Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Battle Of Adhamiya, Live as LIVE can be

(PRELUDE)
I have read so many contradictory and strange reports on the events that summarized the Battle of Adhamiya, between the good people of Adhamiya and the notorious Interior ministry forces, bascially, everybody down there really knows what's going on, so here's how I, until very recently a resident of this glorious area, interpret what happened in the past tragic couple of days.
First off, this isn't the first time that such a thing had happened in Adhamiya, the very same thing, on a smaller scale, was tried last month, and has been happening everyday in short bursts, read my post (The Day I Tried To Go Home), two posts before this one.

On the night of Mahmood Al-Hashimi's death (THURSDAY, Apr 13), clashes in Adhamiya were ferocious, it is said that the usual young dudes were returned home and only the tough guys, the ones with the BKCs and RPGs, were in the zone.
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Monday, April 17 2006
TIME : 2 am

I was at my room, pretending to read, except I just bought myself an amplifier for my electric and was trying to scare the bejesus out of my grandparents sleeping below, Aerosmith was banging hard on my setlist so when the fas hit the ras (Iraqi antonym for fit hit the shan) I didn't know.
Hell was loose outside, all sorts of variations on the word Boom could be heard from all sorts of directions, I shrugged, in our side of the Earth, rat-a-tats at night were the oh-so-mundane lullaby of the bedtime story, they usually subsided after 10 or 15 minutes, probably some wise-asses Shiite back-in-blacks trying to take over the nearest mosque they could get at in the Sunni monster of Adhamiya, or like last time when a dude of the locally set-up watch teams accidentally mistook an American hummer for Interior forces and lashed out, intiating an accidental firefight that lasted for 30 minutes, only this time, it didn't break down.

As time went on, things only got worse and worse, the explosions became less monotonus and more scary, and for the first time in many moons, me, the careless, bohemian 21-year-old guitarist started to feel the pangs of fear, this was different, these goddamn Interior forces, why just couldn't they let us be...

I washed myself at 4 am and tried to pray, from far off, explosions stopped for a minute, triumpahnt cries of 'Allah Akbaar' were heard before the explosions barked back in retort. The event gave me a very uneasy feeling, what WAS going on out there?

I went to sleep.
I woke up at 6:30 am, half an hour before our Kia arrives to take me to college, Abu Esmail was up, as usual, but what was unusual was that the explosions outside did not die down.

This was bad, the room was hot, and I woke up in a pool of sweat, it was one of the few times when I felt an unbearable force of gravity pushing me to the ground and I felt that if only I could just get out of my clothes, my body, and just be free of all this terrible mess, of this inexplicable country, if God could only fleetingly transform me into an unimportant bird that could fly high in the sky singing songs about summer and meadows, as if in some false sugarcandy musical.
Oh my god, Oh my god.
I called the Line Driver, who said that he ain't coming and that All Adhamiya is sealed off.
Sure, I said, how can u come?
I cursed under my breath, took off my half-worn college clothes and slept semi-naked, Abu Esmail was still up.

***

I woke up at 2:30 pm, I heard nothing and I grudglingly I did some few chores before going outside to sniff out some news, Habeeb, my favorite naive neighbor told me that yesterday only five of our guys were killed, two of which were killed by 'friendly fire' or what he cheekily called 'own goal', of the Interior forces, he couldn't say, there were dozens dead ....

Those sons of bitches, they had it coming...
The people of Adhamiya are known for a strong anti-occupation stance, Adhamiya was named because of the Abu Haneefa mosque, otherwise known as Al-Imam Al-Adham (The Greatest Imam) hence the Adham in Adhamiya, the mosque ranks in importance as that of its Shiite counterpart in Kadhimiya, Imam Mosa Al Kadhum's. for these reasons, it is sometimes identified as the leading Sunni territory in Baghdad, in as much as Sadr city is THE shiite region.
Sectarian Badr/Interior forces have been responsible for the deaths of many good men of the area, such as the aforementioned Haji Amir which I talked about...
According to Iraqirabita.org (Arabic), which is so far the same site which told the events as we saw them on ground, about 2 am yesterday, a force of the Interior ministry backed up by militias in civil uniform demanded to enter the area for search operations, since any search operation was prohibited after curfew (11 pm), and the force was not backed up by any joint American coalition forces as instructed by the Interior/Defense ministry directives, the local watchteams refused their entry, clashes erupted soon afterwards... preliminary counts indicate that six vehicles of the Interior commandos were destroyed with its crew and that bodies filled up the aptly-named Omar street.

