Wednesday, November 16, 2005

What happened to Iraq?

RiverBend is an Iraqi blogger from Baghdad. She's not blogging to score points for this or that political stripe. She writes with an honest simplicity:
Congratulations Americans- not only are the hardliner Iranian clerics running the show in Iran- they are also running the show in Iraq. This shift of power should have been obvious to the world when My-Loyalty-to-the-Highest-Bidder-Chalabi sold his allegiance to Iran last year. American and British sons and daughters and husbands and wives are dying so that this coming December, Iraqis can go out and vote for Iran influenced clerics to knock us back a good four hundred years.

What happened to the dream of a democratic Iraq?

Iraq has been the land of dreams for everyone except Iraqis- the Persian dream of a Shia controlled Islamic state modeled upon Iran and inclusive of the holy shrines in Najaf, the pan-Arab nationalist dream of a united Arab region with Iraq acting as its protective eastern border, the American dream of controlling the region by installing permanent bases and a Puppet government in one of its wealthiest countries, the Kurdish dream of an independent Kurdish state financed by the oil wealth in Kirkukā€¦

The Puppets the Americans empowered are advocates of every dream except the Iraqi one: The dream of Iraqi Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmenā€¦ the dream of a united, stable, prosperous Iraq which has, over the last two years, gone up in the smoke of car bombs, military raids and a foreign occupation.
The question 'what happened to a dream of a democratic Iraq' is of course addressed to all of us who have paid for this war in one way or another. And not just the shameless Pro-War pundits who have resorted to their last weapon: the sneer. How very clever you must think you are.


At November 16, 2005 11:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So would you like a democratic Iraq?

At November 23, 2005 12:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say Riverbend doesn't write with a political intent. Wrong. Most of the other Iraqi political blogs do not link to Riverbend, as the person behind it was part of the Ba'ath party. Do some research for once Sid, if you look through the links of these blogs only the last one links to RB. Is it because they all don't know about it? does that sound likely?

At November 24, 2005 11:19 am, Blogger Siddhartha said...

Thanks for the links Anon. But I don't buy your statement that she was part of the Ba'ath party simply because other Iraqi bloggers don't link to her. Thats not evidence and even if it were, it does not detract from the fundamental point she makes in her post which is relevent to all Iraqis and the countries that invaded Iraq on one pretext or another.


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