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2004.12.11

Semi government

An email from my friend Haider, to whom I first introduced you here:

Greetings,

I just read this editorial in the December 11th edition of the Iraqi Newspaper “Alsabah” written in English by an Iraqi. (Please pardon some of the grammar) the message however is unmistakable.

Iraqi Editorial ”Semi government”

By: Muhammed Abdul Jabbar

“Help team or foreign help team has deviated from consensus of Islamic teams in terms of the importance of Imams or government. It said that the society has no need for a government. Of course, this idea is not encouraged by large numbers of scholars and it was kept in religious community books.

Nowadays, it seems that there are a large number of people who support this idea likely to be approved. In Iraq we has a semi government or may be less, however, Iraq is good and Iraqi people is good, let alone the crisis of electricity, oil , benzene, gas , transport , unemployment and terrorism!

Iraqis sleep, awaken, stay in their houses or go to jobs, go to mosques, hear news, read newspapers and they live in half government.

However, no civil war erupted, nor division for Iraqis occurred and there is a reasonable rate of commitments in general system. Life is Iraq is monotonous, however, we live in semi government or may be less than that.

Sheikh Ghazi al Yawar the Iraqi President paid an official visit to the United States.

Dr. Iyad Allawi the Iraqi Premier paid an official visit to Syria currently.

Moreover, around 16 Iraqi ministers are now abroad, including Ayham al- Samaree the minister of electricity, Thamir al- Ghadban the minister of oil, Qassim Dawood the state minister for national security affairs , Hazim al Sh'laan the minister of defense .

Yet, this phenomenon has two positive indications; God willing:

The 1st indicates that the government, at least, is active in terms of enhancing Iraq's foreign ties, which means also that Iraq resumes its presence in the international community after a period of isolation during the toppled regime rule.

The 2nd indicates that life does not run by direct authority that necessitates presence of all officials at one time . Keep in mind that Saddam Hussein  did not leave Iraq since the end of Iraq-Iran war in 1988 until his collapse on 9th April 2003 . Thus, I say that Iraq is good, Iraqi people is good, , Thanks God!

May God keep Iraqi people and Iraq safe!.”

My Comment:

I have seen many similar editorials in other Iraqi newspapers. This is a sentiment shared by many writers. Iraq has a united people of different races: Arab, Kurd, Turkman etc. and of different faiths: Muslim, Christian, Jew and of different factions: Sunni, Shiite, Kaldian, Ashurian, Catholic, Ashkenazi & Sephardi etc... But above all they are Iraqi and most want to stay that way. This feeling of Iraqi unity is becoming stronger as Iraqi elections near. Being able to cast their vote, and voice their opinions unites Iraqis. This newfound freedom is a great bond and common denominator of Iraqis. Iraqis feel valued, responsible for their country, responsible for their future, responsible for other Iraqis and lately, responsible for minorities’ rights. While Iraqi politicians squabble for voter favoritism, voters are getting more sophisticated with their search of information and demands for better security, infrastructure etc. It is awe-inspiring to watch the development of freedom and democracy in Iraq. It is shocking however to see the very high price paid. This I am sure reminds us how precious our own democracy is and gives us a higher appreciation of the hard work and sacrifices our founders endured.

Regards
Haider Ajina
McKinleyville Ca

Haider, thank your for sending this. It's sad that our own media in this country seems interested only in the bad news coming from Iraq and that we must rely on Iraqi newspapers and bloggers to keep us a aware of the true situation there. I hope you'll continue to help put the truth in front of the American people.

Posted by Bill Faith on December 11, 2004 at 10:20 AM | Permalink


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It's good to see that the Iraqi people are, for the most part, standing strong in the hopes of a free and independant country. My hopes and prayers are with them. While U.S. forces are there trying to help clean up the mess being made by what many call extremists and terrorists, I would like to see and here more of the Iraqi people taking control and fighting or turning in those who do no good for their country by killing or capturing innocent people. In our own country, when we sought our independance from british rule, our people did not, nor would they, give the then enemy room to hide or take over. Even our forfathers gave everything they had to help free our country and fight tyranny. So no mistake is made in understanding what I am trying to say, I would like to encourage the Iraqi people to take strength from God and get angry enough at the insurgents to ask our U.S. forces to step aside while they (the Iraqi People) go into the city's, towns, districts and throughout their country and drive the insurgents out. The cost may be high, but what price is worth the freedom of your children and their offspring?? Is it worth risking or giving your life so your children, neighbors, friends and countrymen are free? Or do you sit huddled in your homes or businesses hoping that some day this will all end and that there will finnally be peace while your friends die for nothing, or because you knew that someone was storing weapons in the house next door that just happened to kill your relative or neighbor and you may have been afraid to tell anyone because you did not want to die or for your family to die or suffer? Fight, and force the press to start spreading the word that you are fighting for your freedom. Show the press that explosives and weapons are being captured and destroyed. Show the world that you are standing for your freedom. And when you see that things are changing for the better and the worlds press is no longer showing the bad side of things, then start DEMANDIN of the press that they show the good that is happening, demand of THEM that they show that progress is being made to take care of your country and it's people. Almost all we see in the United States is the down side of the fighting in Iraq and nothing of the shools rebuilt, utilities being put back on line, ANY of the good things being done. These things are not shown here and all that the press has done is to demean the efforts being taken by soldiers and civilians who are trying to help, and often being seriously injured or even killed in doing so. I want very much for our military to be able to finally come home from battle, and not have to ever go to war again, but, I know, that unless the world wakes up and puts a swift end to terrorism, tyranny, and oppression, Our soldiers will have to continue to fight, and sacrafice, until this all ends. As an Air Force veteran, I support and pray for our soldiers in all areas around the world, I pray that God watches over them and gives them peace in their hearts and strength in their spirit to not give up and to look toward home. To the Iragi people, I pray the same for them, take heart, hold to courage in the fight, and may God's blessings be on you all.

Posted by: Hal Kiah | Dec 14, 2004 7:40:40 PM

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