Friday, December 01, 2006

Checkpoints

If Bush is a chimp, then al-Maliki is definitely an Orange-tang. Think about it. I don't believe in the theory of Evolution, but seeing Mr. Bush and al-Maliki tpgether was too strong a point that definitely made me reconsider.

I'm posting more often. I should stop doing this before it gets too much.
Ever since I left Iraq for Jordan, I was feeling a sense of guilt and remote detachment from what I was talking about, I was hoping that I won't be one of these people talking about things far removed from reality on the ground. It's nice to know that today the news came knocking at my doorstep.

Today, Abu al-Mahasin Abo Esraa Dawlat Prime minister Nori Juwad Kamel al-Maliki was about to meet up with George Bush. Hang on while I go get me a banana.

At 5 PM Wedesnday, my sister who was in college couldn't get inside our area, it was barricaded!!! She did manage to return 20 minutes later, but nostalgia almost made me stand up too quickly, what the? I left all checkpoints behind me in that hellhole....curious enough, I dug up a friend and arranged a hangout....
at 7 PM I was out and no sooner than a few streets away that I find a heavy entourage of police surrounding the Four Seasons hotel ; ever since the 2005 Amman explosions, the hotel has put up a 2-man checkpoint at its main entrance, today a memory-raiser Hummer (green, though) was lazily parked while about 10 men were stationed across nearby streets....all the cars parking at the nearby Arab Bank has been evacuated and they effectively cut off the hotel from the outside streets...they allowed traffic to come in at a regulated pace. As I was making my way through when a bus full of 20-policemen came into the hotel. What could be in there? doesn't King Abdullah II has a royal palace zoo for keeping these malicious simians? It could be the press, speculated mom before I left, but it's too much for that in my own opinion...could the Elephant Man Allawi be snoozing there? or maybe shit-grin Azuz? Sheeesh....The thought of al-Hakim being so near sent shivers to my spine.

Picking up my pal, we had to listen for the typical sermon of the valiant Arab hero, the Jordanian taxi-driver, after a nice exchange of the glorious Iraqis and the Arab nations, asked me where do I hail from, I replied 'Adhamiya' and he said after a moment of recognition, "yeah yeah those brave Sunni resistance" he then descended into the usual routine of calling Shi'ites as unbelievers that should be afraid of the 'Saffavids' and saying that how much we ADORE Saddam, we hate Uday because he raped women, etc etc....for the fuck of it, I told him that I was a Shi'ite. He was caught off guard for a minute and then I couldn't stand it and laughed out loud.

There was a rumor, launched by a subtite on hugely unreliable al-Zawraa TV, which has since Saddam's death sentence been following a very vocal pro-Baathist stance, going as far as broadcasting resistance videos, that Abu Der'a, the notorious Sadr City rambo, was killed. But I don't think so. and even so....what good did the death of Zarqawi do anyway?

The city in general was barren, and other hotels, such as the Days Inn, and the Radisson, which were actually attacked during 2005, did not have such security measures.

The great thing about that day though, was the movie...It's been a while since I last saw a movie that totally, totally blew me away. "The Departed" is a new entry into my picky all-time classics, it's already in my favorite gangster movie genre, reminding me a lot of Curtis's LA Confidential, another classic of mine....I never really appreciated Scorcese until now - the ending is one of the most original ever ; the unexpected, unexpected, unexpected climax generated all sorts of reactions from the crowd - the girl curled up next to me let out a gasp....I laughed out loud again! too loud this time though....but most were silent, awed.

Watch it.

Hey...looks like al-Maliki hit Bush with a pipe (Iraqi slang for dumped) for today's dinner date, I don't think it was because he wanted to shave though.

Nice going, Darwin!

27 comments:

nadia n said...

hah throwing down some pipe means something very different over here.

Tamara said...

Hey there, Konfused Kid!
You know what somebody once said... sometimes a banana is just a banana. No wait... it was more like, Men are just men. No wait... it was, Power corrupts.
Something like that....

... a pleasure to read your blog, KK. Do I hear rumours that you'll soon be starting up a Middle Eastern version of Rage Against the Machine...???

beachmom1 said...

