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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Carnival of the Not Feeling So Terribly Liberated - Christmas Edition

posted by Jazz at 12/23/2004 09:21:00 AM


A brief roundup of quotes and links from Iraqi bloggers. There is no substitute for getting information straight from the foxhole, so to speak.

Najma, who writes A Star From Mosul, tells us:
We didn't go to school because the bridges are all blocked now, and we think there's a curfew too..
Right now, they say at the news at Mosul TV:

"The bridges are closed, and who won't obey will be punished severely"

While at al-Jazeera, they said:

"The governor of Mosul announced closing all Mosul bridges and is threatening to kill anyone who'll approach to them".
Riverbend recently posted her Christmas wish list. All I can say is, when your wish list includes items like "running water" you really remind Americans of how much they have to be thankful for.
When Santa delivers please make sure he is wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet. He should also politely ring the doorbell or knock, as a more subtle entry might bring him face to face with an AK-47. With the current fuel shortage, reindeer and a sleigh are highly practical- but Rudolph should be left behind as the flashing red nose might create a bomb scare (we're all a little jumpy lately).
Next, Rose of Diary from Baghdad, writes a very hopeful piece on "Christmas in Iraq." However, she also includes some "man on the street" insight into an argument she had with her father about the looming possibilities of a civil war.
also today, my father told me that he is afraid from a civil war, he said that those who are doing these things they know exactly what they are doing. I tried to tell him it�s impossible but he said no, they will succeed in making a civil war and then divide Iraq to peaces. I still don�t believe in this, The US will not allow this to happen because it will mean that they have failed in everything they fought for.
Moving on, Hammorabi makes a claim that I haven't seen in the newspapers yet.
The US forces kicked out the governor of Mosel today and they probably controlling the city themselves.
Abu Khaleel writes a long piece where he dreams about an ideal world.
In a better world, the American administration would apologize ... To the Iraqi people for all the unnecessary suffering and loss of innocent life, the looting, the destruction of the infrastructure of their country, for the terrorists they lured into their country, for the lawlessness and for putting the country on the road to total anarchy and ruin. The actual list is much longer, but one shouldn't be too greedy!
Kurdo gives the Kurdistan perspective on his doubts about the upcoming elections.
Elections are not some magic-sticks that could touch Iraq and make it as safe as heaven. I remember in 1992 before the Kurdistani general elections, we had this view of Kurdistan after the elections. A free, organised, democratic, western style country.

There was even some TV serieses called "After the Parliament". In these TV programmes, they used to show Kurdistan as a (arms-free), democratic, prosperous country. In the shows, a few people were saying "When is this going to happen"? The answer and the end of the show was "Dwaii Parlaman" "After electing the Parliament".

But, after the elections, Kurdistan turned into hell. A bloody civil war that continued for about 7 years devastated the country.
That's about all for this week. Let's hope they are all still alive and blogging after the holidays.