Tell Me a Secret: Not Again!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Not Again!

I got home yesterday to find that a car-bomb exploded just couple of hours before, about 100 meter away only from our house.
I entered the house and saw the pieces of glass and decorations on the ground...
"Not again!" I told myself.
I checked on the neighbors to see if they all were alright, and then went to the explosion site, in front of one of the most poplar markets in the area, one Iraqi woman died, few injured and many cars were burned, and heaps of broken glass shrapnel on the ground around the site.
"terrorists "....
I told myself...
"Criminal terrorists".
before the war, I don't remember having terrorists putting car-bombs in front of local markets.
before the occupation, I don't even remember that I knew the term car-bomb.
Since last year, a rate of 50-60 attacks per day against the occupation were recorded, and among these 50-60 attacks, a very small minority causes any loses in lives or damages to properties, but chose any day, like the day of this car-bomb, and you will find the occupation forces and the government reporting to the media almost only the attacks that hurt civilians or properties, just as a part of the government's/occupation's efforts to discredit resistance, as if resistance is responsible for all terrorism that is taking place in Iraq.
One day terrorism will go away, and by terrorism I mean the occupation, and all it's tails, and the rest of the terrorists right after.
resistance? Cool
terrorism? NOT cool!


Blogger romanesq said...

It's a daily sadness to see the terrorists continue to kill Iraqi civilians. To see it in one's own neighborhood even more so.

Who are the terrorists? Are they not the same people who directed the slaughter of Iraqis behind closed doors? Is not their agenda to show the civilians that they are not going away and will return to from the shadows to destroy civilians at will once again?

Of course there will be no "terrorism" if the coalition leaves. Because the cowering civilians who make excuses for their actions now willl do nothing when they begin rounding up the people for torture and execution will do nothing.

It's all okay when the slaughter is done out of sunlight.

Resistance? What resistance? I only see the continued attempts to intimidate the freedom and democratic loving people of Iraq? There are of course resisters, but they do not make up any resistance movement.

The resisters are well funded Bathists and fundamentalists butchers brought to you by your favorite local Sunni mosque.

That's a future worth supporting? I think most Iraqis have already been polled on the question. The Sunni militants and their brethren are not seeking any election victory.

They seek victory by intimidation and blood. Any cowards who make excuses for them are also welcome.

5/12/2005 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Ninnevah said...

hold on....i dont agree with all that...why dont you see it from the point of view that the resistance are ppl with their own families that cannot live the peaceful life that they would like due to the occupation forces being present, so this is their way of saying "you are not wanted"

5/12/2005 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course there is an iraqi resistance, and with good reason!

the u.s. invaded, installed a puppet government filled with Iraqi ex-patriots, rewrote the laws to privatize the iraqi economy so it could be controlled by western interests, and now is building permanent military bases. There is no plan to leave. Just the opposite. The U.S. is interested in controlling the flow of oil and in the military domination of the region.

To add insult to injury, add the torture at Abu Graib, the demolition of Fallujah, and as many as 100,000 Iraqis killed (mostly by Americans and foreign troops).

So of course, there is an Iraqi resistance. I see this as a continuing phase in a war of occupation and colonial control. Weapons of mass destruction (that was pure bullshit invented by bush and company to invade).

Remember, the U.S. protected the oil ministry during the invasion (when most other ministries, hospitals, precious artifacts, the library went unprotected). Hmmm, now why was that I wonder!!?

5/12/2005 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, it seems to me that ordinary civilians are paying most of the price of whatever ideological battles are being waged. The US seeks to protect and expand corporate interests, the Ba'athists seek to regain lost power, jihadists seek to pursue their extremist agenda, and all of them think nothing of the multitude of innocents that they harm with their actions. None of them care for the carpenters, shopkeepers, plumbers, teachers and all the other ordinary people who only wish to live and raise their children in a decent environment. Those who perpetrate their acts of violence among these civilians are despicable. There are also resistors, those who have been driven to violence by loss and despair, and these people do not target innocent bystanders but perhaps rationalize their deaths as acceptable collateral damage in the battle for freedom. These are also guilty. The former are guilty of murder, the latter of manslaughter, a lesser crime perhaps but does it make any difference to the dead civilians and their families who killed them or why? They were non-combatants, but they are just as dead. I cannot imagine any justification for the loss of these many innocent lives - whether terrorist or resistance, those whose actions result in the deaths of peaceful civilians are criminals.


5/13/2005 05:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This makes NO sense.

Who planted the bomb and killed the Iraqi civilians?

