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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Hi Everyone; I miss Blogging and I will do my best to write again.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

If you are following Muqtada’s story like I am you would know that according to all the news and most of the press out there he accepted the government position by disarming his thugs and leave the Shrine. However, if you read what Al-Jazeera wrote earlier on their website, you would think that Muqtada did not accept the deal. On the other hand some of the Iraqi press is saying that Iran had a lot to do with Muqtada’s decision about accepting the deal. Take the deal now and save your guys because we need you later.
My take on this whole thing is, it is wrong to let Muqtada or any of his thugs go free just because they put their weapons down. This was the biggest test for Allawi’s government and I feel they failed miserably. Falluja got away with murder, Muqtada got away with murder, and God only knows who is going to rise up in the future and do what Muqtada did. I feel that by sparing Muqtada’s life this government is inviting all the thugs in and all around Iraq to come in and bear arms. This is the wrong message to send to all the terrorist groups out there because they will be viewed as weak and indecisive government.
I realize it is easy for me to say all this because I am sitting in a nice air conditioned office in a nice peaceful environment. And they are in the middle of the fire but I think you can not allow these group to control your destiny in life other wise might as well fold now and go home. The more I speak with people in Baghdad they say the same thing and that is please get rid of Muqtada. I called Baghdad yesterday asking about the situation and how they are doing, my older brother said to me, we are sitting and watching a volcano; if it erupts we are finished. And if does not erupts, it will in the future but we don’t know when. The situation in Iraq is fluid and it is unsafe for everyone however, the government can do something about it by winning these young poor people before someone like Muqtada recruit them all.

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Friday, August 13, 2004

The People of Iraq;
Yesterday I was listening to Radio Sawa from Iraq and I listened to the daily press conference of the interior minister Mr. Shaalan. He said something that is interesting and that is “there is a conspiracy against the Iraqi people”. He did not say the Iraqi government, he said the people of Iraq is been targeted by other countries. He did not specify the others nor did he elute to whom he was talking about. However, one other minister was doing that and earlier Mr. AlNaqeeb the defense minister said Iran should stop supporting the terrorist. And he kept attacking Iran and everyone of us was wandering what information do they have that we don’t know about. Well, for those who can read Arabic, check this link out http://www.iraq4allnews.dk/viewnews.php?id=59968 ; it turns out to be an alliance between four groups to make sure Iraq never becomes a democratic nation. Iran’s mullahs, Wohabies, ex-Baathest, and Muqtada are united to bring Iraq into choas. Based on this article the head of the Jerusalem brigade of the Iranian revolutionary guards General Kassem Suleiman has been spending a lot of time in Iraq. He has given Al-Zarqawi as well as Anssar al Islam a free passage to Iran for money, support, and intelligence. Also the Iranians have made a decision it is better to have a choatic Iraq than a democratic Iraq. So someone asked General Kassem Suleiman the Iranian who is in charge of this mission, why does Iran want Iraq to go into chaos? His response was it is better for Iran’s long run to deal with chaotic Iraq than dealing with a democratic Iraq controlled by America. So the second question was how are you doing that and his response was, we are going to Arm Muqtada with weapon and men and let them fight all they want. Today listening to Iraqi officials from Najaf, they have arrested 1200 men from Al-Mahdi Army in the last 5 days of fighting, none of them were Iraqis nor do they speak Arabic. That is a big number for a city like Najaf.
I think the Iraqi government is well aware of what is going on and they are taking the fight to the enemy. And what is more important than that is they have the support of the Iraqi people. I know the media here shows otherwise, but believe me when I say this, the majority of the Shia, Sunni, Christians, and Kurds are in favor of this Iraqi government. However, the media here are well as in the Arab world are concentrating on the minority only.
For those who can read the article and would like to translate it word to word, I would be more than happy to posted in their name.

