Monday, September 12, 2005

Land of confusion

Yes it is! This is what Iraq is like these days, with literary no services and no security at all.
What confuses the situation more are the solutions of the smart government that only aggravate the situation. One example for that: they invented the Odd and Even rule that allow you to drive three days a week and when u ask them why? They will say it's over crowded and there is on enough gas stations, well? How about building more gas stations and opening the closed roads that we have too many (more than u can imagine) in Baghdad and of course you know why they are closed? For security reasons! Taking in consideration that we don’t have security at all. I guess u can see what kind of a smart government we have that keeps pressuring the people for solutions.

That's not it! Yes there is more, I wish you can take a peek at our new confusion sorry constitution. It's too long to discuss it here but I think you will like one of its articles that say:

Article (2):
1st: Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation:
a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam
b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy
c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution

I think it's anyone's right to choose his religion, right? Well, if you are a Muslim and you wanted to choose another religion the penalty will be death! That’s all. And really I'm waiting to see how they are going to workout this Article.
I hope you didn’t come to a confusion sorry conclusion that the Iraqis are idiots, no they are not but our main problem is that we are ruled by amateurs and we really need professionals and the other problem is the Americans don’t have but those amateurs to consult and they will always give them false readings.
Things didn’t come out the way we hoped or even imagined and we can't blame but ourselves because we chose the people in charge now. Let's hope our choice will be better next time.
Till now the best thing happened to Iraq is the "Operation Iraqi Freedom" it was the surgery that cut the tumor off and started the even better "Democracy by Force" healing process in a community used to deal with force and for many it's the only language they understand.
Don’t panic! Things in Iraq resolve in a different way.
And please don’t understand "Democracy by Force" the wrong way, what I meant was the American "Forced" the majority to take the minority in consideration and this is the soul of Democracy.
We have too many things to be confused about but one thing for sure, we used to walk the tunnel with no hope of getting out one day but now we can see a weak light at the end. Do you know what I think? It's freedom.


At 4:12 PM, Blogger jean said...

May that light ever grow stronger.

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep at it.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Dunerati said...

Detailed analysis and pretty good conclusions.. People like yourself ARE the light at the end of the tunnel!!

Any further comments by the Assoc of muslim scholars on WHY they vote no for constitution? ITM mentioned they only said they were voting against it, not a why or anything constructive..

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Ana Mish Ana said...

mar7aba ya Sooni,

I was prepared to pass your blog by as yet another Centcom propaganda site but it looks as though you may go 'off script.' I sincerely hope so, there are enough people telling happy fairy stories, sa7?

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Lynnette in Minnesota said...

"Things didn’t come out the way we hoped or even imagined and we can't blame but ourselves because we chose the people in charge now. Let's hope our choice will be better next time."

That's what it's all about. It's YOUR choice. Try someone out and if they don't work, try someone else. Keep trying until you find the right ones to run your country the way you want it to be run.

Best wishes on your blog, Sooni

At 4:27 AM, Blogger Pebble said...

Oh Sooni, i can see the confusing parts... well things can and will change as time goes by. Post some more on this... do you think it will come down to people's interpretation of what it says or just straight and firm Islam? I don't see ow people can live with rules made thousands of years ago...

At 7:43 AM, Blogger sharp said...

I know the confusion will start to clear when security is obtained. I hope it is soon for all of Iraq. I admire your steps toward democracy. Iraq has done much in a short time.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what confuses me is that you have (or appear to have) in iraq, are the "insurgents" (not to be confused with terrorists) fighting americans because they want us out. if they want us out then start fighting the terrorists instead of us and join the political process/system. that will get us out faster than they could snap their fingers and that light at the end of the tunnel will be blinding everyone in the middle east. iran, syria, the hopefully soon to be palestine and all the others would be able to witness the birth of a new shining city on the hill. what annoys me with america is that most americans dont take the democracy here serious. too few people vote. imagine what america would be like if 80% voted. we are taking democracy for granted here in the u.s. because we havent had to fight for it for soooo long. iraq is fighting for it and we need to be there to help. take care.

from an american friend

At 7:53 PM, Blogger TallDave said...

When you didn't post for a few days, I was worried Celine was right!

Seriously, great blog and I hope to read posts from you as often as possible.