By the end of the day, I called my Shiite college friend, who told me that life outside was pretty normal and that everyone, except those whose homes are in Adhamiya, have attended seminars. His talk seemed very alien to me at the moment, as if speaking from another planet, I found normalcy irrelevant, he tried to talk me up about the graduation party but I almost wanted to slam the phone in his face, where the fuck are we and where are you? it was weird because normally I didn't give a damn.

Pretty soon, the day ended and the night came, I stayed up waiting, 2 am, 3 am, 4am
nothing....
oh well, I slept it and called it a day.

DAY 2

I woke up at 6:22 am, precisely so because the Alarm clock was mad and furious at me, I woke it up angrily hoping for all that noise to stop, I shut off the alarm,
it didn't stop.

the noise were outside, this time 3 times stronger than yesterday, I didn't even bother to call my line driver. the gunshots and explosions were literally over the top of our heads, calls from anxious relatives came rattling and local people with AK-47s were running in the streets, the mosque gave away a customary Muslim war chant : Allah Akabar , Allah Akabar , La Ilah Ila Allah....
some reports said that gunmen banged on doors and demanded young men to defend the area, nothing of the sort happened in our part of the town. Habeeb and his brother stood outside at the rooftop with their guns ready, much as we did in the days following the Feb.22 Samarra mosque catastrophe. I wished I could participate, but my parents have got rid of all the guns.

My love for my country, incongruent but always there, have focused now on my love for the people of my area, this was one of the dangers of sectarian get-togethers, my grandma, TA'IFFIYA, cursed Shiites on her every passing-by that day, and I don't blame her considering the trauma we've been suffering her for her emotion, wrong and politically incorrect as it may be.
As for the interference of the army in containig the crisis, a relative called and said that the National Guard people were just 'standing there shooting up in the air' while the fight rang on elsewhere.
American forces also joined in, siding up with the Interior forces, I really don't know about this one, I'll ask my pals later today.

Cursing, I slept again at 10 am, woke up at 3 and found that the noise has subsided thankfully, I hurried to Habeeb, we sat together talking girls for a while before his uncle came, telling us of the Interior forces commando who was lain dead at the head of our street for 3 hours...

The fight, as always, took place in the approprietly titled Omar street, as well as the Ras Al Hawash areas nearing the police center.

Fights were rampant around Baghdad college perimeter as well.

That afternoon, My grandparents told me that fliers were thrown in which 'Shiites' threatened to kill or arrest all the youths of Adhamiya, and said that the place have become unsafe for me and they told me that I'd better do the moving out which I've been planning for several months now today.

I quickly hurled up a few items of mine into a taxi and hauled ass, this was 5 pm.
the area was mostly empty, in Kamm street, Iraqi army forces set up checkpoints and began inspecting cars, we left there for my other grandma's house in an area that shall remain unknown.

Today, I called my grandma TA'IFFIYA to see how she was doing, she said things were fine and people at Abu Haneefa mosque gathered : National Guard officials, Msulim Scholars and Interior forces representatives settled to solve the issue, but said that there were rumors of things loose still, I told her I wanted to come back and pick up a few things and she approved this but instructed me to be careful.

I took up a taxi again and as soon as we reached the place I felt a sense of wondrous, wondrous pride of the people of my area, goddamit, we are strong, word on the street that something as big as 400 Interior forces members were killed.

Look at me, all sectarian and igrnoant in this post, but what can u do when hell's split asunder, u run for people who look like you, I'm sorry to say this, but the chances of any average Iraqi Joe considering things in non-sectarian terms, be it the people he meets or the subliminals given off by the color of his underwear, are as much as the appearnce of the proverbial Red Flying Elephant.


