Friday, June 15, 2007

M.H.Z.'s Great Expectations

In the past I have written about the different perspectives that one finds among the Iraqi bloggers in their chronicles of or reflections on the 2003 invasion and the subsequent fall of Saddam Hussein's regime ("War and its Discontents"). Now M.H.Z., a young Iraqi blogger from Baghdad but currently living in Erbil, has added his account of those days in Baghdad in his latest blog entry, Iraqi history, the one I lived so far."

M.H.Z. first explains what it was like to grow up in Saddam-era Baghdad as a kid and then as a teenager. He was sixteen when Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the Coalition forces moving across the border between Kuwait and Iraq.
[We] went to Diyala, a city a little to the north of Baghdad, or that’s what I think, we were afraid that it would take a long time as we didn’t take but minimal necessities that could fit in our saloon car, we lived there with close relatives for about 10 days, that’s when someday, we managed to tune up an old TV, it was the same moment that the statue was being pulled by the tank ….

For, me, a 16 years old student, that’s when it all started, before that, It was an era that I was born and raised in, so there’s nothing to compare it to, after the war, we were so happy that we are back home, above all, as my parents were so happy, and after all I heard about Saddam, I was happy he was gone too, we all expected the best was yet to come…

May be not all of us, but some of us honestly did, that’s when the political arguments got spread and became present all the time every where, we used to have those during the whole school time, even at class, some people defending Saddam, some people, defending America, some people mocking the whole thing!, I never remembered an actual problem caused by that, we used to argue, then go to the basketball court and throw some shots, even when my parents argued with relatives, they were all friendly arguments, the only thing that all Iraqis shared, was anticipation ….
Like Salam Pax, Zeyad Kasim, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, and Faiza Jarrar, M.H.Z.'s account offers us another very personal view on events that changed the lives of everyone in Iraq.

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