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Happy Birthday Free Iraq!

16 March, 2006

By Anwaar Hussain


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The 18th of March, 2006 will be the 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation by American forces and also the 3rd birthday of ‘free Iraq’.

 

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, we will mourn the mangled corpse of the Iraqi nationhood that America continues to drag around the vast deserts of that country, with fangs bared and claws out, in an unjustified, illegal and bloody occupation.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, we will note the fact that America threatens to lay waste to the nations next door on daily basis and considers it immoral if those countries even think of arming themselves to prevent the same fate.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, we will derive a very simple lesson from America’s Iraq jaunt that if a country wants to avoid a U.S. led invasion, they had better arm themselves to the gills and with nuclear weapons too if possible. Quite plainly, it is a matter of life and death for such countries.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, we will remember that not only is America the only user of the nuclear weapon on human race in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, she is also known to have contemplated using them in almost every major military conflict ever since e.g. against the people of Korea, Cuba and Vietnam.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, we will remind ourselves that as the fight for resources and markets sharpens among the various capitalist powers, the likelihood of nuclear conflicts breaking out grows exponentially and that, unless the global citizenry wakes up, all the treaties and assurances in the world will not stop this brazen display of capitalism in decay.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, we must note with irony that while the American administration is lowering the bar for going nuclear and makes ‘bomb size holes’ in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty by signing the Indo-US nuclear deal, it continues to preach nuclear abstinence to the rest of the world and threatens to visit pre-emptive attacks upon those thought to be in non-compliance of the same treaty.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, as we listen to President George W. Bush lecturing the world on the threat from Iran and on the virtues of nuclear non-proliferation, we will remind ourselves that his position on nuclear weapons smacks of rampant hypocrisy and is laced with double standards. He is the commander-in-chief of a military force that not only possesses and maintains nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons but also boasts an array of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological arsenals.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, as the American military juggernaut continues to slam into innocent humanity and prepares itself for yet another bout of binge killing in Iran; the American citizens continue to vacillate on what to do with the criminal cabal that kills in their name. Having yo-yoed between conviction and impeachment with a lot of bombast, they finally fizzle down for a rap on the knuckle by attempting, please note, to ‘censure’ the lead criminal for breaking the law, trashing the US Constitution and killing hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, as America’s State Department decries the Human Rights abuses by various countries, let us remember that America herself has become the biggest patron of dark dungeons and the sessions of pain therein. Other than Abu Ghuraib and Guantánamo Bay, where detainees have included children as young as 11-years-old and where some detainees have now been held for over four years without charge or trial, America’s torture trail at the present weaves across the globe from Thailand and the Philippines through Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan to Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, some Gulf States and an unspecified number of South Pacific island nations.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, despite President George Bush’s sickeningly repetitious rhetoric of “freedom on the march” and “terrorists on the run”, let us be informed that the National Counterterrorism Center (NCC), a US government funded agency of the Department of Homeland Security, tells us that “between 2001 and 2005, worldwide terrorist incidents increased by an astounding 159 percent, going from 1,733 attacks in 2001 to 4,483 last year.” And that, “of the 13,403 global terror incidents that have taken place since 2001, one-third of those total took place in 2005 alone.”

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, let us also acquaint ourselves with the horrible incompetence of the current US administration’s economic policies that directly affect the common Americans. The numbers are out and they tell a sordid tale. “The U.S. trade deficit has soared to an all-time high of $725.8 billion in 2005, up by 17.5 percent from the previous record of $617.6 billion set in 2004. The deficit with China hit an all-time high as did America's deficits with Japan, Europe, OPEC, Canada, Mexico and South and Central America. It marked the fourth straight year in a row that America's trade deficit has set a record.”