Glad to hear you're safe in Jordan. Your last post did seem too philosophical for you to have been in Iraq.

The president, no matter where he goes, shuts down everything and manages to be a nuisance to anyone living in the area. Unlike most things about what's happening in the M.E., you can't particularly blame Bush, since it's the same with whomever is president.

baka said...

hai shino, beshbooshi stayed at four seasons or what?

Jeffrey said...

Kid,

Man, Maliki must have had a bristly five-o-clock shadowed mug when his mom gave birth to him. It looks like that guy would have to use some kind of extreme POWER TOOL to cut back the growth on his jowls by noon each day.

Amazing.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed that Maliki has yet to find a razor that can cut through that dense underbrush on his chin.

*

Matt said...

I saw The Departed a while back. A very fine movie, indeed. When did you leave Iraq, btw?

baka said...

Haa dude, I forgot, since you're talking about movies, there's a Japanese drama called Kurosagi, I recommend you watch it, the main guy in the show reminds me a lot of you.

You can find it on youtube.

Marshmallow26 said...

Hello Kid,

Which one is the best? Iraqi Checkpoints or Jordanian's?? Wait, did I say checkpoint?

I guess it should be CHICK-POINT!! haha

annie said...

I'm posting more often. I should stop doing this before it gets too much.

don't even think about it! i love it when you post. you have one of the most distinctive voices on the web.

love your new layout btw. the stars??

tell me more, always tell me more..

Indigo said...

As beachmom1 says, wherever a US President goes, everything gets shut down.

About 10 years ago, I flew to Israel to visit my husband who was at the time working at the British Consulate in Jerusalem. (I am a Brit.) My flight landed in Tel Aviv about the same time as Airforce 1 arrived, carrying President Clinton. There followed one of the most surreal hours of my life ever. I think that I was the only person allowed out of the airport (before President Clinton's entourage was clear of the area). The road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was closed to all traffic apart from the Israeli army (IDF) - and the British Consulate car that had been sent to collect me. We drove back to Jerusalem at break-neck speed, being waved through IDF checkpoints.

British Government officials do not shut down a country when they visit.

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

British Government officials do not shut down a country when they visit.

And neither does the President of the United States.

Pssst, Anarki if you read this, I hope that was a polite comment. I'm trying, I'm trying.

Anonymous said...

Did you see the story about the Iraqi women's beach volleyball team?
It doesn't say if they won or not...

Iraqi beach volleyball

Story from msbnc

Anonymous said...

I see. You are one of the Iraqis that fled to a neighboring country. You need to change your blog to say you are in Jordan instead of Baghdad. I had assumed you were one of the Iraqis who had the strength to stay. I don't mean this negatively. You do what you have to do, but I had assumed I was listening to an actual Iraqi in Iraq.

Anonymous said...

he only "fled" recently.

Anonymous said...

Sang,
Its not courage that keeps people back in Iraq; its a lack of resources, age, or just having no other choice. When your life is at stake in one spot, do you stay there?

Melantrys said...

Yeah, right, have the strength to go back to Baghdad and die by an act of violence of your choice. (Or rather some psycho madman's choice...) Sometimes I think people aren't reflecting at all on what they're saying....

I for one did not like the Kid going back to Baghdad after we had met and am glad he safely made the return trip.

For a totally different reason though I, too, think he should have mentioned that he left. People have been worrying, and now they'll be breathing a sigh of relief.

Of course more nutters will now tell him that he has to change his blog or even try to forbid him to write about what's going on in Iraq. As if doing the sensible thing and leaving (surviving) somehow disqualified people from having an opinion on the country.

Just ignore them, Kid. I wasn't aware that you had to leave your nationality at the border... ;)

Omar said...

Sang J. Moon, from the looks of it, you would shit your pants if you stayed 5 minutes in baghdad. So just hsut the fu*ck up and go back to playing with yourself. What a sad story of a human being.

Anonymous said...

Kid lost friends in Iraq just a few months ago . . . i think he is plenty entitled to talk about Iraq right now.

Plus it seems like he learned a lot from seeing how the rest of the Arabs see Iraq as they are still stuck "behind the lines" of dictatorship.

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