What does it say about you?
What does it say about your countries? What does it say
about your institutions? What does it say about your
governments, your "culture", your "civilization", your
history, your "progress", your "values", your
Have you ever stopped and pondered these questions? Have
you ever stopped and asked yourselves ; how come?
How come we are so advanced, how come we are so
democratic, how come we are so great, how come we are so
free...And how come we allow so much murder, oppression,
abuse, go unaccounted for ?
Have you ever asked yourself this question ?
I was just listening to the BBC World radio. A report
from Oxfam - and in your eyes that makes it credible -
over 70 % of us Iraqis, no longer have access to clean
I say no longer have
because I remember not so long ago, one could turn on
the tap and drink. As simple as that.
The report goes on to say that over 50% of Iraqis are
under nourished and 1 out of 3 is literally starving.
And that 50% live in abject poverty. 50% !!!
Again, I remember a time, even during the "civilized"
sanctions that your countries imposed upon us, everyone
had to eat. Not much, but there was food.
The Iraqi government had developed a system of rationing
that, to this day, still leaves your top U.N reps in
When I mention that in my posts, I am accused of waging
a war of disinformation, psy-ops and being a paid agent.
Now you listen to me and you get off your butts and
read. Educate yourselves, oh great people of the West.
A few years back, you could not even locate Iraq on a
map . Now you have all suddenly become experts on Her.
Prior to your liberation, there was no starvation in
Iraq. Prior to your liberation, there was no abject
poverty, the kind we witness today. Prior to your
liberation, kids did not stutter out of fear. Prior to
your liberation, they went to free schools, learned,
grew up and became full functioning adults, with
degrees, diplomas and expertise. No, we did not have
learning impediments before your liberation.
Today 92 % of Iraqi children suffer from it. Today, 99%
of Iraqi children are traumatized for life.
So I ask you again - Why ?
What have Iraqis done to you? Did they invade you? Did
they steal your homes? Did they imprison you? Did they
torture you? Did they rape you? Did they occupy your
Of course, some of you will come and present me with
your usual condescending, paternalistic, patronizing
lists of political theories, attempting to explain the
Save your time and energy. I know all about your
I know all about your theories of imperialism, neo-cons,
zionists...I also know all about your handy explanations
regarding oil, cartels, monopolies, globalization...
None of that satisfies me. I still need to know why?
Why us? why Iraq? why this? why now?
If you fail to answer that question, then you would have
not learned one single thing about yourselves.
And I say yourselves, because your governments are a
reflection of who you are, your aspirations, your
mindsets, your thinking, your illusions...You are part
of it and it is part of you.
And all I can see right now are nothing but murderous
thoughts - yours.
A few days ago, I was reading an article about a french
film producer called Alain Tasma who has just finished
directing a film on the Rwandan Genocide.
During "Operation Turquoise", between 700'000 and
900'000 Rwandans perished.
None of you, not a single one of you, had any objections
to calling it a Genocide.
It was a given, it was accepted, it was fact. And
rightly so, because it was a genocide.
But when it comes to Iraq, all sorts of counter figures
pop up. All kinds of other statistics are put forward to
try to prove "well, yes but"...
Again my question is why ?
Why did you accept it without questions in the case of
Rwanda, why did you accept it without questions in the
case of the Holocaust, why is it when it comes to Arabs
and Arab Muslims in particular, it becomes a topic for
debate and nit picking? And "it" refers to Genocide.
Can you answer this question?
Why is it that what happened over 60 years ago in your
lands, still makes you grovel in mortification and
supplications of forgiveness but when it comes to us,
you have so many "red flags"?
Your phrases are almost always qualified with a "yes
What does that tell me about you? It tells me exactly
what I said earlier on, you and your governments are one
and the same.
And you will come and say "yes but... I did not vote",
"yes but, I sent an email", "yes but....yes but...yes
I don't care for your "yes buts". I truly don't.
And that applies to all of you. All of you whose
goverments have a finger in the Iraqi pie.
If you had really wanted, you could have easily gone out
en masse, in front of your government's offices...
If only 5 million of you, not more, only 5 million, had
done that and had thrown your passports in a huge
bonfire in front of your White house, 10 Downing sreet
or wherever the hell you happen to be, then I am sure,
we would not be experiencing what we are experiencing
There are also mass pickets, sit ins, huge
There are ways, many ways. You just need to get your
"creativity" going. Or maybe you are just creative in
I don't care much for your opinions and comments
anymore. Actually I don't give a damn.
All I know is that you have participated directly or
indirectly in the crime. That is all I know.
But there is still a little hope left.
Go and sit with yourself for a little while and ask
yourself why and then ask yourself what am I supposed to
I can assure you, answers will come to you.
For those of you who prefer to sit and engage in quid
pro quos of ifs and buts, then I can already tell you in
advance, you are a hopeless case. And I will not even
bother to ask why.
Layla Anwar, Who am I ? The
eternal Question . Have not figured it out fully yet .
All you need to know about me is that I am a Middle
Easterner ,an Arab Woman - into my 40's and old enough
to know better . I have no homeland per se . I live in
Iraq,Lebanon,Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Egypt
simultaneously .... All the rest is icing on the cake