All this while the assholes in the g-zone play merry-go-round round the Prime Minister chair.
















Wedesnday, April 19 2006

102 comments:

Melantrys said...

*falls onto floor and kisses the Kid's feet*

*springs up again and slaps him several times, hard*

Waaaah, next time you give an earlier life sign, ok?! I was really, really worried, man.

How's the AnaRki?

Anonymous said...

Interesting story. i hope you stay safe over there.

Frenzie said...

Damn dude.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

"Allah hu akbar, Allah hu Akbar, La illa hil il Allah..." IS NOT a muslim war chant.
At 6.30am it is the first few lines of the call to morning prayer from the local mosque.
How can you use these Holy words to say they are "A muslim war chant"?

Im sure its hard not to be ignorant and sectarian in the current situation, but your website has been so balanced and insightful through all the troubles so far, that it would be a shame if that clear-minded approach stopped.


Death to Zalmay Khalilzad.

Peace.

Melantrys said...

*rolls on floor, laughing*

Looky here, the Kid knows it's not actually a war chant. So do I, and I'm a German Christian. The Kid is just being his usual funny self.

*giggles some more*

Morbid Smile said...

Hey it's good to see you alive!

Moving out to another area? Don't you think it's almost the same everywhere in Baghdad now?!

You felt that your friend was living in a different world when you called him. Well it's the same thing when similar clashes take place in the other part of the city ( 3amria, Doora... )and we, people who lives in Adhamiya, almost know nothing about it and say that life is going normally!


Take care, bro.

olivebranch said...

stay safe my friend. nice post- nice account. Don't think on secterian lines when you can avoid it.

DAMN BADR, DAMN MEHDI, DAMN IDIOTS

damn militia.

not DAMN shiite.

Jon in Maryland said...

Hey Kid. Stay safe! I've been worried about you too. Silence may sometimes be golden, but lately it has been nerve-wracking.

The newspaper reports here (Washington Post and W. Times) were murky as hell. They called it a Rashomon-like situation, different versions of the situation from everyone and nobody knowing for sure who the outside forces were and why they were there. Plus at least some cases of "friendly fire." I'm kind of glad your grandparents got rid of the guns.

And I second (or third) those who hope you won't give up your non-sectarian ways and thoughts. The more people like you there are in Iraq, the more hope there is for the future.

Be well and, once more, stay safe!

Konfused Kid said...

Dude, about that Islamic war chant : you're correct, it's usually said in the prayer call, but when it is not part of prayer call, it becomes sort of like a warning or a code....it was like this: all of a sudden, a voice spoke, not with the usual enchanting slow-rhythm of the prayer, but with quick normal speech : Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, La Ilah Ila Laah
(God is Greater, God is Greater, There is not God But Allah)

attawie said...

Glad you moved out of Adhamiya. It's for your own safety.I hope the other place at least a bit calmer. I love Adhamiya and I'm honored just to pronounce its name.

Stay safe

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a punk cousin of yours said...

dude habibi do something about these spam comments ..

and hamdillah assalamah

Melantrys said...

They are becoming rather annoying; I have to agree.

Hey, Kid, think about how much fun we can have with word verification on your blog as well!!! *manic smile*

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I heard before that Americans are blogging as Iraqis, and this is one. Iraqi kid, aged 20 yrs, speaks with such a standard of English language and good spelling. I am Iraqi, and know very well how Iraqis write and what's their language level. Come on!
Look at the kid's interests: no Arabic or Iraqi books, songs or anything. Unfortunately there are many idiots who would believe anything, LOL
Hey kid, obviously your writings aimed at the American public, but make it a little bit real, because there are more intelegent people out there who would also read your writings. Obviously, you wouldn't admit that, probably you are getting paid for this blogg!

Anonymous said...

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make some nice extra cash secret shopping. Just go to the site below
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Melantrys said...

Mah, do the word verification thing, Kiddo.