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, let us recall the orchestrated 9/11, the mythical lies that this administration told to the American public in its aftermath and the hundreds of thousands of innocent dead and maimed souls as a result of those lies.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, as we brace ourselves from more nuclear hypocrisy from the mightiest of the nations, we will recall that this nation continues to use depleted uranium weapons on Iraqis taking a ghastly toll not just on the existing ones but also on successive future Iraqi generations who will suffer for eons to come.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, as American citizens tuck their well fed children into warm beds after affectionate hugs, we will recall that the rate of birth defects, leukemia and cancer among Iraqi children under the age of 15 in those districts where the use of DU had been the most concentrated is increasing horrendously and, if not checked soon enough, a generation of beautiful babies are going to turn into one of hideous cripples.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, with hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, thousands of dead Americans, a beat-up American image around the globe and a war tab exceeding half-a-trillion dollars, we must finally allow the reality of the repugnant rhetoric of global domination and the disgusting truth of its actual failure to finally sink in to our collective conscience.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, as the American nation dillies and dallies while their government kills people abroad with impunity and plans to start yet another anniversary series for yet another nation, one comes to a sad sad conclusion. And that is that the American nation seems to have willingly boarded itself up on a train, remote controlled by their criminal leaders, with the train careering fast towards the Cassandra Crossing. The Americans watch their own selves in a hushed awe.

This 3rd anniversary of Iraq’s occupation, let us try to understand for whom was the following said in the “Book of Isaiah” in The Bible?

“YOUR HANDS ARE STAINED WITH BLOOD, YOUR FINGERS WITH GUILT, YOUR LIPS SPEAK FALSEHOOD AND YOUR TONGUE UTTERS DECEIT”

Happy birthday free Iraq!

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

Courtesy: Fountainhead

http://malakandsky.blogspot.com/2006/03/happy-birthday-free-iraq.html

Reader Comments:

You've lost it.

About 9 of every 10 of your articles are about hating others. After writing about them before, I realize that you have actually just lost your mind and your heart is filled with hate. May God have mercy on you.

Ryan, United Kingdom - 17 March, 2006

Retaining or Ruining Free Iraq ?


Time Wasting incompetent soldiers – helping or ruining?

The G8 economy countries'Civil war line of thinking
Iraq Oil Tank Group and Car Political oil Scientist oil
Designer group are no good. They live off Muslim Resource.
IRAQ Civil War line of thinking is what resulted in designing
Shia Sunni civil war for no reason at all via WMD gimmick.

They think parallel to Lebanon sabotage (once Switzerland
Of Middle East reduced to rubble).

They are simply no good to be around in the midst. One
Canadian soldier is pretending that they earn $40,000/yr
It will take them years to train Afghan soldier how to
Hold and shoot a rifle or work as a security guard earning
$40,000 /yr .Why waste money in shooting guns before
home job creation or before road infrastructure Building?


If one single USA/Canadian soldier Carrying a rifle who
earned $25,000 guarding 100 afghan families with children
who lived off @ $250/yr /house ($25,000) while men folk
planted 30 million mines across Afghanistan in lieu of
building Structures for homes factories road making.Instead
these helper should have planted Fruit tree or sowed seeds
for wheat tea forestation rice or made roads and high ways.

Near Moscow Is Tatarstan with a largest Mosque of
Europe and Thousands of Closed Mosques .The Saudi
Taught Model is good for nothing for progressive Tatarstan.
How Americans and Others grew rich in the first place is the issue?




benz m Ispahani, India - 18 March, 2006

please stop

there wuld be a limit of criticising.if young muslim people will read so much poisioned article, how they will think???? this type of articles wont be published.

i just want to add, saddam hussain was a dictator. he was responsible for killing innocent kurds, muslim people. with all ......... he was enemy of US and was dreaming for the death of US.US just attacked on her enemy.no matter what was the main reasons,oil or politics or whatever. one of the main reason for the attack on iraq was, US is now fighting for her survival. People are dreaming to destroy US. After 9/11 attack, US is also not left with much options.

also if they will be able to stablish democracy in iraq, they may atleast show good reasons why they attacked on iraq. if US want to do some good with iraq and iraqi people, we all wuld support. there wuld be a limit of politics.UN is now involved in all the happennings of iraq.right now iraqi want protection from those people who are enemy of democray of iraq and only US force can protect them untill iraqi government dont stabish a proper military.

Even If US just show they are trying to help iraqi, this is also a good sign. Atleast they don't say they are in iraq for their enemy while we all know iraq was enemy of US. Whatever happened in past has happened, now we gotto think for next. This type of posioned materials wont go to common people. There wuld be a reason for this type of articles, what writer want?????? Do u want all the pakistani people to think US is a evil country????? If yes then what will be result???? Already most of people are poisoned against US and other western countries. Do u want them to take arm and come on the road against them???????? What u want by saying, “American citizens tuck their well fed children into warm beds after affectionate hugs, we will recall that the rate of birth defects, leukemia and cancer among Iraqi children under the age of 15 in those …………….” . hey man stop so much poisoning.

