I just saw that my blog is flagged as “potentially offensive”, the same day I found out that I’ve been nominated for Thinking Blogger Award! Not bad for one day, not bad at all…
OK personally I don’t know the reason but something is telling me it’s not because I wrote about vagina. Therefore I might guess it’s because of my post from Free Zone Festival and especially the last one about Iraq in Fragments because majority of visitors are from US.
I’m guessing that many of you know or have or have lost someone in Iraq but facts about reasons and effect of that war are evident and unquestionable in spite of the emotions (my sincere condolences to all who have lost someone in Iraq). And I am trying to be objective as much as possible (in spite the fact that I’ve spent 77 days under US bombs as well and I know better than you can even imagine what that means)
Yes 3300 American soldiers lost their lives in Iraq but also 655000 civilians have died and almost 2 millions live in refugees’ camps in neighboring countries. Iraq has lost its most valuable treasure – people. There is no educated elite there anymore… There are devastating consequences in whole region; the balance is destroyed; radicalism is awake
Do you remember that picture of a man who is hitting Saddam’s monument with the hammer? Picture that symbolizes Fall of Baghdad? Picture that is like the one of raising flag on Iwo Jima (in symbolical sense of course)? Well that man, Mr Khadim al-Jubouri now on fourth anniversary of his act say this:
– We got rid of a tyrant and tyranny. But we were surprised that after one thief had left, another 40 replaced him. Now, we regret that Saddam Hussein is gone, no matter how much we hated him.
Those are the words of man whose only wish for years was to smash Saddam’s monument. Describing his life now, four years after entrance of US troupes in Iraq he says:
– Now every Friday is better than Saturday and every Saturday is better than Sunday
Well think about that before you flag someone’s opinion as offensive.
On the other hand thinking and using your own brain has always been potentially dangerous.
If you’re interested do read whole article written by The Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan:
4 Years After Hussein’s Fall, Regret in Iraq