And, dear Anonymous, who's paying you to discredit the Kid? Some Americans who don't want that ppl consider Iraqis likable? ;)

Instead of commenting bullshit like that, why don't you try to find out more about the person you're talking about, before spamming his blog with absurd lies?

Treat these as rhethorical questions, please, I'm not interested in the fables you'd tell in answer.

Oh, P.S.: I wish the Kid were in America, then I wouldn't have had to worry like I did before he finally gave a life sign.

Mah, dunno why I even try talking to this person, Kid, so just ignore that, but you really need to do something about those spam comments above; they're getting more annoying by the day.

Jon in Maryland said...

Gee, Anonymous, i.e., the one questioning the Kid's identity, if not the same as the spam-dripper, why should anyone believe you're Iraqi? Just because you quietly slipped in one misspelling? (intelegent?). If he were not Iraqi, I as an American would think it more likely that he was equally American and British with an Iraqi background.
As for you, running about with no identity, you could be any nationality and posting on a dozen blogs with that many or more aliases.

Konfused Kid said...

Very nice, it's been a while since I received a comment like yours, well, the problem is that what Anymous said is mostly correct, most Iraqis speak english like they're chewing a slipper, as surely anyone who sat in a primary school trying to learn English have been familiar with the
Zaki? Whar is Zaki? He is wid Layla etcetra ,etcetra, the conclusion he reaches conicide with the common sense, but there are anomalities, weirdoes people like me, and I am one of them - I am 100% Iraqi my friend, and if u don't believe that, let me prove that to you

والله العظيم انه عراقي ولك يمكن حقك لان اني احجي بلفة الاجانب بس يعني شنو قابل كلنا واكعين من السطح يعني انته لمن تشوفني بالشارع قابل راح اكلك هاي هاو ار ايو لا طبعا راح اكلك ها ولك كواد اخ ال...الى اخره...بس انته عبالك النظام ميولد شواذ و عبالك لان اكعد بصف خامس ابتدائي تقريني المعلمة شليدرين ار ان ذا ستريت لازم ارطن الانكليزي مالتي اهيج بس اني فاهم و متعلم و مترتب و هدفي انه ابين للعالم انه مو كلنا وسخين ...ولكي ابرهن لك ذلك اني عازمك على هاي الفلافل ام العمبة يم مطعم مأمون الشهير و نردح سوية على حسام الرسام , و على ذكر ابن الحلال :

انه شروكي, انه الما بعت ربعي و صرت لوكي


Ana Shurooki, Ana Ma Ba'3it Rab'3i ow Sirit Loogi.
ah, why bother...

i am iraqi like u, I've spent about half a year trying to tell people that we are not as dirty, as stupid, as common-folk down-trodden crap like they think we are, it doesn't hurt that I can speak English very well, still, if u don't believe that :

Ayer B Koss Wijih Ukhtak Akh El Kahba.

no offence ;)

Melantrys said...

Meh, damned Iraqis for communicating in strange symbols. :P

Oh, and as an addition: the average German is pretty bad at English as well. Hence we have to conclude that I can't be German.
Totally fooled ya, Kid, eh? :D

Caesar of Pentra said...

Ok, ok, ok! Enough chit chat! Come and join me! Come to the internal hostel, it is much safer!

0023 said...

KK--

You may want to check if your anonymous accuser's IP is this:
61.68.35.116

This is the IP of former blogger Emigre, who believes most Iraqi blogger's are frauds, so anon's little number sounded familiar to me. Fayrouz has been having trouble with her lately. If that IP does show up for anon, she's not Iraqi, she's from Sydney, Australia.

As for my opinion, if Zeyad thinks you're Iraqi, then you don't need to post in arabic to prove it. Blog on!

Melantrys said...

Well, they met face to face, so Zeyad should know. ;)

the kid's cousin said...

Wilak, didn't I tell you to deal with the spam?

بعدين ولك اشو انت ادبسز .. اللي يريد يشوف الناس انه العراقيين مو كلهم زبالة يكوم هو يحجي زبالة؟ شنو هالخريط مالتك

get a life

do something useful, like .. join the rabita or something.

