Hello all, I will be writing on Sami's blog from now on. My points of view may be different in some aspects but we both hope for the Iraqi people to share the same sort of lives that they have not been able to enjoy for too many years.....
On Friday 17 Nov 2006 a Kuwaiti writer Abdullah Al-Nafisi issued an ominous warning to the Gulf people and states that if they don't wake up to the coming immense threat which is casting its shadow it will be too late. He referred directly to the presumed imminent threat by what is going right now in Basra. He stated that Basra is now totally controlled by Iran. This sounds horrific indeed, but what are the real events and what are Dr Al-Nafisi’s motives? On the same day that Nafisi was trumpeting his catastrophic vision of the Middle East region, Mr Gordon Brown was visiting the British troops in Basra where the BBC correspondent spoke live from Basra about the city and the would-be next prime minister’s trip to strengthen the morale of the forces.
At the same time the reporter stated that the promising people of this beleaguered believed that "healthy drinking water is a luxury in Basra." The truth is that healthy drinking water has been a kind of dear luxury since 1991 after the spark of the intifada against Saddam that started in Basra and swept through the whole country albeit a small number of areas. Saddam decided to punish the whole population of Basra by cruel methods that included depriving the people of the city of clean drinking water, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of fragile people, particularly children. Al-Nafisi lives in Kuwait, was a witness to the invasion of Kuwait and Saddam’s threat, and was quite aware of the continuous and carefully planned process of extermination. To add insult to injury Saddam after many years decided that he would do something about the water problem. He called his project "Loyalty to the Leader" and everyone in Basra remembers it as a big mockery. Why is Nafisi suddenly so worried about the people and city of Basra? Actually it is the old-new perennial sickness in the Arabic World.
The majority of the inhabitants of Basra are Arabic Shi’ites and this is a nightmare for the people of the Arabian Peninsula. Anotherthing al Al-Nafisi mentioned in his appearance on the Al-Jazira channel was no less significant. He stated that we, i.e. Arabs who share his mentality and they seem to be in the majority, are now surrounded by a dreadful and unprecedented danger. He emphasised that the movement of Al-Hooti in Saada in Yemen as another threat, this one coming from the south of the peninsula implicitly accusing the Shiites of being the root of the problem. If anybody thinks that Nafis is is an unrealistic scaremonger must be mistaken as the majority of elite Arab and Islamic ideologists think on the same lines though they pretend to adopt an ostentatious liberal attitude (actually Nafisi has always been considered moderate and somewhat liberal ).
One can easily detect the fundamental errors in their ideation which can be summarised by these points:
1. They have never moved from the theocracy despite the huge political heritage in the history of the Islamic Empire
2. Monopoly of the truth as the High Sunni Clergy sees this truth.
3. No place and no acceptance of the others and especially the Shia.
Some could be misled that these issues have appeared anew on the political arena in the middle-east because of the Coalition invasion of Iraq and what happened after the fall of Saddam. No that is entirely wrong. I remind my readers of what Saddam and the Baathists used to repeat during the Iraq-Iran war 1980-1988. He said the road to Jerusalem passes through Tehran and it is well-known that all what Saddam had said or done was wholeheartedly endorsed by the majority of people in The Peninsula and up till now they don't hide their lamentations about the dishonourable fate of Saddam.
I believe that the Kurds of Iraq suffered horribly simply they were considered unprepared to play their assigned role in the sectarian conflict. They adhered to their nationalism instead.
So looking at their theocratic, monopolistic and exclusive manners of dealing with the other religious varieties in the Arab world there will be a hard job for those who think that the democratic solution is achievable in the near future. Nevertheless and ironically enough Iraq will be a quite different matter. The majority in Iraq will never be granted their due right of living as equals in a real democracy but they will wrench it out and hopefully soon.
The life and views of of a Kurd from northern Iraq living in exile, hoping that the people inside Iraq one day attain the chances and opportunities that I have been lucky enough to enjoy.
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