"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bottom Line on Cindy Sheehan

The famed Iraqi author of the blog Iraq the Model has posted an answer to Cindy Sheehan. It is satisfying, empathetic, and true. I'm pasting it in below in full because it is absolutely worth reading:

A message to Cindy Sheehan

I realize how tragic your loss is and I know how much pain there is crushing your heart and I know the darkness that suddenly came to wrap your life and wipe away your dreams and I do feel the heat of your tears that won't dry until you find the answers to your question; why you lost your loved one?

I have heard your story and I understand that you have the full right to ask people to stand by your side and support your cause. At the beginning I told myself, this is yet another woman who lost a piece of her heart and the questions of war, peace and why are killing her everyday. To be frank to you the first thing I thought of was like "why should I listen or care to answer when there are thousands of other women in America, Iraq and Afghanistan who lost a son or a husband or a brother…”

But today I was looking at your picture and I saw in your eyes a persistence, a great pain and a torturing question; why?

I know how you feel Cindy, I lived among the same pains for 35 years but worse than that was the fear from losing our loved ones at any moment. Even while I'm writing these words to you there are feelings of fear, stress, and sadness that interrupt our lives all the time but in spite of all that I'm sticking hard to hope which if I didn't have I would have died years ago.

Ma'am, we asked for your nation's help and we asked you to stand with us in our war and your nation's act was (and still is) an act of ultimate courage and unmatched sense of humanity.Our request is justified, death was our daily bread and a million Iraqi mothers were expecting death to knock on their doors at any second to claim someone from their families.

Your face doesn't look strange to me at all; I see it everyday on endless numbers of Iraqi women who were struck by losses like yours.Our fellow country men and women were buried alive, cut to pieces and thrown in acid pools and some were fed to the wild dogs while those who were lucky enough ran away to live like strangers and the Iraqi mother was left to grieve one son buried in an unfound grave and another one living far away who she might not get to see again.

We did nothing to deserve all that suffering, well except for a dream we had; a dream of living like normal people do.

We cried out of joy the day your son and his comrades freed us from the hands of the devil and we went to the streets not believing that the nightmare is over.

We practiced our freedom first by kicking and burning the statues and portraits of the hateful idol who stole 35 years from the life of a nation.

For the first time air smelled that beautiful, that was the smell of freedom.The mothers went to break the bars of cells looking for the ones they lost 5, 12 or 20 years ago and other women went to dig the land with their bare hand searching for a few bones they can hold in their arms after they couldn't hold them when they belonged to a living person.

I recall seeing a woman on TV two years ago, she was digging through the dirt with her hands. There was no definite grave in there as the whole place was one large grave but she seemed willing to dig the whole place looking for her two brothers who disappeared from earth 24 years ago when they were dragged from their colleges to a chamber of hell.

Her tears mixed with the dirt of the grave and there were journalists asking her about what her brothers did wrong and she was screaming "I don't know, I don't know. They were only college students. They didn't murder anyone, they didn't steal, and they didn't hurt anyone in their lives. All I want to know is the place of their grave".

Why was this woman chosen to lose her dear ones? Why you? Why did a million women have to go through the same pain?

We did not choose war for the sake of war itself and we didn't sacrifice a million lives for fun! We could've accepted our jailor and kept living in our chains for the rest of our lives but it's freedom ma'am.Freedom is not an American thing and it's not an Iraqi thing, it's what unites us as human beings. We refuse all kinds of restrictions and that's why we fought and still fighting everyday in spite of the swords in the hands of the cavemen who want us dead or slaves for their evil masters.

You are free to go and leave us alone but what am I going to tell your million sisters in Iraq? Should I ask them to leave Iraq too? Should I leave too? And what about the eight millions who walked through bombs to practice their freedom and vote? Should they leave this land too?Is it a cursed land that no one should live in? Why is it that we were chosen to live in all this pain, why me, why my people, why you?

But I am not leaving this land because the bad guys are not going to leave us or you to live in peace. They are the same ones who flew the planes to kill your people in New York.I ask you in the name of God or whatever you believe in; do not waste your son's blood.We here have decided to avenge humanity, you and all the women who lost their loved ones.Take a look at our enemy Cindy, look closely at the hooded man holding the sword and if you think he's right then I will back off and support your call.

We live in pain and grief everyday, every hour, every minute; all the horrors of the powers of darkness have been directed at us and I don't know exactly when am I going to feel safe again, maybe in a year, maybe two or even ten; I frankly don't know but I don't want to lose hope and faith.