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Friday, August 06, 2004

It is Muqtada again
Last time Muqtada started the fighting it was the US Army in power and most of the Iraqi people did not agree with Muqtada but did not say anything because they are afraid of his people. Now we have an Iraqi government and an Iraqi face not to mention a prime minister who is a Shia. So my question to Muqtada is what is it you want this time? I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for Muqtada. I sure hope it’s the end for this guy and all his army. I am also wondering if the Iraqi government is true to their words about what they said yesterday that they will not negotiate with Muqtada, which means they will either crush him and his thugs or arrest them all. Last time we had this saga, we had the Americans in power and they said the same thing the Iraqi government said, we either kill or arrest him and what happen they left him and his thugs get stronger.
I am sure Mr. Allawi is a smart individual and I am sure he is well aware of the fact that if he leaves Muqtada alone, he will always be a problem. When I speak to people in Iraq and specially the ones who live in Najef, the majority are saying the same thing and that is please get rid of Muqtada. I heard that from so many people on both side of the aisle Sunni as well as Shia. Please Mr. Allawi the sooner you clean Iraq from thugs like Muqtada the better Iraqis are. I am quite positive that Mr. Allawi is hearing this from so many people all around him as well as foreign governments, however, the same response and that is we are working on it. But I think they are not working hard enough to clean these places nor are they working smart enough to get the majority of the people on their side.
I realize there are so many challenges facing this young government however they need to involve the people. Crime is created from poverty and I believe you have the money to crush poverty, why not do it? Like Nike slogan says “JUST DO IT”.

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

It has been a while since I wrote anything, I have been real busy here at work. I have been watching the convention and todayI got this email I had to share with you all. 
Here it goes:
There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of January....In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq.
When some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state thefollowing ... FDR...led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.
Truman... finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334 per year.
John F. Kennedy...started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.   Johnson...turned Vietnam into a quagmire. Vietnam never attacked us. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.
Clinton...went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent,Bosnia never attackedus.He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions. In the two years since terrorists attacked US!  President Bush has ... liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.
The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but.. It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51 day operation.  We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find her Rose Law Firm billing records. It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick, drowning Mary Jo.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Iraqis today
I am so happy about the news I keep hearing from Iraq because things are getting much better for them. Some times I am afraid to say that because every time I think things are improving, something bad would happen. But this time I am so optimistic because the good news is coming from all directions. Finally the IP is rounding up all the thugs and criminals, the surrounding countries are finally getting the message that deal with the new Iraq or there will be no trading in the future, and not to mention the insurgency is fighting among them about how to go about fighting who. I would like to consider few facts:
One would be that the US and the coalitions had an idea about how hard the average Iraqi were living and they were making it harder so when Allawi takes control and he starts cleaning up the country, take care of these issues, Allawi would look good (not physically, he needs to lose about 50 LB). In the eye of the Iraqis, he is elect-able again because he did something about their miserable lives. The other scenario would be that Allawi is really good, the US and the coalitions have nothing to do with his success. He is a good Iraqi patriot that is willing to do what it takes to clean house. Or maybe little bit of both, it does not matter anymore because something is being done about it. I am hopeful about the future of Iraq because once things go back to normal and people start working and making money, they will forget this hard period of their lives. In 1994 I went to see my family in Istanbul, Turkey because I could not go inside Iraq. When we got together and they were sharing their stories about the first gulf war, I remember it was a lot worst than it is now. But they have forgotten those days because they got other problems on their hands now. With time lives will improve for the average Iraqi and these days will be long gone “Inshallaha”.
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Thursday, July 01, 2004

This morning waking up to the TV watching Saddam being arraigned is a great day in my life. However, he looked he resigned to his fate. The ultimate point for me the whole broadcast is when he asked the judge “Please if you allow me” and I thought since when did Saddam asks for a permission to do anything. I was telling my wife wait for the rest of the day and watch all the sympathizers will feel sorry because he looks so sad and innocent, he is going to play the cameras as well as the average person on the streets. I believe in justice and I believe everyone should get representation in court. But my friends let me tell you this man dose not deserve any justice and he should be shot in front of the millions of Iraqis. I am not going to get into why I think that because if you have been reading my blog, you would know my views in Saddam and his clans.
Great reviews from Inside Iraq, pretty much all the people in the south and specifically in Najef are so happy about today, they were given away sweets on the streets. I was listening to RadioSawa as well as other Iraqi news agencies and the majority of the people who were interviewed on the radio said the same thing and that is they want the death penalty for Saddam and his guys. Actually a lot of them said they would not accept anything less than the death penalty for Saddam and his clan.
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