Written By: FA ME
remembering the years before the 2003 war anniversary which coincides with the month of March, and looking into the hard times lived by Iraqis from different paths, and how fear has entered into each individual’s home and residence, I do feel that what happened was merely a dream that passed by very quickly, I do still remember the inability to talk anything in the streets or schools not even over the land phones (before the revolution of cell phones), it appeared very strange, we were depraved of our easiest right, freedom of talk! and everyone anticipated an end to all these nightmares.
when American Forces came to Iraq, things have little by little changed, it took us years to adjust to the new fact that there is no one listening to your conversations or to your voice when you whisper. I remember a friend, who was in the Iraqi Special Security Forces, he was telling us his story (when we were gathered sometimes out with neighbors . that at the place where he worked, they caught a person who has a satellite dish (which was prohibited by Saddam’s regime), “we brought him to our headquarters, we locked him in, and our boss” he said “asked us to bring the satellite dish and the receiver to our station, and indeed” he said, “we went to his house and brought the equipment’s. and we asked the guy to install it, because it seems that he was an expert. once the installation is completed we started to see that Baghdad and other areas have all fallen under U.S. control and Saddam’s statues are being uprooted. then we realized that this person was sent to us by God, we felt petty on the guy, because he was a reason that we could see some facts that would never knew about, even we were part of a very sensitive Force in the Iraqi government. we destroyed all our equipments upon our commander’s instructions” he said “and we fled the area, but didn’t forget to free all prisoners in the station”.
I do still remember these talks from almost the end of May 2003. and I think to myself, how could such regime controlled a whole nation? and how couldn’t we just upraise and start a revolution to stop the aggressiveness of his ruling. if I had the technology at that time, even though I was only 18 years old, I could have been the new Che Guevara, or even Maximilian Robespierre of France.
it does take us a moment to think about how could we change our world, and our life. I also remember during that time, when the U.S. Forces were in Iraq, the Arab Gulf countries have warned the U.S. about Syria, or to threaten the government there or even interfere, or cross Syrian soil, and we all know Syrian regime’s role and actions in hiding top Iraqi Ba’ath Party members, something which Syria denied for long time. but now the history repeat itself, and actually Ukraine has stolen the attention of international opinion from what is happening in Syria and became the focus of the American-Russian conflict, this is according to BBC News on April 2003! and Arab Gulf Countries now are striving to get rid of Syrian regime, they could barely speak about it in the media, because of the big white bear, Russia.