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Iraqi Expat

Sunday, April 24, 2005

How could life be better when...

Many people, including the Mail on Sunday and Peter Hitchens, claim that Iraq was better off under Saddam, that the war has brought poverty, destruction and death, that the elections were meaningless and fraudulent, and the funniest of all is that a new Saddam regime is being created.

While there are problems in Iraq today, most of these problems existed before the war too; the only difference is that it rarely got reported, no one dared to talk about it and it was much worse than it is now.

There are security problems in Iraq, created by many including those who made Iraq look secure and stable in the eyes of the world during Saddam’s rule; but were Iraqis really secure back then? If you think that when the security servicemen come to your house and wipe out your family is security, then Iraqis were secure! If you think that when the government terrorize people is security, then Iraqis were secure!

These people use shallow argument to attack policies and people they disagree with, to make political gains, and or to show their opposition. They are living in denial and will continue to do so because they can not accept change, even if that change is right. They choose to ignore facts and only see what the leftists mainstream media show. They choose to ignore the horrors that the Iraqis used to live by everyday under Saddam’s rule.

How could someone claim that life for Iraqis was better under Saddam, when Saddam killed so many Iraqis in cold blood and terrorized the rest?

How could it be better when a village like Halabja could get exterminated so easily? How could it be better when hundred of thousands could get buried in mass graves? How could it be better when you and your family could vanish from the face of the earth for criticizing Saddam or his family? How could it be better when you could be executed for laughing on a joke about Saddam? How could it be better when your daughter or sister could get raped by Uday because he felt like it and you can do nothing about it? How could it be better when you could get killed in front of your family for not giving way in the road to Saddam’s 20 years old nephew?

How could life be better when 1/2 a million child have to die because of Saddam’s pride and stupidity?

How could it be better when extravagant palaces and mosques get built while people starving? How could it be better when all these palaces serve three meals a day in case Saddam shows up, but had to throw it all away if he didn’t and not even the servants are allowed to eat that food? How could it be better then when you make $3 dollars a month after over 16 years of education? How could it be better when your life, your country and its wealth is owned by one family?

How could life be better when god (Saddam) is so brutal and unjust?

How could it be better when elections and referendums are won by 99.99%? How could it be better when a Baathist is looking over your shoulder to check that you ticked yes to Saddam? How could it be better when you can not elect the government you support? How could it be better when you are forced to demonstrate your love and loyalty to Saddam? How could it be better when you know all the above but can not complain about it or change it?

How could life be better when you have no hope?

Living hopelessly is much more destructive than any problem you see in Iraq today, and Iraqis were hopeless before the war. If you don’t see the possibility of a bright future for Iraq, if you have no hope today, then you must be either blind, short sighted or living in denial.


Blogger Louise said...


You scared me there, for a moment. I thought you meant Christopher Hitchens.

April 24, 2005 10:26 pm  
Anonymous Annie said...

Hi Ahmad!

Those leftists are getting more and more troublesome and removed from reality. I read a study on leftist thinking that said that almost every criminal is a leftist thinker, but that not every leftist is a criminal...just such simplistic thinking that they are generally of a much lower IQ. (Some, who have taken over journalism and Universities almost seem criminal!) Anyway, so many of them seem to think that if they behaved themselves, they would have done fine in Saddam Hussein's time. ("Simplistic" is saying it too mildly)

You are much kinder than I, in calling these people blind, short sighted or in denial. I can think of many descriptors for them..... but I will resist the temptation of doing any name calling on your blog! (;

April 25, 2005 1:41 am  
Blogger CJ said...

Ahmad, beautifully said. How also is it better that because of their belief that life was better under Saddam they still allow the terrorists to kill openly at mosques and where women and children walk?

April 25, 2005 9:24 pm  
Anonymous Luke S said...

You are right. The modern left-wing today is effectively made up of Saddam apologists who wish to support the terrorists in Iraq just because the more lives lost in Iraq, the less worthy a cause it looks like. They are looking for any excuse to criticise and oppose George W Bush, even if it means supporting fundamentalist murderers.

Whilst Iraq may not be the safest place in the world at the moment, the propspects of it getting any safer, or indeed more democratic, under Saddam (or an Uday or Qusay dictoatorship) were none. To see thousands of Iraqis queuing up, risking their lives to vote made me feel warm inside. Everybody now must pull together and support Iraqi Democracy instead of supporting the terrorists just because they oppose Bush.

