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By Nour Al-Houda Al-Furaati
Edited by Rob Gibran
July 25, 2005
Baghdad: Itís been three years now,
Unfortunately, this has been the Iraqi condition since the fall of Saddamís regime, and yet we keep hearing that tens of billions of dollars are being spent on Iraqi reconstruction.† Thatís what the Iraqi satellite TV channel says in its news bulletins and its political talk shows. But weíve only received rotten wheat and an empty ration card, and now our esteemed economics committee is threatening to discontinue even that!†
I wonder if Mr. Habib Al-Sadr, the manager of the Iraqi satellite channel, has heard the desperate cries of hungry Iraqi families for the ration card. Has he heard how the poor people are dressed these days? We wish he would tell us, when he appears on TV in his elegant black suit. I could almost smell the expensive French cologne through the screen!
This is the regrettable situation weíre
in. Ever since March 19, 2003, when the American match lit the fire in
Of course it is.† And that is why we should all get to work, especially you, my Iraqi sister:† You are the pillar of this house, and your house is surrounded by deadly fire and flames.† Will you remain silent, or will you fight back?
First, you must safeguard your children
and your husband. Second, you must maintain your identity as an Arab and an
Iraqi, and defend this identity against any falsification.† Remember that
your house is all of
The first principle of firefighting is to remove any fuel or combustible material from the vicinity of the flames to prevent them from spreading. Our fire is being kindled by the occupier, so we must figure out how to stop this kindling, which is comprised of all the occupierís allies who came with him and by his blessing.
Your first priority is to move quickly from silence into action. You must warn your neighbors, especially your next-door neighbor, so that she will follow your example. Fire will not wait for an invitation to come in. Your first weapon is your voice, so shout loudly, at the top of your voice: FIRE FIRE FIRE!† You should then ask for assistance, but be sure to know who youíre asking help from. In times of crisis, thieves move in to steal, and they steal everything: your valuables, your honor, and your values.
Once the fire is put out, you must find the causes so that you can prevent future fires.† The best way to prevent fires is to be careful when using flammable items, and better yet not bring them into your house in the first place!
My fellow Iraqi women, in
Prepare the fire extinguishers everywhere
Can you remain silent?† I doubt it, because you are the daughters of this noble land!