We are in need for every hand that can offer some help. Please pray for us, I know that God listens to mothers' prayers and I call all the women on earth to pray with you for peace in this world.

Your son sacrificed his life for a very noble cause…No, he sacrificed himself for the most precious value in this existence; that is freedom.His blood didn't go in vain; your son and our brethren are drawing a great example of selflessness.

God bless his free soul and God bless the souls of his comrades who are fighting evil.God bless the souls of Iraqis who suffered and died for the sake of freedom.God bless all the freedom lovers on earth.

9 comments:

Tlaloc said...

"Your son sacrificed his life for a very noble cause…No, he sacrificed himself for the most precious value in this existence; that is freedom."

Whose freedom is that precisely? Not ours here in the states. Iraq has imperiled our safety nad not affected our freedom one whit.

Not those of the Iraqis who are well on their way to being an Iranian client state and whose constitution so far makes a big deal of Islamic law and has no traces of the western democracy we claimed we could force on them. Indeed it looks like women's rights will be precipitously curtailed under the new regime as opposed to the Saddam years.

Insulting this woman's intelligence with such empty platitutdes is hardly a great way to answer her question.

Oh and this is interesting: Back during the Clinton years there was a flase story told about Hillary refusing to meet with mothers of slain soldiers. Not surprisingly all the same pundits (Malkin, O'reilly, etc) were talking then as now and because it was a democrat they said all the opposite things.

see here

Hunter Baker said...

You obviously know quite a bit more about the situation than the real Iraqi who wrote this response. I guess he's just misguided about what life was like under Saddam and his hopes for a new future courtesy of the good old U.S.A.

Tlaloc said...

"You obviously know quite a bit more about the situation than the real Iraqi who wrote this response. I guess he's just misguided about what life was like under Saddam and his hopes for a new future courtesy of the good old U.S.A."

He may very well be thrilled with the "freedom" to be a client of the Iranian mullahs. Or perhaps he's a kurd and likes the very real chance they'll soon have their own state in all but name. Or maybe it's not really written by an Iraqi but by some flack in Washington.

Regardless the fact remains that Casey Sheehan didn't die for anything you or I could reasonably call "freedom."

Tlaloc said...

Unless of course freedom means freedom to rape a girl because her brother had an affair. Or to throw acid in her face for not wearing a veil. Or to kill a man for getting a shave.

Let freedom ring!

What part of "Iraq is becoming a Islamic-Fundamentalist Iranian-client-state" is really unclear here Hunter?

Hunter Baker said...

The very fact of it, Funky Winkerbean. Not nearly so obvious to me.

Tlaloc said...

"The very fact of it, Funky Winkerbean. Not nearly so obvious to me."

Fair enough. So then you haven't been reading about the constitution?

Iraq: SCIRI Says It Will Seek To Introduce 'Islamic Order'

SCIRI is the main Shiite party and (with Dawa) represents 60% of the Iraqi population. The link is from globalsecurity.org, not exactly a democrat front organization.

A news article on the same topic.


As for the Iranian part of it did you read about the Iraqi Prime Minister's trip to Iran in which he not only praised their growing relationship but during which HE WENT AND PUT FLOWERS ON KHOMEINI'S GRAVE? Yeah that guy, the one who took american hostages and called us the great satan.

see here.

Now are you going to dispute my conclusion with some evidence of your own? Or are we in agreement?

Hunter Baker said...

T, I've been laying off the Iraq news big time of late. My M.O. is to assume all kinds of horrible crap is happening regularly. I'm determined to support it to the end with the strong hope that the Middle East is going to be transformed by what has surely been the most humane attempt at warfare of all time.

Jay D. Homnick said...

I'm with you, Hunter. The toll over there is awful and unrelenting. But it is an investment, maybe only a gamble, in the idea that noble people like this blogger will prevail "and all the evil will dissipate like smoke (Jewish High Holiday liturgy)".

James Elliott said...

T, I've been laying off the Iraq news big time of late. My M.O. is to assume all kinds of horrible crap is happening regularly. I'm determined to support it to the end with the strong hope that the Middle East is going to be transformed by what has surely been the most humane attempt at warfare of all time.

I'm with you, Hunter. The toll over there is awful and unrelenting. But it is an investment, maybe only a gamble, in the idea that noble people like this blogger will prevail "and all the evil will dissipate like smoke (Jewish High Holiday liturgy)".

So, Hunter and Jay have just admitted that they don't give a flying rat's patootie about facts. Wow.