Friday, May 04, 2007

Criminal Hatwear

Adnan al-Dulaimi, member of parliament and head of the Tawafuq Front, at the Iraqi Parliament in September 2006.

Adnan al-Dulaimi, member of parliament and head of the Tawafuq Front, at the Iraqi Parliament in September 2006.
Photo by Ali Abbas/AFP.

Let's start with a bit of wicked humor from a new Iraqi blogger, Shaqawa. Most of you are probably familiar with the gaunt visage of Adnan Al-Dulaimi, Sunni MP and Tawafuq leader (hat-tip to Iraqi Mojo, from whose blog I clipped the photo). I was reading a post of Shaqawa's from a few days ago when I nearly fell of my chair laughing at this zinger:
Over the last week, more reports have been coming from Baghdad stating that parliamentary immunity for Tawafuq MP Adnan al-Dulaimi may be lifted so he can be prosecuted for a number of crimes. No surprise that this son of a bitch is suspected of crimes far beyond his most visible criminal act of wearing a stupid hat.

Sorry people. My eyes still have a few tears from laughing so hard.


Listen, all of you know Iraqi Konfused Kid, right? Then you knew this was coming. Today the Kid saunters into the ring between the Pro-Withrawal and Anti-Withdrawal camps. Here's his list of those belonging to the Pro-Withdrawal side:

Pro-Withdrawal are people who are either:
1. Baathists remembering the good old days,
2. al-Qaeda lusting for a new state,
3. Common Arab and Iraqi people who simply follow Islamic Rule of Thumb regarding the matter: America Bad, America Go Away
4. sectarain Sunnis who hate to see Shia in power and consider them worse than Jews,
5. Sectarain Shiite who wants to have it all
6. or hopeless pessimists who see no use in them staying and just wanting them to leave and get the civil war out in the open, their theory is as this:
Konfused Kid also takes a snarky shot at the Jarrars. Oh boy, that's going to set off some tremors in the the head office of the Jarrar Transnational Corporate Empire.


Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was a blogger before he became a very fine professional journalist. Many of us remember his blog, G. in Baghdad, which we followed in the summer of 2003. In this blog entry from June 25, 2003, Ghaith discusses the conflict between rhetoric and reality in Iraq:
One two one two….. test test… one two, test
Perfect my rhetoric channel is working very well
Here in Iraq every citizen was provided -since the early days of the regime- with a whole set of lies that gradually became the foundation on which you would build your perceptions of the world outside.
Consequently you end up with two channels, a “channel reality” that is off the air most of the times and “channel rhetoric” a mixture of self-denial, conspiracy theory [apologia] and propaganda.
Of course we shouldn’t blame Saddam and his lies based tyrannical regime only, this phenomenon has its roots deep in our cultural/religious history.

I think one of the main issues we have to face, is how to stop using the rhetoric channel, how could we stop this cog mire of stupid conspiracy theories going on and on and on how to liberate our selves from the secret police mechanisms nesting in our brains, this liberation will not be achieved by American tanks, nor by a self-denial flagellation process

Let me tell u this incident that happened 2 weeks ago
It was me, X, Y, and Laurent (a French friend), we were discussing the Americans, Iraq, and the current situation, every one was shouting, waving his hands jumping over the table. After almost 1 hour I went to the kitchen and Laurent to toilet, X and Y have the following conversation:

X: how did the things go in ur neighborhood during the war?
Y: well it was very calm, thanks god those stupid fedayeen didn’t resist, other whys who would know what could have happened
X: alhamdullilah, good for you, and especially now the situation is getting better
Y: yes yes we managed to get rid of that asshole
Bla bla bla (while a couple of minutes ago both of them were vehemently arguing against the war)

When the discussion sessions would end and everyone would go back to [channel reality] and speak about the day-to-day concerns I think this the place were the Americans could make a big difference

The Iraqis are so fed up with wars, suffering, party propaganda, regulations and obnoxious people telling you what to do and where to go. I wouldn’t be very far from the truth if I say that the foremost concern now for the Iraqis is the economical situation/security/services.

Its not that we r desperately waiting to indulge our selves in the global world of Starbucks and MacDonald’s-which I think we are-but for most of the people they just want to live properly without fear, hunger, or secret police

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