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Sunday, May 08, 2005

It's America's fault

Everything bad happening in this world, and I mean everything, is America’s fault. The ruler is oppressing the people; it’s America’s fault. All Arab leaders are no good; it’s America’s fault. There are lots of problems in Africa; it’s America’s fault. Saddam was brutal and killed many innocents; it’s America’s fault. Saddam invaded Kuwait; it’s America’s fault. Sanctions were imposed on Iraq; It’s America’s fault. 9/11 killed about 3000 innocents; it’s America’s fault. Islamophobia is increasing; it’s America’s fault. There are terrorists in the world; it’s America’s fault. Someone died in Iraq yesterday; it’s America’s fault. Someone will die in Palestine tomorrow; it’s America’s fault. And so on and so forth, it is always America’s fault.

That’s how the Muslim and or Arab mind works. It’s America’s fault; those are the magic words that when you say, everybody will nod in agreement and then everyone will try to highlight another problem which is again America’s fault.

Sorry my American friends, but no matter what you do; it is always your fault.

I was in a party yesterday and a friend of mine who just came back from the States was talking about the fabulous time he had there and how friendly people are. He went to NY for three weeks on a business trip and he ended up in a presidential suite because the hotel was full. How lucky is that? Anyway, he talked about how friendly and nice people are and it is something we miss here in London.

Anyway, he then talked about the airport and the security checks, which wasn’t too bad for him because he’s been there twice before on business trips and he doesn’t look like an Arab, even though it was written on his British Passport that he was born in Baghdad but still he is blondish.

At that point another guys turned to me and start talking about how bad these security checks can be; and I said yes, but they have to and its there right. And he said, yes I agree with them too and I want these security checks its for our safety; but it’s all there fault. And I said, who’s fault? America’s fault, he said! Interesting. So I asked, how is it that it’s America’s fault. All is America’s fault, he said, they created Israel in the middle of the Arab Nations, etc! I knew were this was going and I didn’t need to here it, so I just stopped him there and told him that it has nothing to do with America’s.

I told him how in the 70s and early 80s, when I was a kid, we used to travel around Europe every summer and when decide to go to a country that we didn’t plan to go to, we just go there and get a visa in the airport, on the spot. I told him how our Iraqi passport used to be respected everywhere like any European or American passport today and he was shocked. He didn’t know because he is a non-Iraqi Arab. I also told him how Saudi’s, until recently, used to get the British visa in the airport and used to get the America visa with no problem. Again he was shocked.

So I told him it’s our fault, we are the bad guys and we brought this to ourselves. So he said, okay, but they should do these security checks on everybody, why they single us out? And I told him, we know that we are the bad guys and they know that we are the bad guys, so why do we fool ourselves? We have a problem and we have to tackle it, if we don’t talk about it and solve it, it will not be solved.

After that, he said, yes Arabs are SOBs; and I said, absolutely, now we are talking. So then he went on how his old parents couldn’t get visa to another Arab country and how Arabs treat other Arabs as second class and how the whole Arab world is messed up. Eventually he started make sense.

The point is that these security checks are created because some of us and in our name behaved badly, and it is there to protect the good people from the bad ones.

The problem is that when Arabs / Muslims talk, they blame America for everything without thinking and the worst part is that when someone blames America the rest agree! I mean, if I had let him finish what he was saying, he would’ve ended up with an Arab Nationalism speech and said something like; America created Israel and they help them and they have to pay for being Israel’s best allay. I know where he was going, but I didn’t want to ruin the party and end up talking about the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the right for Israel and Palestine to coexist.

14 Comments:

Blogger Brian H said...

Very gutsy and welcome response and viewpoint, Ahmad. The consequences of "fooling oneself" can be very severe, and Sweden is a good example, according to this long, detailed post from Fjordman. So it's hardly exclusively an Arab or French problem!