So many developing countries nationals are living in US. Laws of US have given them protection. This type of articles can give a sense of insecurity to those Pakistanis who are living in western countries. They want peace. If US or her allies do wrong, criticize them. Everyone is with you. All the developing countries are with you. But don't show that people of Pakistan hate US. We all have to walk together. There wuld be an understanding among we all human being.
Thanks

s tiwari, Hungary - 18 March, 2006

Happy Birthday Free Iraq

Wrongful doing and killing in Iraq has completed three years but the original claim of US President to make Iraq free were a bunch of lies. Surely he will pay for his crimes and sins sooner or later. God will not forgive him, he is watching what he ha done to human lives and property there.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 19 March, 2006

Denial: A Characteristic of the Islamic Mind --- Part I

Early in 2006, I discovered a relatively new Arabic web site: www. kwtanweer.com

It originates in Kuwait, and its goal, as its name Tanweer (Enlightenment) implies, is to provide a forum for the discussion of such topics as Religion & Modernity, Civil Society, Democracy, Human Rights, and Women's place and role in society.

The subjects discussed in this forum are intriguing, as most of them would be considered avant-garde by an average Muslim. What catches my attention in my frequent perusal of the articles on this site are the readers' comments. They tend to be very negative, and annoyed by any suggestion of changes in the status quo!

I would like to share with you an article with this title: Inkar (Denial). The author dealt with the topic of denial as a characteristic of the Islamic Mind. Years ago, I read books that dealt with the Arab Mind, but to my knowledge I have not noticed any book dealing with this larger topic such as the Islamic Mind. Even though, I would regard V. S. Naipaul's books, An Islamic Journey, and Beyond Belief, as attempts to fathom and describe this mind.

The writer goes by the name of Ahmad al-Baghdadi; I presume that he is a Kuwaiti, but of an Iraqi background. He began with these lines:

Dr. Kamel al-Najjar, a respected author now living securely in the West, wrote an article published on the Internet dealing with the Crisis of the Islamic Mind. What he meant was the mind of Muslims and not of Islam, as a faith.

This crisis manifests itself as a serious illness besetting Muslims nowadays, namely their persistent denial of their lack of progress in the fields of scientific and human endeavors. At the same time, they keep on claiming that they are God's best people; thus, justifying their mistakes or ignoring them in a rather shockingly naïve manner.

Everyone is aware of this lack of progress. The solution for this chronic illness requires an acknowledgement of this denial, in the same way as Dr. al-Najjar requires alcoholics, or drug addicts seeking healing, to acknowledge their condition, and confess publicly their desire for a cure. It is only after such a confession takes place that the treatment for the cure of an addict begins. On the other hand, as long as an alcoholic or a drug addict refuses to acknowledge the seriousness and reality of his condition, he is bound to continue in his substance abuse. People around him notice the results of his addiction, in spite of the fact that he persists in his denial.

Today, the Arabs' failures are noticeable everywhere: in education, in economics, in politics, in culture, in administration, in technology, in manufacturing, and in human relations. If it were not for the mercy of God and the existence of the West, the Arabs would have perished, as their life expectancy would not have exceeded thirty years. [They should thank] the West that provides them with the necessities of life: such as food, medicines, technology, as well as university training for those fortunate Arabs [who manage to enter Western universities.]

And regardless of this evident lack of progress, we find Arabs taking a stand against intellectual pursuits, civil liberties, and science. They neither control the present, nor the future; all they possess is a past that ceased to exist around five hundred years ago. In other words, they glory in a culture that is no more!

Just as a car does not move without fuel, so is the condition of human civilizations; their fuel is liberty and democracy. Arabs refuse both. But they insist on claiming that they love freedom, intellectual life, and culture; while they keep on playing a broken record that proclaims the West's indebtedness to the Islamic civilization. This is the apex of delusion!

