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Iraqi Expat

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Views from Iraq

Throughout today, from dawn to dusk Baghdad time, BBC News has gone behind the headlines to take an in-depth look at life in Iraq. One Day in Iraq: At-a-glance.

Here are some of the comments of Iraqis and non-Iraqis:
I am a British military engineer working to try and improve the Iraqi electrical system. Despite the gloomy news you read from Iraq every day, there is also much good work going on across the country to improve all aspects of the nation's infrastructure. Every Iraqi that I have met has been welcoming, kind and friendly and I consider myself lucky to be in a position to help The rights or wrongs of the war seem a totally irrelevant from where I am sat. I simply believe my contribution here is worthwhile.
Ross, Basrah, Iraq
From BBCArabic.com: In spite of all the bad things we face on a daily basis in Iraq, life is beautiful without Saddam. Today there's a lot of talk about sectarianism but no one looks back to remember who the people Saddam governed Iraq with were. Today even as you see Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and others in the government there is talk about sectarianism and monopolisation of power by one group. Are 35 years of Ba'athist rule not considered sectarianism! The problem today in Iraq is the breath of Ba'athism and sectarianism that still hovers over the minds of some people and we should fight that to live in peace like other people.
Jalal Baghdadi, Baghdad
Did you read that? Life is beautiful without Saddam.
As an Iraqi, I am uniquely qualified to post on this discussion. First off, life is definitely better under the coalition than under Saddam. Saddam's regime killed thousands of my fellow Iraqis. The only way people in the "West" don't see this is because they have a media with a liberal bias.
Abdul Al Suja, Ramallah, Iraq
Can he be anymore right? Spot on.
From BBCArabic.com: Iraq is a country that has been suffering from wars and bloody conflicts for 5,000 years and what you see now is a decisive episode of the bloody Iraqi saga. Perhaps its richness is what attracts all these wars, or maybe it's the despair of its people - whatever the reason the result is the death of innocents, the spread of fear, terror and injustice. I don't remember any period longer than a year without wars and destruction. Now the dream of every honourable Iraqi is to live in peace and quiet. We have grown accustomed to storing food and the basics of life. My hope from God is to grant the people of Iraq peace.
Heymen, Irbil
From BBCArabic.com: Is the Iraqi situation that bad? Yes there are some problems but things are going in the right direction. The residents of any area can make it safe or otherwise. When you shelter insurgents you have to expect trouble. As for the sectarian issue, this is promoted by some Arab channels which refuse to have democratic governments like that of Iraq, and time will prove this.
Ahmad al-Saadi, al-Amara
From BBCArabic.com: I want to say that the situation in Iraq is not good, but we can see that the heroes of Iraq sacrifice themselves to keep the smiles on the faces of the children. Pray to God to preserve the heroes of the police and the army and the guards and every honourable Iraqi who protects the smiles of the children and women of Iraq.
Iraqi citizen, Baghdad
Those heros are the true freedom fighters and may god bless them.
From BBCArabic.com: I have visited my country after 24 years of abroad and I have seen such joy at the downfall of the most tyrannical regime in history that I had never seen before.
Mohammad al-Baydani, Sydney, Australia
There is one question that I would like to see answered by Iraqis in Iraq. "If you could return to your life in Iraq as it was before the allied invasion, would you? A simple yes or no would reveal far more than pages of biased reporting by disinterested journalists.
Al, UK
May I ask all Iraqis who are reading this to answer Al with a simple yes or no in the comments section. My answer is of course, NO.


Anonymous Osama - Iraqi said...


June 07, 2005 6:50 pm  
Blogger Nancy said...

definitely NOOOOOOOOOOO!

June 07, 2005 9:05 pm  
Blogger GNN Staff Writer said...

Please forgive me if this posting seems inappropriate. I need a favor from Conservative political blogs. If you have a moment, please read this posting on my blog, and then let me know when I can return the favor. Thanks.


June 08, 2005 1:22 am  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Absolutely NO.

June 08, 2005 2:43 am  
Anonymous Annie said...

Thanks for posting that Ahmad! These are the people I've been praying for for many years! May peace come soon to these good people!

June 08, 2005 2:50 am  
Blogger Omar said...

Definitely NO.

June 08, 2005 3:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutly yes

June 08, 2005 4:39 am  
Blogger Nancy said...

notice how the only "yes" so far is posted under anon. tsk tsk tsk... why anon, what are you afraid of? if this is really your opinion why don't say it loud and be proud of it?

June 08, 2005 5:01 am  
Blogger Fayrouz said...


You were faster than me to ask annon. the same question.

June 08, 2005 6:01 am  
Blogger aNarki-13 said...

uhh.. NO.
but there are some things i would like to have again, i know that eventually they will return and their absence is a result of the liberation, but i still miss some silly little things.. like i said, silly little things and i can live without them!