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your government is smart, Sooni. See the phrase "undisputed rules of Islam"? It is almost impossible to contradict the >undisputed< rules of Islam. 99.9% of the rules most people associate with Islam are disputed. Including the rule about punishing people who leave Islam with Death. All it takes is one Muslim to dispute that, and it is no longer Undisputed, by definition. Give them some credit.

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Brian H said...

anon has it right. Since there are no undisputed rules of Islam, there will be no Islamic influence in the constitution and legislation. Great!

At 6:54 AM, Blogger dcat said...


If it is going to be interpreted lets hope that it is interpreted fairly for all concerned!

Thank you Sooni!

At 4:49 AM, Blogger NYgirl said...

Sooni, Omar was right: you are a great blogger :) As for the problems with the Iraqi Constitution & the gridlock, as long that there is democracy, one person one vote, there will be progress. Not overnight, but gradually.

I don't know if you've read the Federalist papers, it tells you how difficult it was get the American Constitution off the ground. You guys are doing pretty well by comparison :)

One of the original preconditions for voting was that one had to own property, this was struck down pretty soon, but it did exist in the begining. Also, it took more than a hundred years for women to get the vote too.

As no man is perfect, democracy, the government of the people, by the people will never be perfect: but as Winston Chruchill said, it's the best form of government on earth.

A democracy is as good as the people behind it, & from what I've seen of of the Iraqis & from what I've heard from people who served in Iraq, I have a feeling that you guys are more than up to the task tacking a democracy.

I think there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel :) Keep up the great job.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wrote;

"Things didn’t come out the way we hoped or even imagined and we can't blame but ourselves because we chose the people in charge now. Let's hope our choice will be better next time."

Welcome to democracy! I live in Canada, where we have never had a war on our soil or a dictator and after every election, we hope our choice will be better next time!


That said, many of us are hoping for the best for you, so your choices will be a little better all of the time. It is never easy, and never perfect, but it's the best free peoples have been able to come up with, so it's the system we live with!


(and I wish Celine would just shut up and sing, too!)

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Sooni for your interesting comments and observations. I look forward to reading more. Best wishes for better times for the long suffering people of Iraq.
A friend in Houston.

At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

It is not possible for the professional news services to give us the same quality of information you provide in your blog, even if they are serious about their work, which does not seem to happen very often! Nothing can be better for us in the rest of the world (I am in Califormia) than to read what is is written by and Iraqi person, directly.

I am confident that Iraq will find its way. It would be strange if the path looked straight to anyone, but that does not matter. What matters is that people can change the path in order to bring it closer to their wishes.

Stay safe! God bless you! Dom.

At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wrote

but our main problem is that we are ruled by amateurs and we really need professionals and the other problem is the Americans don’t have but those amateurs to consult and they will always give them false readings.

Unfortunately, we are ruled by amatures too. Take the recently-resigned head of FEMA (the disaster agency). He was put him in charge even though he was an amature as far as disasters go.

One problem with Democracy is that the people have to keep paying attention and keep shouting their our leaders do stupid things or else it is the people's fault.

Anybody on the street can decide to run for office and we have to keep our eyes on all our leaders to make sure we voted for the right person and to make sure they didn't flamboozle us, or that they didn't end up being more stupid than we gave them credit for or tht that they didn't have some hidden political agenda.

Never take your eyes off of them.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger newc said...

I said Non Compulsion in religion.
Freedom FROM religious governance, compulsion, or intimidation.

That is the law.

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At 4:22 AM, Anonymous Exguru said...

Canada has never had a war? What about Wolfe and Montcalm, Benedict Arnold and Chief Tecumseh? The Battle of Quebec? The Plains of Abraham? The Battle of Thamesville? How about the Battle of Lake Erie & Oliver Hazard Perry?

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its been awhile since you last posted. how are things in iraq?? just heard that the u.s. special forces killed the #2 in Zarqawi's "al qaeda" . how are people reacting?? take care.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger D.C. said...


You seem to understand democracy and all the confusion of the political process more than many, many westerners.

; -)

At 11:38 PM, Anonymous salstress said...

I don't know if you are for real, Sooni, but I hope so, because the posts on your site bring tears to my eyes. It is so refreshing to hear from someone with great hope for Iraq and belief that we Americans did the right thing in deposing Saddam.

Our American media is enough to give all of us a feeling of doom and dread, guilt and fear, uselessness and despair.

My hunch that our media are lying to us and are very wrong about the situation in Iraq is borne out by your posts, and they give me great hope for the world.

Thank you!

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