Anonymous said...

A note from those of us who care in America:

I am sorry that you have had so many difficulties. I only hope that you see with the number of hits to your blog that there are many who have not turned away from the realities of this war. I am glad, however, that your parents got rid of the guns.

One thing Iraqis and Americans share is a total lack of leadership at the top(although perhaps your new prime minister will prove this wrong -- here's hoping). Here are a few links to dissenters in America, whom you might not be aware of:

An Iraq War veteran who is now trying to help Iraqi orphans and Iraqi youth:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/printout1076.html

Here is a video link (pick the top video that says "John Kerry on War in Iraq") for which the above veteran speaks first:

http://www.c-span.org/search/basic.asp?ResultStart=1&ResultCount=10&BasicQueryText=john+kerry&image1.x=15&image1.y=9

And here is the text of Sen. John Kerry's speech (former prez candidate who most eloquently speaks about the traditions of dissent in America) talking about Vietnam which he protested against and Iraq today:

http://blog.thedemocraticdaily.com/?p=2723

I know there has to be great leaders like the above in Iraq; we're just not hearing about them above the noise of violence. Thanks for listening.

Beachmom

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your current lack of quality of life, and cannot imagine living amid such violence. I only hope that you see with the number of hits to your blog that there are many who have not turned away from the realities of this war.

I put this in the comments section of Eject's blog, but wanted to send it directly to you, too.

One thing Iraqis and Americans share is a total lack of leadership at the top (although perhaps your new prime minister will prove this wrong -- here's hoping). Here are a few links to dissenters in America, whom you might not be aware of:

An Iraq War veteran who is now trying to help Iraqi orphans and Iraqi youth:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/printout1076.html

Here is a video link (pick the top video that says "John Kerry on War in Iraq") for which the above veteran speaks first:

http://www.c-span.org/search/basic.asp?ResultStart=1&ResultCount=10&BasicQueryText=john+kerry&image1.x=15&image1.y=9

And here is the text of Sen. John Kerry's speech (former prez candidate who most eloquently speaks about the traditions of dissent in America) talking about Vietnam which he protested against and Iraq today:

http://blog.thedemocraticdaily.com/?p=2723

I know there has to be great leaders like the above in Iraq; we're just not hearing about them above the noise of violence. Thanks for listening.

Beachmom

Anonymous said...

Arghh!! Please delete 2nd post. Konfused Kommenter in America hits wrong button while trying to post similar message on another Iraqi blog. Sorry. Feeling a little embarrassed now.

Beachmom

RG said...

OK, let me get this straight.

Iraqi's are killing Iraqis. So much for standing side by side as fellow country men.

Well then, lets try peace through religion. Lets all be Muslim. OOPS, not working, Iraqi Shiite Muslims are killing Iraqi Sunni Muslims (or vice versa).

Dang.

Well, I guess the comment above by "Anonymous" is pretty much the state of things:

"Death to Zalmay Khalilzad.

Peace."
Anonymous

RG said...

“It is by the creation of God, that we before Him and before the laws of justice are free and equal.” The First Great Document created by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America

not sunni, not shiite, not Iraqi, but human beings, all created equally and free by God.

Melantrys said...

Hm, not quite the wording used in the Declaration of Independence, but the meaning is basically sound.

You just forgot to add the unspoken amendments: "... except if we are not Christians, black, women or some other minority that is not regarded as equal."

;)

Anonymous said...

Melantrys:

Incorrect. One could argue that the Declaration of Independence excluded women because it was written in the masculine, although that was the norm during that time. However, the document itself does NOT exclude non-Christians or any other minority group. The problem was that the promise in the document was not fulfilled until the late '60s, and we still have work left to do to bring full equality to all Americans.

Here is what it says:

"We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Read the whole thing:

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm

I think we can all agree that "Creator" is encompassing enough to include ALL faiths.

Beachmom

Melantrys said...

I was talking about actual fact, not what was written down, hence I said "the unspoken amendments".

