Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A continued conversation with Paul

This is my second conversation with Paul of Arena of Ideas. He had few questions for me about the situation in Iraq:

Paul: What is the situation on the ground right now? (e.g. are they stabilizing, getting worse or just more of the same?)

not much happened since our last conversation the four major effective powers in Iraq still doing there best to gain control ( the Government and the American forces on one side, the Militia and al Qaeda on the other side ) of course the Militia and al Qaeda are fighting each other.

Paul: What was the Iraqi reaction to Democrats winning in November, or do they understand the American election process?

When I speak about Iraqis I have to divide them depending on the way they believe or see things. Most of the Iraqis are living in the grace of conspiracy theory and they believe the American policy will remain the same no matter who would win the election, while the intellectual people started to fear that this would be the end of the American presence in Iraq.

Paul: What has been the Iraqi reaction to Bush's announcement of adding more troops in Baghdad?

The people feel more relief for more American presence in Baghdad. People started to hate the heinous acts of the Militia and Qaeda. People started to feel unsecured because neither the Militia nor Qaeda can protect them from the attacks. What is really going on the ground is very simple Qaeda attacks innocent people (Shiite mostly) and the Militia retaliate on innocent people too (Sunni mostly).

Paul: A recent poll came out which said 49% of Democrats hope that Bush's plan to stabilize Iraq fails. What would you say to those people?

If this poll is right then it would be really surprising and shocking. I can't imagine how civilized people like the Americans can think that way, I mean letting the factional competition affect the American image all over the world. If democracy succeeds in Iraq, we will be grateful to the American people regardless of the differences they have inside.

Paul: Many Americans feel like most of Iraq is in civil war and we should pull out. Could you explain to the average American why it is important for us to stay?

Iraq will be in civil war right after the American withdrawal. In fact the only thing preventing Iraq of being in a total civil war is the American presence in it. The American forces should stay in the region not only for Iraq. They should keep a large presence because of the new changes happened the past few years in the Middle East in general. As you can see that there is a wide disturbance in the area extremists started to emerge and get control over things, for example Hamas in Palestine, Ahmedi Nijad in Iran and al Qaeda in Iraq. Those groups have only one goal to achieve and that is killing the largest number of people in the name of God.

Paul: How do most Iraqis view ethnic lines (e.g. Sunni, Shia, Kurd, etc) and how important is it to your culture.

Before the pluralism we have now, there wasn't such a thing. In fact no one could have imagined that things will turn this way. Anyway the differences are facts now and the politicians are deepen these differences to make benefits from them and get elected in the name of the sect or the ethnicity

Paul: If there was a single thing you would hope us, as Americans, could learn about your culture which could help us understand the situation, what would that be?

The Arabic and Islamic culture in general is a tribal one based on Winning and Losing. They don't believe in middle grounds like sharing and the only language they understand is force. That’s why dictatorships and families ruled the countries of the area very well. Democracy will need long years to be adapted in the region because in comparison with dictatorship democracy will appear like a weak and tolerant way of ruling. For example, the Sheikh of the Tribe won't accept to be ruled by his subjects, so the more powerful you appear and control things they will fear you and respect you, the more tolerant you be they will disobey and despise you. This kind of mentality is what we are fighting in Iraq right now hoping we can make them change.


At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Micheal said...

I wish you'd post more often. You pull together an excellent analysis, always welcome but especially rare for someone that close to everything.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Pamela said...

I'm glad I found your blog. This post was very enlightening and I learned a great deal. Thank you.

I will come back and read more.

At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Arabic and Islamic culture in general is a tribal one based on Winning and Losing. They don't believe in middle grounds like sharing and the only language they understand is force."


Are u sure of what you are writing?

Islam preaches tolerance...peace and coexistance.
Either you are an arab who has sold his beliefs or you refuse to read and understand the Quran.

Gimme a break.

Arabs are not some illiterate, nomadic people.
Iraq was one of the more modern states before the Gulf wars.

The way i see it...get the occupation out....Iraqis can handle it themselves.All these attacks are nothing more than frustration at the hands of the occupier and daily loss of dignity.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Amy P said...

Sooni, we hope you are okay. Please write something so we know you're doing well.

We pray for you and all of Iraq daily.

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Amy P said...

You haven't posted in a while but I loved reading your blog. Please continue to post your thoughts.


At 2:34 AM, Blogger Johnny O said...

Thank you for your blog...I have enjoyed reading your posts and am hoping for your safety and an eventual peace.
Montana, USA

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Ian said...

Hello, I'm an artist in America and am working on a project concerning the Iraqi experience during occupation. I'm primarily interested in Iraqi bloggers, mainly because of how incredible it is to be able to hear voices that deal with occupation on a daily basis, and to be able to hear it unfiltered and unedited. Your blog seemed really fantastic for the project. The current project I'm working on involves portraiture and selections from their blogs, which will be projected in public spaces and documented. I came across your blog and was interested in knowing if you would like to be a part of the project. All it would involve would be you taking a self portrait, and for you to select several quotes from your blog, which you would like to include in the project. You could choose to stay anonymous or have your name included in the project. If you do get back to me, I'll be able to mail you some photographic prints and send you digital copies of the full project. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the project, please let me know. I'd love to talk about your experiences in Iraq as well as my experiences with the war here in America. I hope to hear back soon, take care and be well.
-Ian Paul

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the following comments and questions for you specifically. The reason why I am posting my comments, here, is because there is no way to contact you other than by leaving a public comment.

My family comes from Hassuna, Iraq, during ancient times and we have genealogical records to prove this. So, we are Iraqis, who now live in America and no nothing or very little about Iraq.

My first assumption is that hardly anyone from Iraq would post on these boards as it would be very dangerous to do so. American CIA perhaps?

Two, there seems to be very little justice in this world even in America.

I, sometimes, wonder, if there is a god up in the skies, who protects mankind? I wonder, sometimes, if true goodness exist at all.

Even the US government is criminal and very corrupt and the American media REFUSES to publish the real truth behind its criminal government!

I am absolutely right on this point that America is criminal and corrupt and such will not end with Rudy Giuliani in the White House.

Any comments, please!

Please start a new thread, where we can discuss Iraq and its people.

At 2:21 AM, Blogger Nogueira Jr. said...


“We are free to be free
To make our own destiny
To shine like the sun
To become one
To hide under the moon
Under in the gloom
To run with the deer
To make worry disappear
To listen and to hear
To love and to fear
To make our minds be clear
To laugh and to cheer
To travel and to steer
In the path we have chosen
To be hot or cold or even frozen
We are free to be free
To make our own destiny
And to look back from the finish line
And to shout with joy and not to whine.”
(By Daniel Hooks)

Nogueira Jr

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous اخبار said...

really that is great post, thanks very much

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Amy Proctor said...

Are you still around?

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Trudy said...

You write very well.


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