Friday, June 24, 2005
FEAR AND IRAQIS: A COMMENTARY
Roses by MG
FEAR AND IRAQIS: A COMMENTARY
Written and Edited By DC
Co-Edited & Artwork By MG
Fear - Inaction
Iraqis are no different than any other human beings, when it comes to fear. They possess the same fight or flight reaction to fear as we do. Fighting in Baathist controlled Iraq, would leave you severely punished or perhaps killed, so "flight" was much safer. There are two ways to "fly away": By crossing the border, getting away from Iraq, or by staying put and giving up, paralyzed like a deer in front of a oncoming car. Say nothing, hear nothing, do nothing. Those were the options for the ones who stayed behind.
Thirty years of such paralysis would make true communication between Iraqis extremely difficult, preventing a blossoming of a Democratic Society.
However, thanks to the high degree of education and ingenuity among the Iraqi people, they have shown a greater capability than others in the Middle East to establish such a Modern State. Though there is still much work ahead of us in the West to nurture such a representational society for both Iraq and the Middle East at large.
What Fear Does In Our Everyday Life
Through exchanges with my Muslim Friends, especially those in the ME, I realized that they tend not to say directly what is on their mind, rather wrapping thier message in "gentle - safe - ways". There are very good reasons for this. Often in the past, saying what one truly thought in the Middle East, could get one in very deep trouble, or at the very least, cause oneself to be ostracized by the group. This reality made it very unwelcome to question authority, whether by religious leaders, governments, or even husbands. In the soul searching rational West, this lack of freedom to critique oneself is fortunately missing. But for those living under terror and dictatorships; another set of rules prevails, one where they have to manipulate their way to survival, a process very tough on self esteem, Living under the apparent danger of being crushed by "authority", neither the people nor the State can advance.
The Plan To Free Iraq For Good
We could ask the anti-American crtics the question: What could be the ideal plan to remove a furiously mad and ambitious dictator in one of the most explosive areas of the world? Saddam was not willing to negotiate his departure, as he proved many times. We all knew that Iraq was his life, his property, his heritage to his sons, and his "gift shop" to his supporters.
Action In Maturity
Why is the Middle East less open than other areas of the globe, like India? Why is the ME not better off, considering all of its resources? The answer is at the top of the pyramid, and goes down throughout its entire social and tribal structures. Fear - terror - is the way of life, and the ultimate tool for dictators there. The results of this are terrible for growth in all aspects of Middle Eastern life, because living in fear, simply prevents any development. No wonder, Iraqis and others Middle Eastern people are not accepting fully their responsibilities as "adults", instead they complain and use scapegoats like Israel and the US as a justification for their own misery. It also suits the over controlling and micro-managing leaders of the Middle East, that their people turn their hostility outwards rather than reform their own states.
The phenomena is not only found in the Middle East, we have this right here in Quebec, Canada. In this part of the world, like in France, we have been indulging our selves in anti-American, anti-Anglo-Saxon and anti-federalist rhetoric as a justification for our evident lack of progress, and the erosion of our cultural identity. So, guess what we do here? We whine - and drink wine - instead of moving forward, growing up, and participating in our own success. Our politicians feed on that, and so did the Liberation Front of Quebec, our own terrorist organization back in the seventies. So, is it a surprise that we in the Province of Quebec and Canada did not support the coalition in Iraq: Operation Freedom? The decisions made for partisan political interests, spoke louder than our strategic national interests.
The Apparent Curse
Oil is both a curse and a blessing, depending on what "we" do with it. This curse results from the poor actions or inactions of the owners of the resource. Farred Zakaria, in The Future Of Freedom deals with this curse by arguing that counties which rely on a single commodity such as oil won't develop to thier full potential. Under those conditions both political modernization and economic growth will
But of course, it is better to have resources than not. Provided with a strong oil base, Iraq has the ability to develop a modern society and we can offer both our support and understanding to them, so such a development can take place.
I have lots of hope.
"Tant qu'il y a de la vie, il y a de l'espoire." As long as there is life, there is hope.
Written as a follow up to Fayroux's excellent Post: ( Stop Whining And Start Rebuilding )