The insurgents/terrorists/resistance working together.

THEY killed those innocent Iraqis, NOT the Coalition forces or the Iraqi police and military. To blame it on the people who are trying to protect the average citizen is perverse.

Let's look at the numbers:

In the last 13 days the insurgents/terrorists/resistance have killed:

320 Iraqi Civilians

128 Iraqi Military /Police

Total 448 Iraqi citizens killed exclusively by the insurgents/terrorists/resistance in 13 days.

Let me repeat that:

448 Iraqis killed in 13 days by Raed and Khalid's "resistance."

Khalid, what do you have to say about these numbers? How can you support people to slaughter innocent people?

And Khalid, what about those 300,000 dead Iraqis lying in graves before the "occupation"?


5/13/2005 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many times do we have to say we WANT to leave? What would you have us do? Pick up stakes and leave Iraq to the tender mercies of the Jihadi's? Or are you part of the "Return of Saddam" movement? We, the US, WANT out of Iraq. Help us to end this so-called insurgency so we can establish a level of PEACE, and LEAVE.
THEN if we do will have your reasons, but until then, DO NOT BLAME THESE DEATHS on the US/Coalition forces.

5/13/2005 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Alvaro Frota said...

Hi, Khalid:

Bush is the number one terrorist in the world.

He ordered the "call-the-coops-number-day" to allow his warmongers to steal the oil of Iraqi people and protect the rogue state of "Israel".

Only a very stupid person is incapable to see it. But, in the EUA, the "vsp" are the very majorit.

And Bush has black operations teams that are exploding things in Iraq in order to blame Iraqi Resistence and divide and rule Iraqi people. Only "vsp" don't see it.

In Brasil, there are a lot of "vsp" too. They don't see that Lula da Silva sent troops to Haity in order to protect the Bush's puppets here.

Good luck to you, Iraqi Resistance! Kill all colaborators and USA soldiers you can. Kill all of them without mercy. You are in the front against the rogue State number one in Earth, the USA. The destiny of the human kind is in your hands.

5/13/2005 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey romanesq, i, as an "arab poster" have all my relatives still living there so im not exactly speaking blindly.

maybe thanks to the unstable situation there, i just dont have the choice to live or even see my country.

5/14/2005 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the US continue to pay in blood and money for their atrocities in Iraq.

May the anti-US fighters follow the US home and fight them on their own territory, now, rather than waiting for the end of the occupation of Iraq - which may never end.

In the West's eyes Arabs are expendable, and especially the dog soldiers sent to kill the Arab Nation. It is better to destroy the illegitimate Iraqi government and occupation forces now, rather than suffer the slow death of 30 more years of mass killings and torture.

Do not be fooled into believing that the bombing of civilians is being carried out by anybody other than US agents, using criminals bribed with huge amounts of money, given free passage out of Iraq and anonynmity in return.

The US views the Iraqi civilian population as an inconvenience which is preventing them from getting at Iraq's mineral resources. Iraq will be seen as a heroic country in the future - upon the defeat of the occupation forces.

5/14/2005 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to see the road of "progress" (and I hope it is) filled with so many tragedies and losses. Reading your blog makes me appreciate my home all the more and the desire that the violence and hatred in your region will disappear in your lifetime or sooner ... and that will be my prayer!

5/14/2005 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger American Student said...

And about Bush's "freedom" in general...

The US has signed or is in the process of signing military cooperation agreements (which include military bases and/or training of national forces and/or airspace rights and/or america's favorite hobby: selling weapons) with the following nations: Tajikistan, Uzbekistin, Turkemistan, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Columbia, Nepal, the Philippines, Israel, Turkey, and this is only off the top of my head...

I urge the pro-war americans here to check out the human rights records of these countries, you may find it elightening as to what america's idea of "freedom" is.

5/14/2005 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger romanesq said...

To our little student who's view of history is no doubt limited by the perspective of his local leftists professors.

Please see Jeanne Kirkpatrick and the resulting march of freedom before you make your moral claims on other nations the US works with in the advance of freedom.

I'm sure you're leftists professors won't be so eager to address the success that followed.

As to your foolish deduction on the Shia, your conclusion is entirely of your own making. I endorse the vast majority of Iraqis who stood up to the fascists in their midsts to vote for their future. That is an advocation for the beginning of a new democratic Iraq and democratic institutions. How you conclude advocation of Shia reprisals is beyond me.

As for the President, he has been consistent in seeking a policy of freedom and addressing the complete moral bankdruptcy in dividing Europe after WW II and allowing tens of millions of people to fall under the Soviet gulag system at Yalta.

