Friday, October 27, 2006

Few things about the situation in Iraq

Through few emails I exchanged with Paul Seale of Arena of Ideas he asked me few questions about the situation in Iraq, I would like to share our conversation with you

AA: Could you tell our readers where you live?
Sooni: I live in Baghdad-Iraq

AA:Many talking heads here in the United States have said recently that Iraq was better under Saddam. What do you believe and what do you say to those people?
Sooni: Saddam was a dictator, a murderer, and a warmonger. He assumed power in 1979 since that day Iraq got only backward, and part of what we are going through today related to him and what’s left of his family and followers who are still spending Iraq stolen money on funding terrorism. Saddam ruled by killing a whole family for suspecting their son, if the current government would rule that way you will see a peaceful Iraq two months from now. Iraq situation is bad now and no one can deny that, but what do you expect a battlefield would look like? Al-Qaeda, Iran, Syria, many other Arabic and Islamic countries and Islamic groups fight the Americans in Iraq and when they realized that they cant defeat the American Army they started to attack the Iraqi Army and the Iraqi police also provoking the sectarian violence. They think if they can make Iraq fall down then they will be able to hinder the American project for the region. All those regimes feel threatened and they chose a clever indirect confrontation where they do not lose much more than money. If they really think it was better under Saddam then all we have to do is to let the government hands loose and a small massacre like what happened in 1991 uprising will bring back stability to Iraq!

AA: How do Iraqis view Americans as a people? What about American Soldiers?
Sooni: I can’t speak here in the name of all Iraqis, but I will try to illustrate what different groups and sects think about that. To have a better approach our parliament consist of 275 seats and Iraq population is around 27,500,000 so when I will mention a (seat) you will know how many population it represents. Iraqis love American movies, songs, and life style, I didn’t meet anyone who hates the American people, but when it comes to politics and of course the American soldiers are part of the politics we have different opinions: the Seculars and Liberals (28 seats) and the Kurds (55 seats) understand and appreciate what the American done and doing. The Sunni groups (58 seats) speak frankly of their hatred to the American policy and soldiers. The Shiite groups (130 seats) consist of many parties, trends, and individuals so I wont go far and I will say only (25 seats) of them are pro-American. At the beginning (the early days of liberation) most of the Shiite used to be pro-American because of the big favor of toppling Saddam, but later some tense started to appear when they disagreed over some political issues and after the American lunched few operations against Mahdi Army of the Sadir trend (30 seats). You can reflect those numbers on the population and you will have a good idea about the American Image in Iraq.

AA: During this election cycle in America there are politicians proposing to pull American forces out of Iraq and move them to other places in the region. If you could say something to these people, what would you say?
Sooni: Iraq is now on the edge of all-out civil war, the American troops act now like a safety valve and it is definite that Iraq will explode if those forces leave now.

AA: How might such a plan effect the average Iraqi?
Sooni: The civil war will mostly take place in Baghdad, Diala, Kirkuk, and Basra so I guess we are talking about more than 10,000,000 people will be affected directly from it and this effect will continue for many years.

AA: Could you explain the issue of federalism to our readers?
Sooni: The first group who talked about federalism was the Kurds and they put it as a condition to participate in the political process. Later the Shiite liked the idea and start talking about the “Southern Region”. The Kurds want to practice more independency away from the central government while the Shiite pretexted of providing more security to the south part of Iraq. The Sunni and part of the Shiite (al Sadir trend) refused it totally saying it will lead to partitioning Iraq.

AA: When you hear American politicians and media discuss partitioning Iraq off into sections what are your thoughts? Again, how might this effect the average Iraqi?
Sooni: The Iraqi street is a little bit confused about this issue, we hate to see Iraq divided. From the practical side I expect this will lead to endless fights and blood feuds among Iraqis. Just imagine it this way partitioning Iraq will create a small Iran in the south of Iraq and a small Afghanistan in the middle of it!

AA: From your vantage point, how bad is the sectarian violence in Iraq?
Sooni: Very bad since people get killed everyday on sectarian bases, we are only one-step away from an all-out sectarian war, any move like partitioning Iraq or the pull back of the American troops will definitely start it.

