morgue or the hospital.
During American military attacks on cities like
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.
Let's pretend the 600,000+ number is all wrong and that the minimum is the correct number: nearly 400,000. Is that better? Prior to the war, the Bush administration kept claiming that Saddam killed 300,000 Iraqis over 24 years. After this latest report published in The Lancet, 300,000 is looking quite modest and tame. Congratulations Bush et al.
Everyone knows the 'official numbers' about Iraqi deaths as a direct result of the war and occupation are far less than reality (yes- even you war hawks know this, in your minuscule heart of hearts). This latest report is probably closer to the truth than anything that's been published yet. And what about American military deaths? When will someone do a study on the actual number of those? If the Bush administration is lying so vehemently about the number of dead Iraqis, one can only imagine the extent of lying about dead Americans…
Sunday, November 05, 2006When 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.
Sharqiya channel announcing breaking news: Two channels, Salahiddin and Zawra, shut down. Security forces raid the offices of the channels.
It’s not about the man- presidents come and go, governments
come and go. It’s the frustration of feeling like the whole country and every
single Iraqi inside and outside of Iraq is at the mercy of American politics.
It is the rage of feeling like a mere chess piece to be moved back and forth at
will. It is the aggravation of having a government so blind and uncaring about
their peoples needs that they don’t even feel like it’s necessary to go through
the motions or put up an act. And it's the deaths. The thousands of dead and
dying, with Bush sitting there smirking and lying about progress and winning in
a country where every single Iraqi outside of the Green Zone is losing.