As a child, I lived in Iraq for two years. I played with Iraqi kids in Basra’s streets, ate the soft, lovely dates from Baghdad's trees, went to school and planted the seeds of education took root in me. Even though I wasn't old enough to analyze political issues at that age, it seemed to me that people were satisfied with their living conditions, but not with their government leadership. The civilian Iraqis were subject to different kinds of torture under the dictator, Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for over thirty years. Under his rule, people needed wisdom, love, and freedom. Indeed, experiencing their needs, I felt helpless, sad, and angry when the world was silent in the face of the dictator's brutality.
An unforgivable tragedy occurred
in march 2003 when
the President of
the United States of America,
George W. Bush, declared war against
Unfortunately, neither George Bush nor Saddam Hussein are suffering the consequences of this war; instead, the innocent civilians are the ones who are victimized: their streets are filled with dead bodies, the air is rife with the horrible scent of fresh blood, and the children are crying in the night, fearful and unable to sleep. This is the sad reality of life in Iraq.
situation is worsening with the accelerating civil war between the Sunnis
and the Shiites, who together make up 83% of the population. This civil
war seriously threatens the security of
the entire region. The Sunnis are
Moreover, the war has destroyed much of the infrastructure and natural resources of Iraq. For example, the Forat Dam was totally damaged in early 2004, leaving around one-third of the population without clean drinking water. The scariest scenario of all is the terror Iraqis live with, a terror from both sides, the al-Qaeda network and the Bush Administration .
I wonder for how long the country with the third largest supply of oil will have to struggle just to feed its own people. If we can provide Iraqis with paper and pens instead of guns and bullets, Sunni, Shia,and Kurdish kids will all share the play yard.