From : FA ME / Currently in USA
I remember when I first had the idea of having a blog, it was back then in November 2008, I was in Turkey at that time, I was looking at the big volume of papers that I had in my room in our little apartment, this room was overwhelmed with papers certificates and pictures that are scattered all around the place, and I usually get comments why should my room be so messy. At that time, still the dark shadows of masked men and ambiguous figures chasing me, the memories of Iraq are one unforgettable. The current situation I lived wasn’t any good either. Phone calls, interviews, e-mails, preparedness, discouragement, credulity, discomfort, hearsays, news, sadness, happiness, gangs, unknown language, and worst of all unknown future! The saved energy that I had was wasted over some casual conversations, only words that being said and never repeated, then I got this idea: who is listening when I talk? Thinking to myself why shouldn’t I just write about everything I read or hear or know? I desperately needed to write something to someone and that one of course is YOU!
Why Iraqi Translators?
There are two reasons for me to write and title my blog with the word Translators, because this word indicates many meanings. Firstly, the Iraqi Translators have played a unique role during 2003 war in Iraq. In modern history the wars that we know are simply based on attacking other countries or territories either to defend or to attack. One of the parties will be the offender and the other is the defender, but eventually both lose, because I don’t personally believe that there are winners in wars! Losing one soul and one human being is considered a major lost if happened. What is special in Iraqi-American war was that it did happen so quickly, and even the United States of America didn’t expect it to be this fast. A small number of soldiers entered Baghdad without any resistance that could be mentioned, upon which entire Iraq became under U.S control. But it’s not the end yet, the United States had to figure out and set a plan to make this country that has lost its entire control, entire institutions, entire power, and entire infrastructure to be recovered again. It’s like a man with dozens of illnesses should be treated and required to stand on his feet again and be part of his society (other countries).
To do so, and to accomplish this MISSION, there has to be a way to communicate with this guy, there has to be a mean of contact, a way of delivering the messages, the emotions, the desires, the friendship, the mutual goals, the cooperation, the needed cure so this man may stand up again and fight for his life again.
This mean was simply the translators, those actors who worked behind the stage and tried to hide as much as they can to avoid the direct clash with their citizens. But, the citizens were not aware of their services, they just neglected the idea that these translators are here to help them communicate with the new visitors, instead they felt a sense of betrayal, a sense of insecurity while translators are around them. He speaks their language so he is traitor!
So someone had to correct this idea, we served our country and we still, we know the new comers are not going to stay for good, so why don’t we just help them to hasten their departure? They have families, they have kids, they have friends, and they have their own country. Who wishes to replace his country? I guess none, so why not just give them the opportunity to correct what was ruined! Give them the chance and then judge them.
And for those fanatics, who continuously deny of translators’ role I ask, who did translate for Muslim Khalifas (Mohammad’s successors) during their Islamic conquer in Persia and in Andalos (Spain)? How could Sallahadin communicate with Richard (the lion heart) during the crusade campaign against Muslims and Arab Homeland? I’m wondering if they used any other technology! They have had messengers between them those speak Arabic and those are English people. Does history speak of how remarkable role translators had to stop wars and calm things down? Yes it does. It’s that translator whom Abo Jafar Al-Mansour (Abbasit Khalifa in Baghdad) had used to get the latest inventions from the west especially in Medicine to cure his wife and son, his Doctor was Christian, and cured his family from the many sicknesses that had existed at that time.
Why Iraqi Christians?
After the invasion, Christianity in Iraq faced challenges and distinction. Christians were one of the vulnerable minorities in Iraq that faced and still facing threats which had fearfully forced thousands of Christian families out of their country. Iraqi Christians are indigenous people of Iraq. When shia’a in Iraq are backed by Iran, and Sunnies backed by Saudia Arabia and Syria. Christians had no body to defend them, not even the United States. One of the major reasons Christians are attacked is because one of the terrorists and religious groups’ creed is that Christians are not any different from Americans. The attackers are Christians “Mostly are” Christians, who came and invaded Iraq, their president George W. Bush is saying “it’s a crusade war” and it’s holy war against Islam, then minorities in Iraq including Christians are subject to reprisals and attacks by different groups and from the Muslim residents as well. The people are not naïve or don’t comprehend the things, they have declared a war against Islam, and they still believe in Iraq it’s a war where Christianity has to prevail, while Christianity has to do nothing with this.
Christians had to act and not to stay and watch their sons, brothers, and sisters are dying by dozens everyday. Churches are attacked, priests are killed, and deacons are slaughtered by knives. Their simple act was to leave everything behind and escape their lives. But the question is escape to where?
Europe and America and the entire world didn’t hear their cry. When Iraqi Jews were attacked in 1942 in what was known as “Farhood” which means “Jews Escape” it was only few days when Israel declared the reception of those poor people who had suffered from the racial injustice government that was formed at that time. The reason behind their attack is that the Jews had shown appearances of happiness when British Army returned back to Iraq, and brought back with them King’s successor “Abdul Ellah”. It’s because the jubilation of Jews had cost them their lives in Iraq, but what was Iraqi Christians’ fault to be attacked and killed? Simply their Christianity!
With this shy attempt to record some of the important incidents that took place to Christians and Translators, I tried to be informative as much as I could to let the entire world know and understand that what happened in Iraq is worthy to be told, it’s not a period of time that can easily go unmentioned or disregarded, it’s all history, and the history never lies.
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