Monday, February 27, 2006

Much More to Come!

One of my favorite songs goes like this:

"I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be
Blinded by tears"

Many days passed and I have not posted a single word. With the news on TV, websites, and blogsphere, everything indicates the coming of a civil war. It is not easy to believe the media; they can make a mountain out of a grain. Nevertheless, this time it seems true. Shrines have been bombed. Mosques have been attacked. How can all this happen under the "ruling" of a government that claims it includes wise men both politicians and religious. Not forgetting that this country is under occupation that some allege, "They are here to uphold our so-called liberation".

Many days passed, each time I try to write I come up with mad, bloody and furious words that I cannot put together to express my feelings. I was not there. I did not hear a bomb or a single bullet. I am away from my beloved country. The country I wish I can go back to and pray for every night before I sleep. Feeling guilty, not knowing why. Is it because I am safe and they are not? Is it because I do not need to worry there will be a bomb on my way back home? Alternatively, the reason could be that everybody I know back home envy me for having a peaceful life and praise me that I planned well to get myself out of Iraq before it is too late?.

It did not take a minute to know that every thing was planned earlier. Under the curfew, how could anyone act with such high-speed? The shrine was bombed, curfew, next thing you know the mosques are being attacked!

Sighs and pain paralyze my pen. Words are gone.

I try to make sure that every one I know is fine and still alive. I pray for their safety. My usual prayers were "Oh dear God, keep those whom I love and those who love me safe. Keep those whom I know and those who know me safe. Pleas God; keep my relatives, friends and neighbors safe."

I cannot believe how selfish I was to say these prayers. What about the rest? Don't they have families, friends and neighbors?

Today I pray: "Dear God, keep Iraq and Iraqis united and safe"


Blogger olivebranch said...

perfect prayers. I say the same tonight, but with a little selfish thought for myself and my family too.

I had to move out of home, and I just want them safe.

Dear god my family in my absence, and please look after me. I pray for the safety of Iraq and Iraqi's, may the good forces from within stop all this mess and spare us the violence.

2/27/2006 6:58 PM  
Blogger attawie said...


We’ll say our prayers right now and will figure out what to do to help.
Thankfully I heard from friends and family that it’s calmer today in Baghdad.

Luke, I like your network so much and I’d like to join you all soon.

2/28/2006 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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3/01/2006 1:11 PM  
Blogger AMESH said...

This land was home to some of the world's first civilizations, including the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian cultures, whose influence extended into neighboring regions.
These civilizations produced some of the first writing, science, mathematics, law and philosophy in the world, making the region the center of what is commonly called the "Cradle of Civilization".
Since then, destroying Iraq was a dream for many people. I am not willing to discuss politics but history teaches us what the meaning of Iraq, the importance of that country. It was the blinking light in dark globe that gave hopes to people to go ahead.
As Iraq contains a mixture of various Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Christians and Assyrian cultures, deeply influenced by Persian and Ottoman rule and societies. It also hosts three of the most important religious sites in Shi'a Islam - the Sacred Mosque of Imam Ali in Najaf and the mosques of Imam Hussein and Hadrat Abbas Shrine in Karbala. This melting pot is the toy that some people are using now to destroy Iraq without noticing that they are realizing what some people dreamt about a long time ago.
Muslim-Shi'a & Sunna are the inter-religious strife of Iraq now. The nation is now effectively divided. As various other groups took sides, the fighting spread to other areas of the country, forcing poor residents in towns with mixed sectarian populations to seek safety in regions where their sect was dominant. The government could not act effectively because leaders were unable to agree on whether or not to stop the bloodletting since they are running behind their interests.
As a conclusion, all of us not only Iraqi people are responsible for what is happening now. Every person who benefits from cradle civilization has to stop what is going on. I am not saying physically but at least by praying for people of that country who refuse to let it go easily.

3/01/2006 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Dark Angel said...

Hi Duchess of Malfe
This is a try to see if this page can take my comment or not.
Hay I love your writing
Keep going sis.

3/02/2006 12:28 AM  
Blogger attawie said...

Greetings for all..
I want to thank you for passing by and reading my blog. I kind of stopped posting these days. I have a lot to say and yet said nothing.

It's nice to read your comment here. I just can't imagin how could other Arabs let Iraq drawn in such chaos.

Dark Angel..
I'm glad you made it dear Antonio ;) and now you are able to comment. I miss the university.. how is everything there?

Take care all

3/05/2006 2:58 PM  

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