What good is a brilliantly written constitution if ppl pay no heed to what it says? B-)

And in that context rg's comment doesn't make much sense, see? :)

RG said...

Speaking of Women in Iraq

Gotta love it when Iraqis can kill Iraqis for being a woman reporter, working for the government (interior ministry) or the wrong brand of Islam, or maybe 10,000 other reasons to proclaim pride in one group of Iraqis holding thier own against another group of Iraqis.

Syria and Iran love when idiots go blood sport crazy on each other.

rg said...

All I am saying is this. The Interior Ministry IS THE GOVERNMENT of Iraq. If they need to find people who are murdering people, the mujahadeen, then they, like any other law enforcement agency of the government of any other nation WILL be allowed to come in and bring killers to justice.

You fight against the new government, you are criminal. You will be hunted down and imprisoned. Too many nations have put too much work into helping the people get a strong representative government in place to allow a bunch of locals to defy the new democratic government of Iraq.

When the government gets strong enough, AND IT WILL, all local dumb ass militias will be CRUSHED... Law and order throughout Iraq WILL BE ESTABLISHED.

Anonymous said...

Melantrys:

Are you talking about 1776? I would say the "unwritten amendments" were "let's put off that pesky issue of slavery until later". Hence the bloody Civil War that occurred less than 100 years later.

Are you saying that Iraq has to make painful compromises to avert total civil war (or is there total civil war there now?), but that the issue will still be a problem down the line? Avert war now, only to have it later? Or is there no stopping the war now?

Only Iraqis know that answer. I'm all ears.

Beachmom

cile said...

congrats!!!
still exhausted from the party? must say i'm veeerrry curious to 13's pics!
bests

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

Melantrys,

You seem like a nice person, but I have to call you on this one. No country is perfect. No country will EVER be perfect. The United States has it's problems just like Iraq and just like Germany. Perhaps, since you are so interested in equality, you would like to comment on this article:

http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,357628,00.html

I will let you copy and paste as I have problems with those links on some of these blogger sites.

"People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones."

Melantrys said...

Lynnette:
Didn't go copy-pasting yet, but that last sentence is why I wrote what I wrote. That rg person was annoying the heck out of me by feeling so much more civilized, see?

Ok, I'm vaguely reading the article now; I just returned from visiting my colleague, and he always gives me beer in summer. ;)
Do you have an email address or something; this would require a way too long - and more sober - reply.

Short version: I am well aware of the problems we have. Some "everyday racism" topics can be found on my blog. And you'll never catch me saying Germany is cool and civilized. ;)

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

lol! Yes, some people can be very annoying. O.K., Peace.

I don't post an e-mail on my profile, probably for the same reason you don't. I really screwed up my one at home (spam, ads, you name it) and I don't read that one much anyway. The only other one I have is the one at work.

O.K., so I just set up a hotmail address. Don't you feel special? :) Try lynnetteinminnesota@hotmail.com

RG said...

Iraq the Model has picked up on this...

http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/

Sounds confusing...

Jon in Maryland said...

Yes, Randy G can be annoying (assuming rg is the Amazing Randy, which his sentiments and style seem to indicate), as in the comment about the Interior Ministry being THE government of Iraq. What happened to the Iraqi Army, the Oil Ministry, the parliament, etc., et al.? The problem with the Interior Ministry and its power to "come in and bring killers to justice" is that by most accounts the Interior Ministry has been greatly infiltrated by Shi'a militiamen, has set up its own secret prisons and torture chambers, etc. Quis custodiet custodes? Who is watching the watchmen? Fortunately, on at least one or two occasions, U.S. troops did raid secret Interior Ministry prisons. But how many "people who are murdering people" are actually employees of the Interior Ministry and why should anyone welcome the foxes to watch the henhouse?

حقيقتا رندي جي انت مجنون!

Jon in Maryland said...