Between the President's expressed regret there and for the status quo hisotrically in the Middle East, there is no leader of any significant government anywhere in the world who is advancing freedom. Go to Europe and see the French and Germans and Russians who cry about their loss of money since Hussein's fall. They were the true benefactors of blood for oil

Take that back to you're leftist professors. And listen to their excuses. There is no compassion for the loss of human life under the tyranny of Hussein. The leftists are so fanatically anti-American, they will allign themselves with Islamic fascists against the President.

5/15/2005 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lest you forget, Hussein was supported by Papa Bush. Rumsfeld himself travelled to Iraq, met with Hussein and shook his hand!

The U.S. was at the least silent - and even complicit - in the face of Hussein's use of chemical weapons.

The layers of hypocrisy are deep, deep, deep. the u.s has successfully created whole new generations of people who despise the u.s. government. the invasion was illegal. the initial puppet government and now this latest imposed "democracy" means that those who side with the americans are (with good cause) seen as suspect and/or traitors. there are many who are willing to violently resist u.s. imperialism. and the majority looks on, horrified by the bloodshed and exhausted by the miserable conditions.

the first and foremost terrorists here (overused word - we can thank shrub for that) are the americans who invaded a country for oil and military domination, not to mention a perverse form of theocratic christian fundamenalism. hmmmm, one might call them (bushco) the american taliban.

5/15/2005 02:12:00 AM  
Blogger romanesq said...

I don't see much of a long life for this section as the weakness of the left makes itself self-evident with limp arguments that have been rehashed over and over to no effect in both the US and Iraqi election.

And those are elections that the leftists can not stomach. The continued empty rhetoric of a handshake as being significant in the scheme of where the Iraqi system is today is woeful.

The continued attacks on the President's father are pretty lame but measured agains the attack against Christians as if they are comparable to the raw brutality of the taliban and what do you have?

Nothing more than a complete bankrupt idealogy.

Like the terrorists, no motto to rally, no leader, no platform, just continued negative and inhuman attitudes and behavior.

Well these common bedfellows have found a home: with each other.

5/15/2005 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romanesq, I don't understand. 150 thousand US troops did not go into Iraq to seek "victory" out of love and kindness and caring, much to your Shock and Awe they wanted to kill people with bombs and tanks.
You say these people have never had democratic leadership or experience, but what nations worked together to ensure this never happened? For example the Shah, Egypt, Saddam, Saudi Arabia, and who created Kuwait and these other feifdoms. And what countries tend to be attacked when these nations attempt to become democratic. Britain the US and other western nations have been accomplices in this repression for a hundred years and now protest that they are only doing what's right.
Al queda has sent a clear message,(no US troops on arab soil) the repression will end and the US is attempting to alter that so the oppression ends in a manner that they can live with. This is not about doing what is right for iraqis It's political reality. If the US is to maintain control of the region before they are unceremoniously booted like they were in Iran. This is an attempt by the US to win hearts and minds with bullets. When you can no longer suppress people covertly, open hostility and bribes is the only recourse. This isn't pretty but it's the only way the US knows to advertise. Unfortunately its image as a world leader and poster country for human rights isn't what it used to be. The US either wins by force or it is going to slowly lose any influence it has left in the region. This is an expensive band aid. Unfortunately civilians will continue to pay for this grand standing and the region will be left in ruin. If you are all for peace loving, well thinking, kind people I suggest you go back to your church and have them string you up for politicising the killing of people. You pacifists are all alike as long as your not being pacified. I would take a better look at the ideology your espousing. Your love and acceptance of others makes a Dictator like Saddam look like your perfect ally. For he too never tolerated rebellion or the civil disobedience you hate so much.

5/15/2005 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

5/15/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger romanesq said...

About the only thing you got right is "Al Qaeda has sent a clear message."

It has nothing to do with the US. It has everything to do with barbaric practices from the Middle Ages.

If you are too blind to see that after the Taliban "experiment" and their pronouncements not to mention slaughter of human beings by beheadings, I'm not able to help you.

Nor is anyone with such a limited view of morality.

I would suggest you join the other anonymous folks who no doubt are making a few dollars building bombs and blowing up infidel children in Bagdad.

5/16/2005 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Kagehi said...

