Monday, September 27, 2004

Frustration of The Iraqi Person

A few days ago, I read a good article written by Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashid, manager of Al-Arabya TV station. The article was published on Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper last week. Here's the translation:

Frustration of the Iraqi Person

The divider between hope and hopelessness is very thin in a country like Iraq. For a moment, the future looks wonderful and promises really good things. In another moment, it looks disappointing because of the current events. Whenever a riot dies, another one raises its head.

The emergence of Al-Najaf crisis and the call to open fire were real desperate moments for many people. Before this time, things were going wonderful with the resolve of the new parliament’s members, who risked their lives to pursue the new National Assembly. Suddenly, however, the fighting started in Al-Najaf. The bombs and statements warned of a civil war, which looked like it was capable. This dread started to spread geographically and publicly to a degree that pushed many to declare the burial of the new Iraq. To our surprise, two weeks passed with extreme violence and suddenly the war was put out. Muqtada A-Sadr’s group announced its withdrawal from the fight and the government entered Al-Najaf representing all Iraqis. Also, the government troops opened successively the fortresses in cities of Al-Sadr, Basra and Kufa. It became clear that all Iraqis won -- including the ones who fought on the other side.

The moment of satisfaction did not pass completely before queues of death cars appeared everywhere. They struck at schools, recruitment centers, embassies and popular suburbs. Typical kidnappings of foreigners have risen for all citizenships and professions. Also, more university professors were kidnapped and killed. It’s a war against Iraq and Iraqis because those targeted were not officials in the government or American and British troops. Rather, they were ordinary citizens or foreigners in development and important sectors to the ordinary people. This war means only one thing: it’s not resistance, but a deliberate destroyable operation that wants to turn Iraq into ruins.

We must ask who has an interest in committing this crime. It can’t be an Iraqi resistance -- even if it wanted to overthrow the regime or to cause harm to the foreign troops. If this was the goal, it wasn’t going to explode cars at the ordinary people’s bodies. Further, it wouldn’t kidnap and kill university professors in an organized way. Also, it’s impossible to be a local resistance while it targets students only because they are Shia.

Despite many dangerous, frustrating moments that we can’t be allowed to underestimate its influence, I bet on the Iraqi insistence to build their promised country as it holds the secret of the possible success. They have more abilities to bear everything happening and continue looking forward to see this darkness driven away. They would have their country as they dreamed of it for the last 30 years, and not like some Arabs and others want to see it.

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashid

I'll try to translate more articles whenever I have time. No arabic word of the post. I did my homework by translating the article.

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