Yes, Randy G can be annoying (assuming rg is the Amazing Randy, which his sentiments and style seem to indicate), as in the comment about the Interior Ministry being THE government of Iraq. What happened to the Iraqi Army, the Oil Ministry, the parliament, etc., et al.? The problem with the Interior Ministry and its power to "come in and bring killers to justice" is that by most accounts the Interior Ministry has been greatly infiltrated by Shi'a militiamen, has set up its own secret prisons and torture chambers, etc. Quis custodiet custodes? Who is watching the watchmen? Fortunately, on at least one or two occasions, U.S. troops did raid secret Interior Ministry prisons. But how many "people who are murdering people" are actually employees of the Interior Ministry and why should anyone welcome the foxes to watch the henhouse?

حقيقتا رندي جي انت مجنون!

rg said...

Nope. I am not Randy G, whoever that is.

Just someone who wishes everyone in Iraq would stop shooting at each other. Someone might get hurt...

Melantrys said...

Lynnette, I feel so special now!!!
Almost too special to go shopping now, but - alas! - that has to be done.

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

Well now that can be a chore if you're talking grocery shopping, but if you're talking clothes, that's another story! :)

Melantrys said...

No clothes, sadly..... :|

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

Melantrys,

I got the e-mail. I tried to reply but don't know if it was sent properly. Nothing showed up in my sent folder. Let me know if you got it.

Melantrys said...

Nopes, didn't get it. :(

Melantrys said...

Hey, Kid, you don't mind us using this place as a message board, do you? :D :D

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

O.K., I think it worked this morning. And I have not a clue as to what I did differently! Grrrr.....sometimes I hate computers!

Yeah, sorry Kid for taking up space like this, but you're more reliable than that *bleeping* e-mail program. I guess you get what you pay for!

Jon in Maryland said...

Shopping??!!! The anonymous spammer wants you to go shopping! Well, guess I shouldn't say anything since I went shopping today for groceries and books. Everybody needs those.

RG said...

US and Iraqi forces rescue Sunnis taken hostage by Shiite death squad.

Morbid Smile said...

So ... Where's the Kid in all of this?? He seems to be vanishing again! Many battles took place in Adhamiya after this post and yet he didn't show real signs of life.

Melantrys, don't you think he should be punished for this?! ;)


C'mon, Kid. We demand a new post!

Melantrys said...

Yeah, he should be punished. But 13 little birdies told me today that he is fine. ;)
So I'm not sure about what to do to him. Besides, I'd have to hire ppl, what with me being so far away from there....

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Hey, the kid and I had a small chat a couple of days ago.. he was fine..

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good to hear that. although a fine new post would be better than punishments, which would indeed be a bit too complicated to organize. (could as well be a great excuse for baghdadi bloggers to meet him :D
but then again, better make some fun with eachother.

so yes: heya kiddooo, how are you?!

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The Kid is a Kollege Kid, and this is apparently the month for final exams (although one blog said something about the Education Ministry issuing some sort of statement saying it was up to schools and universities when (or whether!) to schedule finals. Since the Kid's a most excellent blogger, he's probably a most excellent student too (when he's serious about it), and he's been working on his B.Sc. project (whatever it is - maybe he'll surprise us and tell us someday). So no punishment for now. If it ever comes to that, we could stop leaving raves, or say something like "This is not a rave, it's a rant! This is not a comment, it's a complaint!"

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No punishment? But we enjoy threatening him!!!!!!

*pouts*

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Even idle threats at a distance? Well, I guess that's better for him than real ones close to home. But he'll be back soon. After all, it's been A WHOLE MONTH since his last blog. (Whoops, my little finger must have slipped onto the caplock key.) But Salaam Pax came back near the beginning of May and he hadn't blogged since February. So there's still hope for the Kid.

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I'm a political refugee in hell (Just incase one of those clerics makes it to Heaven). Whoever interested in watching all of these..(people is too much of a word to be wasted on them)..(I still can't find a word to describe them)..(OH! Well..) SCUM burn in Hell, I'm saving the front row. Iraqis get priority.

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He'S busy with exams at the moment.

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New York Times takes all my time.

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;) let them pay you well!

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Sorry so long, but don't think the automatic link command I use will work here.

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