Today, Arabs are in need of a quick medicine that would end their addiction to a dead past, and allow them to start a new life. This will not happen, as Dr. al-Najjar pointed out, unless they are ready to confess publicly their backwardness. This is the first step. The next step is the search for a cure. The prescription is ready and available from the American doctor: freedom and democracy.

That gifted Arab essayist Adonis once wrote: “A society that places at the top of the pyramid of its national concerns a policy of an oppressive security, and makes it the custodian for the conduct of politics, is in the process of self-destruction. There is no such thing as security without a security that guarantees freedom and democracy. Any Arab regime that arrests a citizen on account of his thoughts or opinions is arresting not merely one citizen, but an entire country. And a government that sends a citizen to prison for his thoughts is actually incarcerating itself.”

allen smith, Pakistan - 23 March, 2006

Denial: A Characteristic of the Islamic Mind----- Part II

The Arabs today are living in the prison of their past, and the key to the gate of that prison is lost. What's needed is the destruction of the gate itself, so that they may get out and experience freedom. Therefore we must destroy the shackles of that imaginary history that causes us to indulge in claiming a spurious greatness. We need to learn the lessons of history. Sometimes, however, we deny these lessons in the name of religion; other times in the name of Arab nationalism. Such denials lead to the death of any attempt for progress. So as long as Arabs cling to their concept of history with all its deceptions without attempting to separate truth from falsehood, facts from fiction, they will continue in their present state for ever.

These words of al-Baghdadi are strong medicine. They must express the exasperation of several Arab and Muslim intellectuals who are fed up with the status quo. The Internet allows them to utter such words which are regarded as extreme by the very people who need them the most.

Unfortunately the counter-denials pour into the web site. I was very disappointed by one response from a person who lives in Kuwait, the home of the Enlightenment site. I hesitate to share it with you. This is what he wrote, not only condemning the author of “Denial,” but all, yes all the contributors to Tanweer. Unfortunately, there are many like him who prefer to live within the prison of the past, because they are unwilling to acknowledge their addiction to a mythical view of Islamic history.

Mr. Badr (full-moon, as his Arabic name means,) shot back at the article with these shocking words:

Half of those contributing to this web site should be sent to prison, and the other half, should be confined to mental hospitals.

What a pity that a civilization that persists in denial, and prefers darkness to light!

allen smith, Pakistan - 23 March, 2006

Afghani conversion........

Would you write a little about Abdul Rahman conversion case in Afghanistan?

John Malik, Pakistan - 23 March, 2006

Denial: A Characteristic of the Islamic Mind----PART 1

Early in 2006, I discovered a relatively new Arabic web site: www. kwtanweer.com

It originates in Kuwait, and its goal, as its name Tanweer (Enlightenment) implies, is to provide a forum for the discussion of such topics as Religion & Modernity, Civil Society, Democracy, Human Rights, and Women's place and role in society.

The subjects discussed in this forum are intriguing, as most of them would be considered avant-garde by an average Muslim. What catches my attention in my frequent perusal of the articles on this site are the readers' comments. They tend to be very negative, and annoyed by any suggestion of changes in the status quo!

I would like to share with you an article with this title: Inkar (Denial). The author dealt with the topic of denial as a characteristic of the Islamic Mind. Years ago, I read books that dealt with the Arab Mind, but to my knowledge I have not noticed any book dealing with this larger topic such as the Islamic Mind. Even though, I would regard V. S. Naipaul's books, An Islamic Journey, and Beyond Belief, as attempts to fathom and describe this mind.

The writer goes by the name of Ahmad al-Baghdadi; I presume that he is a Kuwaiti, but of an Iraqi background. He began with these lines:

Dr. Kamel al-Najjar, a respected author now living securely in the West, wrote an article published on the Internet dealing with the Crisis of the Islamic Mind. What he meant was the mind of Muslims and not of Islam, as a faith.

This crisis manifests itself as a serious illness besetting Muslims nowadays, namely their persistent denial of their lack of progress in the fields of scientific and human endeavors. At the same time, they keep on claiming that they are God's best people; thus, justifying their mistakes or ignoring them in a rather shockingly naïve manner.