April 25, 2005 9:26 pm  
Blogger Dilnareen said...

Thank you so much Ahmed for writing that. I am fed up of ppl who've never seen iraq telling me how iraq was such a wonderful place when saddam ran it.
As for the islamic thing going on in Iraq it has been running since post-1991, when iraq started this islamic enlightenment phase so that it could look good to arab/islamic countries who didn't like iraq when it was secular
Ive been to baghdad in the late 90s and trust me u didnt feel comfortable as girl walking down the street even if u were in the baggiest shirts and trousers.

April 25, 2005 9:48 pm  
Anonymous Muhannad said...

Excellent post, Ahmed. I have relatives in Baghdad, and although they fear being blown up by suicide bombers these days, they definitely don't miss the days of Saddam and the mukhabarat.

April 26, 2005 1:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't take this article too seriously. We are in the middle of an electoral campaign over here in the U.K., and the Daily Mail is Pro-Conservative and Anti-Labour.

Because the Labour party is Tony Blair's party, the Daily Mail often attacks the Prime Minister and his policies, and some of these attacks are quite fierce and vitriolic. Especially now, given the fact that there is an upcoming election in a few day's time.

The Daily Mail likes to portray Britain's involvement in the Iraq war as Illegal and unethical, for no other reason than to attack the Prime Minister and influence the outcome of the election in favour of the Conservatives.

Trust me, if it had been Margaret Thatcher in power today, and she had done the same thing that Tony Blair had done in Iraq, that same article would have read very differently. Britain's involvement in Iraq would have been the best thing that has happened since Winston Churchill invaded Germany !

What I'm trying to say is, do not perceive this article as anything other than a rather sordid little piece of Conservative Party propaganda written for domestic consumption.

And please keep up the good work. We are praying for you.

Phil, London.

April 26, 2005 1:30 am  
Blogger Gateway Pundit said...

Ahmad- That was a great posting! I am sure that most all Americans do not know what you said about the conditions in Iraq before Saddam was ousted. The media here tries to paint a picture that it was "Kids with Kites" like MM's horrible movie. Thank you for the information and best to you.
I hope you don't mind that I am going to link to you.
Much Respect,

April 26, 2005 1:39 am  
Blogger J. Francis Lehman said...

I can only echo what others here have said. Excellent post; your written voice rings out in my mind with the clear timbre of truth laid bare.

My only comment to Phil from London is that just because it's partisan hackery doesn't mean it should get a free pass; to the contrary, this sort of tripe, no matter the origins or reasons, should always be held up for inspection. Perhaps if the clods who write it are subjected to enough worldwide ridicule they'll eventually desist. The intellectual pollution they cause is very damaging to the overall mindset of the human race.

April 26, 2005 8:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said Ahmed,
The same people who killed innocent people under Sadam's regime are still doing it. It looks worse because the media is watching, back when Sadam was running his deadly show killing thousands the media did not care.

Of course you now have the Al Quaida in Irak group who, in the name of Islam are killing as many muslims as possible calling them infidels.
It's funny that all these infidel muslims just happen to be Shias!
It's obvious they want to trigger a civil war but the people (sunni & shia alike) are not buying it!

They don't blow themselves up in Sunni Mosques during funerals or Friday prayers, no, just in Shia Mosques.

It seems that in the eyes of Al Quaeda that if you are a Shia, its OK to blow you to pieces. Where in the Koran did they find that?

April 26, 2005 10:40 pm  
Blogger CWhite said...

Thank you for the post Ahmad. In the U.S., our political discussions seemingly always get around to Iraq. Many Americans claim we have done something evil in your nation.

Comments like yours are the only thing that keep many of us comfortable with the U.S. action in Iraq.

I have posted a link to your words in Eclectic Floridian if that's ok.

Thanks again

April 28, 2005 8:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your words leave me speechless. Living in fear and with no hope is no life at all. I have to agree the war was pursued with no thought to the aftermath. Having taken over Iraq, America must see to it that a stable governments that guarantees physical safety, freedom to disent, and pursuit of free enterprise is set up.

January 03, 2008 2:50 pm  

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