What S C, just because the ME refuses to change or recognize their own mistakes the US can't either? Talk about hypocracy. You want world piece, but anyone that is willing to fight for it is automatically wrong. As for illegal. Hmm. Lets see, the UN was scamming money from the oil for food program, supporting human right violators by allowing those very violators to sit on their human right council (more convenient that way, since they can 'claim' they discussed it, then ignore mass murder anyway) and never lifted a finger to change 'anything'. Hell, during the tsunami incident they spend over a month 'studying' the problem, while the horrible blood thirsty US spent billions on relief, *then* flew a few hilocopters around and annouced two weeks later that "their" relief effort was a success. Talk about hypocracy... As for the delusions of some idiots like annonamous and his claim that Al Queda will simply go away is the US leaves.. These insane madmen can't even remember when they are already at was with someone. They have declared such a war against the US and others multiple times. What the heck does a five fold Jihad mean exactly? They are not going to stop. Their ideology, much like that of the Wahabi and others is nothing less than the complete destruction of 'anything' not Islamic and the total and complete subjigation of all muslims to false Islamic ideals of religious slaverly, rape, mass murder and both technological and intellectual regression. All that leaving would do at this point is leave Iraqis in the hands of someone as bad or worse than Saddam, and give the groups like Al Queda to belief that the US is still weak, pathetic and an easy target for conversion to false Islam, since they will simply all collapse and lick the feet of the Jihadi once enough of them have been killed. Its really not a suprise that idiots like annonamous refuse to use their name. They lie about he true intent of the jihadi, in hopes that the rest of us will be gullible enough to believe them, but knowing their names would mean we would find out the truth of who they are and that everything they say is lies.

And the only BS that I haven't heard terrorists and their supporters 'claim' that the CIA have supposedly done, without one scrap of evidence Nascarblue, other than the lies of the very people who most benefit from belief in them, is that the CIA is flying invisible UFOs into the oil fields to secretly drain the oil fields. I am sure there is some nut in the US that is thinking it though... If it smells like BS and looks like BS, the extreme left will still insist on tasting it, then insist it was chocolate, and the bad taste is all part of a US conspiracy to ruin snack food.

5/24/2005 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kagehi said...

Damn. Need to type slower, I made way to many spelling mistakes in there. :(

5/24/2005 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger Gaianne said...

Actually kagehi, the US is running black ops. That was Negreponte's job when he was in Central America, and if you compare the time frame when he was in Iraq and the corresponding change in "terrorist" attacks--the addition of new kinds of attacks-- you will see that this is true.

5/27/2005 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this blog as an education. I am an American mother/grandmother/great grandmother - and I read this because what you have to say - all of you! -- is important to me. I want to know what it is like to be you in your world. I want to know what your life is like, what is important to you, how you see your futures, all of it.

Reading these comments, I feel embarassed for my government. There is no one who said the USA should be the mother hen of the world. No one said the US should right all the wrongs and provide solutions to problems for nations who have not asked for solutions, nor for any help at all. Lord knows there are many problems at home that need attention.

I am inclined to believe economics is somehow wrapped up in the American "help" to Iraq, but I haven't yet made all the connections on that theory, although considering who is currently leading this country, I find it plausible. (I welcome any concrete connections anyone can provide!)

I do support the young Americans who find themselves in your midst - many of whom, politically, really do not want to be there. But I have read of instances where they have made a humane difference, and I applaud them. I support their need for proper equipment and proper training, which should include diplomatic training, lest they unwittingly offend. I also believe they and their families deserve to know when they - all of them - are coming home. Mr. Bush refuses this information to them and to the rest of us.

I don't know what it is like to live in a society with tribes and religious divisions at odds with one another. That's why I am here. I do know this much for sure, though: Even those visitors with the best intentions cannot (and have no business trying) to solve the problems among these peoples. Every new democracy has its period of working things out - the US had a civil war,for heaven's sake! These are things that must be worked out internally.

The Iraqi are intelligent people, but they are not like the folks down the street from me. They have their own way, and I sure have no business trying to butt in and tell them how to run things. I don't feel my government (or any other outside government) has any business doing this, either. When I say this aloud here, the people around me say, "Well, we got Saddam out of there!" Yep, we did - and the people cheered. But nobody asked us to do that. And once done, isn't it up to the Iraqi people to take it from there?

I understand much was destroyed and much should be rebuilt, and I understand our young people are there doing a share of that. But it is clear to me that large numbers of the Iraqi people want those young folks to go home -- and I say it is rude to stay where one is not welcome.

I plan to visit this blog often and learn what I can. I don't know that I can make much of a difference in anything at all, but when the subject comes up in discussion, I want to be able to say what you all have said here - because you are there, in the middle of it, and what you say should carry the most weight of all.


8/08/2005 08:03:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home, The World's Blog Aggregator