May 08, 2005 5:24 pm  
Blogger Dilnareen said...

a relative of mine was stuck in the security check in miami airport for about an hour for having iraq on his passport, and he was like "and another thing to thank bin ladin for"

May 08, 2005 9:12 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Good for you Ahmad. I wonder how many say this but think otherwise? To speak as you did, and eventually as your fellow party goer did, in the face of such a massive wall of rhetoric and hatred, takes courage. But the more people speak up and become honest, the more easy it will be for others. I think you and other bloggers - and the organizers of the march in the US coming up - are leaders and many, many more than just this fellow at the party are waiting for you to lead the way. Every cause like this needs a Martin Luther King Jr. I think such leadership is beginning to emerge.

May 09, 2005 1:47 am  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

And I bet if peace and prosperity break out everywhere, THAT will be America's fault, too!

Geez! We just can't catch a break. But, we can catch a wave! Kowabunga, dude!!

May 09, 2005 2:01 am  
Blogger Nancy said...

ok here is my story...I agree completely that security checks are a must especially after what has been going on in the world...I went to the airport as I was going on a trip to the U.K. recentely...I usually don't have problems when flying locally in the U.S. b/c frankly I don't look Iraqi:( anyways, but since I was flying international I had to carry a travel document which said that I was Iraqi, so they marked my ticket so that I can be checked more thoroughly...hmmm, the security guys in the U.S. were extremely nice and they did the check-up quickly all the while chatting with me about where I was flying to etc. unlike in London airport-no offense to any English people-but the lady made me take my boots off, my scarve, my hat...I thought she was going to make me take my clothes off too...I mean, come on be reasonable I don't look like a terrorist now do I? but even though I was extremely tired and was about to lose my temper with the lady (not that that would have done me any good) I remembered what my dad told me once "it shouldn't bother us if they search us thoroughly if we have nothing to hid or fear, after all they are doing it for OUR security too since we ARE living in their countries and anything that happens here will affect us" oh how so true...in short, these security checks have become a part of the 21st century terrorist-filled world, they shouldn't bother anyone, and certainly no one must say that they go against individual freedoms b/c it is these checks that ensure we remain living in free societies-free from fear, free from terror and I think that is what matters most!!!

May 09, 2005 3:11 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish there were not groups of people trying to destroy open societies by taking advantage of the fact that they are open. I don't really see harassing Arab people at the airport as a solid security measure, after all you can walk across the border between Mexico and the US.

Brian H, your link is a bit offensive. You cannot expect people to move to a country and change into a frenchman or Englishman. If a country welcomes immigrants they should prepare to welcome change. I am not suggesting that if Muslims live in your country you have to welcome Sharia (sp?) law, but if someone enters the country as a Muslim, Jew or Christian they will still be a few days later. You would not appreciate someone claiming that all American soldiers are abusing people. I hope you don't think Muslims are trying to destroy your society just because some are.

The funny thing about anti-americanism is how little it will affect Americans. Most Americans will ignore it, "this is un-pleasent which makes it un-important, lets go water skiing."

May 09, 2005 4:31 am  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

I have no problem with these check points. I'd rather me and everyone on my flight being searched than something to happen in the air.

They've been strict in Japan for many years now -- even before 9/11. The security officers check your passport and search your luggage before you enter the airport premises.

May 09, 2005 5:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a college student in the US...one spring break I traveled to Jordan and Israel so my mother could go see where Jesus lived. Well, as we were leaving Israel, the search they did on my mother was really, (I mean really) thorough!

A member of my family looks Arab(he's not) and sometimes gets profiled and searched at airports
but he is OK about it as it is safer.

If your friend thought New York was friendly...he should have traveled inland...He wouldn't believe how friendly they are.

I will say this...it is hard knowing that we are so villified sometimes. It is so unrealistic.

May 09, 2005 9:21 am  
Anonymous Kalissa said...

Your approach to this is one that is not only revolutionary and different, but could make enemies if you're not careful. While I tend to disagree with the assumption that it's one nationality's fault and not a group effort, your approach is different, seeing your heritage, and if there could only be an attempt made at understanding and resolving, (which hundreds of years of brainwashing's going to make sure it DOESN'T happen) then there would be a lot less fighting and needless bloodshed.

May 16, 2005 12:17 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the probability that ahmad is not ahmad but some guy names Jason

October 20, 2005 7:21 pm  
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