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Blog The (Eco)Logical WeblogandBlog by an Iraqi Living in
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A Star From Mosul
Women Bloggers from Iran
Free Iran Blog
Mass Arrest of Young Girls and Women in Tehran
Blogger from Egypt
Hi, I am from Egypt. This is my first blog ever. I would like to use it in making my voice heard. I hope you enjoy
I don't give a toss what happens to Saddam. To me, he just symbolizes the archaic, cruel,
backward and inflexible 22 regimes constituting the Arab world. He has fallen. But that action was the catalyst for a new reign which holds much promise for one Arab nation: a hope for democracy, freedoms, and accountability. Arab leaders take note: Saddam's fate is awaiting you unless you diligently and honestly work with your people to ensure a smooth hand-over of power, respect for freedoms, inculcate transparency and tolerance and be ready to be held accountable within the law. The current situation in any Arab country is miserable. Walk in any Arab street, go into any Arab office and you will be faced not with a proudly displayed copy of the "bill or rights", or even an extract of the Qur'an, but rather with large pictures of current rulers, their forebears and descendants.....................
Iraq - the model (an iraqui blogger living in Baghdad)
More destruction and more victims and the cause is just as always, the traditional way of thinking that Arab and Muslim leaders have been adapting for a long time with various degrees of success whether local or national, both inside and on international levels. They fight and negotiate, declare jihad and ask for truce all within a very short period and they do it again and again in an organized scheme that aims to delay the definite fate of all dictators. “NO” to a real solution, as that’s the last thing these “historical leaders” want.
These people think that the perfect leader should be very cunning and one who can survive all crisis that he started himself and he starts them because this make it easier for him to control the way they end. He shouldn’t wait for them to lay upon his head, and all this in total isolation from what’s good for the people. The whole effort and sacrifices have one aim; survival of the leader and this should mean victory for the nation!
Their idol was Abdul Nassir and after him came the master, Saddam who was a striking example of how such tactics can work for a very long time. He was always capable of living on the edge without going back and without falling; just wasting time, depleting people’s resources and efforts so that his tyranny grows stronger. Nearly all Arab and Muslim leaders worked their way in a very similar manner. They never want the people to be strong and capable, as they know that it means their end.
They know very well how to lead their followers to lost battles that brings only disasters, but cannot affect their leadership, maneuvering in a way that keep them at the top and constant tension that gives others no time to stop and think. You should be always busy and endangered while the leader remains safe.
Where does Sadr bring these ideas from? Naturally from people who have the same desire and the same nature, people like Saddam who are so thirsty for power and so keen of maintaining it for ever.
He has many examples to learn from such as Arafat as I doubt seriously that he and his deputies want a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and I doubt that Bashar Al Assad wants the “Golan heights” back, as then their alleged battles will come to an end and the “historical leaders” who are void of any constructive vision for their people’s future will be left with nothing that justifies their presence in the eyes of the simple defeated citizen.
Those people live on instability and threats and they have become experts in this field. “Yes” and “No” together and you cannot take only one of them as an answer. Today there’s “No” with “Yes” kept reserved for tomorrow. Sadr loses the battle in Najaf and asks for a truce but just yesterday his offices were declaring jihad and calling America the enemy!
In the same manner, Saddam allows the inspectors to work in Iraq after refusing this many times, and with the decision of throwing them out again prepared in his mind just when things cool off again....................................