June 08, 2005 6:19 am  
Blogger Aunt Najma said...

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June 08, 2005 9:12 am  
Blogger Aunt Najma said...

If this would return all the dead ones, I would do anything to give a chance to Aya to see her grandpa, to have a meal outside like before, to let mom drive again, to have NORMAL conversations with relatives (Not just political) and to be able to love Iraq much more than I do now..

Not simple silly things.. Back then, I didn't know how important mobiles, the Internet or receivers were. I will not hesitate to give a chance to the people to live peacefully again.

By the way, I am making a big sacrifice here, and I might regret it then if it happened as I got addicted to the Internet.. But I certainly regret war now. Many Americans want to go back to the time it hadn't begun, they lost their sons too!

June 08, 2005 9:20 am  
Blogger salam said...

I saw the question on the BBC site at the time and my first reaction was this guy has no grasp of the compelxity of the situation. There is no simple Yes or No.

How can you ask of anyone who has lost a family member to saddam's henchmen to say they want to return to life under Saddam?

And how can you expect anyone who has suffered under the total loss of security and safety and maybe also lost a family member during or after the war to say they see the current situation as a picnic in the heavens of freedom and democracy?

And note that the two situations are not mutually exclusive.

SO.... being the optimistic fool I always try to be, I will say NO, why would you want to turn back the clock.
BUT I also stress the point made by the previous comment, people have lost lives and made huge sacrafices and the question "was it worth it?" has not yet been asnwered for many of us. The only way all these huge sacrafices are vindicated is when we see Iraq really turning into what ot potentially can be; a prosperous peacful country very rich in ethnic and religious diversity.

June 08, 2005 11:57 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...

No one is claiming that it is a picnic. There are problems now and there were problems then.

Read my explaination.

June 08, 2005 2:04 pm  
Blogger Vahal Abdulrahman said...


June 08, 2005 2:16 pm  
Blogger Aunt Najma said...

Salam, you explained it very well..

I think if I had a relative killed by Saddam, I wouldn't hesitate to say No, but I haven't lost anyone because of him (At least not directly)..

June 08, 2005 2:51 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...


Read the link Ahmed left for Salam to understand why it's NOT about me or you or even Ahmed who lost people because of Saddam and this war.


June 08, 2005 4:15 pm  
Blogger Akba said...

No.... Iraq didn't exist for me when saddam was in power. It did not exist for any of my relatives. We were a people without our land or our soul. Yes, times are hard and the sacrifices are heavy, but its better this way than living like a caged animal under saddam.
we are a people reborn. and we should be grateful for that.

June 08, 2005 7:40 pm  
Blogger Dilnareen said...

i know for alot of people it isnt easy to answer this question as it was back in april 9 2003, especially to those who've lost family after that.
We all hoped we could move forward directly after the war, unfortunately now we are split between 2 types ppl those who would like to throw us back either to saddams dark ages and others who would like to throw us back a couple of thousands years.

But all that aside i think there still exists hope for progress where there wasn't any before.

June 08, 2005 8:21 pm  
Anonymous roller rebwar said...


next please

June 08, 2005 11:14 pm  
Blogger 0023 said...

Well said by Fayrouz, in my opinion.

It seems everyone these days is asking "Was it worth it"? Has anyone read Howard Fineman's latest article on Iraq?--http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8145093/site/newsweek/

He asserts that Iraqis have no "feel" for the democracy "we [the U.S.] want to create". That's a pretty meaty qualifier--obviously so, or Iraqis would have elected representatives and senators.

But I think the implication he was making was that Iraqis have no "feel" for democracy at all. I heard similar statements from the radio host Jay Severin, and am wondering how popular this train of thinking is.

I figured some of the commenters on this thread might have strong opinions on the substance of Fineman's article, and that you're a more appropriate "we" to give opinions on what kind of government Iraqis want.

Anyway, I thought it was coincidental that everyone is taking stock lately. Thanks.

June 09, 2005 4:05 am  
Blogger 0023 said...

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June 09, 2005 4:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how it will all end, because a democracy always changes. There is some value to not knowing what the future will hold.


June 09, 2005 5:30 am  
Blogger Sami said...


-The fall of Saddam
-The killing of his sons
-The capture of Saddam in the hole
-The chance of hope and a better future
-The chance for my futre grandchildren to never have to know what my grandparents had to live through.
-The elections that no matter what the results is a building block in a long process.

June 09, 2005 12:43 pm  
Anonymous Ali said...


June 09, 2005 4:04 pm  
Blogger Hassan said...

A simple no.

I don't think I want to be back in the time were I didn't even know how to send or receive an Email, yes it is true that security is not like the old times, but that is not going to last on forever, Iraq might become the Iraq we always wanted it to be.


June 09, 2005 5:17 pm  
Anonymous Muhannad said...


June 10, 2005 12:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


June 10, 2005 9:07 am  

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