Everyone is aware of this lack of progress. The solution for this chronic illness requires an acknowledgement of this denial, in the same way as Dr. al-Najjar requires alcoholics, or drug addicts seeking healing, to acknowledge their condition, and confess publicly their desire for a cure. It is only after such a confession takes place that the treatment for the cure of an addict begins. On the other hand, as long as an alcoholic or a drug addict refuses to acknowledge the seriousness and reality of his condition, he is bound to continue in his substance abuse. People around him notice the results of his addiction, in spite of the fact that he persists in his denial.

Today, the Arabs' failures are noticeable everywhere: in education, in economics, in politics, in culture, in administration, in technology, in manufacturing, and in human relations. If it were not for the mercy of God and the existence of the West, the Arabs would have perished, as their life expectancy would not have exceeded thirty years. [They should thank] the West that provides them with the necessities of life: such as food, medicines, technology, as well as university training for those fortunate Arabs [who manage to enter Western universities.]

And regardless of this evident lack of progress, we find Arabs taking a stand against intellectual pursuits, civil liberties, and science. They neither control the present, nor the future; all they possess is a past that ceased to exist around five hundred years ago. In other words, they glory in a culture that is no more!

Just as a car does not move without fuel, so is the condition of human civilizations; their fuel is liberty and democracy. Arabs refuse both. But they insist on claiming that they love freedom, intellectual life, and culture; while they keep on playing a broken record that proclaims the West's indebtedness to the Islamic civilization. This is the apex of delusion!

Today, Arabs are in need of a quick medicine that would end their addiction to a dead past, and allow them to start a new life. This will not happen, as Dr. al-Najjar pointed out, unless they are ready to confess publicly their backwardness. This is the first step. The next step is the search for a cure. The prescription is ready and available from the American doctor: freedom and democracy.

That gifted Arab essayist Adonis once wrote: “A society that places at the top of the pyramid of its national concerns a policy of an oppressive security, and makes it the custodian for the conduct of politics, is in the process of self-destruction. There is no such thing as security without a security that guarantees freedom and democracy. Any Arab regime that arrests a citizen on account of his thoughts or opinions is arresting not merely one citizen, but an entire country. And a government that sends a citizen to prison for his thoughts is actually incarcerating itself.”



Allen Smith, Pakistan - 24 March, 2006

I appreciate Anwar's Work.

Aslam, Pakistan - 24 March, 2006

Ryan's not looking

Ryan read allen. The cap he makes for the closed mind of the Islamic fundamentalists could propbably fit you.Far from Anwar losing it you have not even looked. You didn't refute any of his statements, you didn't like the factual statements. You attacked the messenger not the message. You wouldn't win a debating competition, it is unlikely you would be considered an entrant if this is how you wish to score points.All countries make mistakes.Most powerful ones use bullying tactics to gain economic, and strategic advantages. USA is no different. Following closely behind there is always the sanctimonious, hypocritical, justifying humbug.Powerful countries such as yours and mine do not do anything PRIMARILY for the recipient country's benefit. It is always first and foremost. "What's in it for me?" Then disguise it as for the benefit of the recipients.Can you honestly say that the thousands of families with maimed and dead women and children in Iraq are both better off and happier since this war?
Your support for your country is admirable. Your support for War is not. I do wonder what is your experience of armed conflict.
War is Terrorism. If you don't agree then to war you've never been.
Tom Edgar Glen Aplin Q Australia. tomedgar@halenet.com.au


Tom Edgar, Aruba - 26 March, 2006

lost it

Anwar,
So far Americans haven't been hushed at all. No wonder why we're declining business from the U.A.E. As for Isaiah, your words don't apply. It all comes down to who's building the temple friend. Your with us or against us. The temple of peace for all humanity is not controlled, it's delivered. People are delivered in everyday decisions we make. Your words are heard by men smarter than you, try not to lose it.

John Denver, United Kingdom - 30 March, 2006

U look no C

John Denver claims Isaiah doesn't apply. Maybe not to him but a better pen picture of Bush/Cheney/Rice I have yet to see.As for the American people being undeterred, I can only say SOME maybe and they are in the main people without knowledge of anything outside their own bailiwick and accept all the propaganda from their officials and a compliant Capitalist Press.
There are many loyal Americans who do not accept that it is their Country right or wrong that should be believed. Well not whilst this fascist minded lot are in power. Tom Edgar Australia.
tomedgar@halenet.com.au

Tom Edgar, Aruba - 01 April, 2006

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