Today was an intense day where I went through a whole range of emotions and felt sad, happy and every other feeling a human might be able to enjoy but yet still I am unsure the source of this frustration.
My hopes from the days where there were rumors Saddam was going to be toppled was simple, finally the world can see what sort of man he was, and the type of regime he helped create that killed, maimed, raped, stole and ethnically cleansed so many people inside the borders of Iraq and in neighboring Kuwait and Iran.
I hoped that my Arabic friends would finally realize that after the removal of Saddam what the majority of Iraqis were suffering from. I don't want to use the terms Shiites, sunnis, kurds etc not because I don't believe they exist, on the contrary there have been differences between Iraqis for years before and believe me for years after Saddam's reign. The point I am trying to make is that the media picks up a rally in Tikrit and a rally in Sadr City and then can generalize the whole verdict into two camps. If only life was that simple, its a good thing reporters don't work on business deals cause with incomplete information they would not do terribly well.
The truth is I know Sunni Arabs who were so happy with the verdict and I know Shiite Arabs who were saddened about what happened. Now I don't have figures or numbers but the people crying for Saddam inside Iraq are those who enjoyed life under his rule, and those who like to attach themselves to fake heroes who in their minds stand in the face of Western power...... Inside Iraq the majority of people know by now that Saddam is BS and the same man who liked his whiskey on the rocks is not genuine when he shouts out 'God is Great' and Long live Iraq.
Long live Iraq? Buddy you helped alienise whole communities into becoming unintelligent ready to raise the pictures of people like moqtada who have done 0 for the advancement of Iraq or mankind but are given the title Sayed due to his bloodline. Its funny seeing Iran, the US and Sadr all agreeing finally on something and it is sad that it had to be the verdict of Saddam that brought all these people together.
I honestly think that if I were for capital punishment this would be the best day of my life but the best thing is insulting and humiliating somebody and I believe that day came a couple of Decembers ago when Saddam was found in a hole. We had the same story that is going on now, whether or not it is fair.... Arabs crying over it and Iraqis celebrating but that was classic because that was when his dignity was taken away from him. Now he is faced with losing his life and the beauty of it is I think in his twisted mind he somehow thought there would be a way out and this was the final nail in his coffin.
We need to think about the hundreds of thousands who died, the plus one million who have been displaced and live in countries because they don't have one of their own, they were all victims of this terrible tyrant. This should not be about the US elections or the Gaza offensive, this should be about congratulating and sharing your happiness for the man that once brought a whole country to its knees with fear, found himself shaking and shouting aimlessly well we Iraqis who understand what he stood for laughed and enjoyed his performance. Unlike his half brother who couldn't put a couple of sentences together Saddam managed to shout out his usual slogans and the sad part is that until this day sooo many Arabs believe it.
My colleague was almost in tears at work, she is Syrian and came in shouting saying oh my god that's the biggest asshole and meanest person I have ever seen, and I knew she can't have been talking about her baby Saddam and I asked her who?
Her response........ The judge for talking to them like animals..... Go fuck ourselves is what I wanted to tell her....... A slap is what I wanted to give her but I left for my lunch break swearing to myself that today has to be a good day. When supporters of islamism and ba'athism are in tears then that must mean the side I am on which sometimes even I am not sure of is winning.... This has been a long post but I will always remember Guy Fawkes day as the day in Iraqi history that Saddam's the Arabic lion persona got burned to show the coward he really is.
To the people who have died, lost relatives, been a victim of rape, or any sort of crime pre 2003 I want to say you have reason to rejoice as soon we will be hearing of Saddam's death or his rotting away in prison........
To those that see the problems in the current new Iraq, I say be patient, what Saddam taught a lot of Iraqis was not science, maths and arts but rather how to be able to kill, bomb and maim and that will take at least a generation to get rid of.... so the number of lives that have been lost because of Saddam will never be known because his teachings mean we will have to live through difficult times ahead of us until the Saddam is brought out of Iraqis and Arabs that still have 'him' in them.
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