Scenes from a Nation Bewidered and in Agony
The headline of this article is not the title of a science fiction film. It truthfully
portrays what is taking place in Iraq.
The gates of hell are now wide open – thanks to the U.S. invasion –
and the fires have enveloped almost everything in our country.
There is no electricity, no water, no fuel, no food rations, no security, no sewage
There is terror everywhere and there is fear of everything - fear of the present
and of what lies in the future. All indications are that our future is bleak.
There is nothing left in this country to makes you feel secure about your own
future or that of your children.
What is happening is not a war, rebellion or insurgency. It is mass killing
and annihilation coupled with torture and the brutal, barbaric dismembering
of innocent people.
Bombing and shelling of towns goes ahead and no one gives a damn for the lives
lost and property damaged. Politicians have honored none of the promises they
made during elections and there is a dangerous decline in public services and
The shock we have received since U.S. troops landed in our midst is beyond
description. Fear and terror have gripped the nation. Wherever you are at any
time of day you are liable to be killed by a stray bullet.
U.S. Soldier Grieves
Stray bullets are no longer the prerogative of U.S. troops and their tormentors
– the insurgents. Almost everyone in Iraq now use their guns to shoot in
order to scare, wound or kill.
If the bodyguards of a senior official want to reach a destination on time
and are delayed by a traffic jam, they fire into the air to scare other drivers
out of the way.
If someone is injured or killed as a result it is his or her problem. In fact,
being killing by mistake is now perhaps one of the main causes of death in Iraq.
Trust between the people and the government has collapsed. Now we are at the
mercy of the stars, as neither U.S. troops nor the government have the slightest
idea of who is blowing up whom and why?