AA: What do you believe is the main cause of this?
Sooni: Too many reasons to count, but I will try to put it this way: Saddam planted the seeds and al-Qaeda reaped.

AA: What does the average Iraqi believe is the main cause for the violence?
Sooni: That will depend on their backgrounds, believes would vary from blaming al-Qaeda ending up with blaming the Jews!

9 Comments:

At 9:38 PM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

Thank you this is a very enlightening conversation. I appreciate your candid answers. Have a God Blessed Weekend and stay safe.

 
At 3:54 AM, Anonymous anthem boy said...

take care as well. glad to see you blogging more frequently again.

 
At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Summary and analysis is
good ... But do you see any solution ... I believe the hatred
of Sunni vs Shia is now very deep
and goes beyond Sammara and
all of the atrocities under Saddam

I believe the Shia militias want to rule Iraq and will never accept
a reconcilliation with the Sunni
elements ...

The US will NOT move to partition Iraq ... Bush respects the Iraqi
Parliament ... any move along those lines will be from Iraqi
themselves ....

We are all hoping that somehow
someone can lead Iraq to reconcile
quickly

 
At 12:04 PM, Blogger enigmawatch said...

"The Lord Of The Dance"! She smiles sweetly...is about a hero's journey. The hero is goodness which moves and shakes the world with extreme and powerful logic. A hero is grounded in reality, but magical outcomes will manifest because the hero has good intentions and a pure heart. Choreograph a movement which brings goodness and unity to the entire world. As the Rosetta Stone conveys important information in three different forms of communication, another enigma has surfaced. Its father is not its natural. It is the grand illusion and is on your soil but not of your kind. For it was born of the stars in the most unusual and peculiar way. Its source is watchful and loving. It is no religious figure or god but comes from the most powerful source imaginable. It will serve you good to pay attention to the message.

الرسالة

"اللورد [أف] [ث] [دنس]"! هو يبتسم [سويتلي]… حول بطل سفر. البطل جودة أيّ يتحرّك ويهزّ العالم مع متطرّفة ومنطق قوّيّة. بطل اعتمدت في حقيقة ، غير أنّ سيبدي نتيجات سحريّة لأنّ البطل يتلقّى نيات جيّدة وقلب صافي. صمّم لوحة رقص حركة أيّ يحضر جودة ووحدة إلى العالم كاملة. بما أنّ ال [روستّا ستون] يوصّل معلومة مهمّة في ثلاثة أشكال مختلفة اتّصال ، قد سطّح آخر لغز. ليس أبه ه طبيعيّة. هو الوهم عظيمة وعلى تربتك غير أنّ لا من نوعك. [بورن] ل هو كان من النجوم في ال أكثر نادرة وطريق خاصّة. مصدره [وتشفول] وودود. هو ما من دينيّة رقم أو إلهة غير أنّ يأتي من المصدر قوّيّة أكثر ممكن تصوّر. هو سيخدم أنت الخير أن يدفع إنتباه إلى الرسالة.

I do not know where you got your information about the talking heads, but I CAN tell you that the views of Saddam by the talking heads are anything but positive views.

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Amy Proctor said...

Sooni, blessings to you. Great entry, very enlightening and coherent. I understand the situtation better now. Thanks for that.

We have a few friends in Baghdad at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Are you a Muslim, Christian or secular? Just wondering.

AGain, thank you so much for the insights on this blog. I've been reading for about a year.

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found this support site and song on the web to support our troops over seas.
I liked it and thought it was a good song. Our troops need to know we stand by them no matter what.

Check it out if you want.

http://www.westandbyyou.net

Later
Dave

 
At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou for sharing your thoughts, they really helped me comprehend the situation better.

Thanks so much!

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger American Daughter said...

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At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there.

Yes we must Support the American Air Force.


I found a great support song and site on the web to support the American Air Force
I like it and think it is a good song for that. It is very important that our troops need to know we stand by them no matter what.

Check it out and pass it on if you can.

http://westandbyyou.net


Later

Dave

 

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