Hysteria... Sweet Dreams
Mohammad Mahmoud, Al-Hayat, 2003/04/25
Jordan - Some Arabs are living in a state of hysteria nowadays, after the promises made by Saddam's fallen regime about driving the Mongols of this century to suicide outside the walls of Baghdad, withered away. Then it runs away and disappears.
This picture, surprising to some Arabs, isn't strange or weird to others who were familiar with Saddam Hussein and his lies. Many Arab academics warned that the people should not believe Saddam and his partisans or what the Arab satellite channels said about the existence of Iraqi resistance. They warned from the repetition of the 1967 war, when the Arab advertising channels were congratulating the people for the victory against Israel, and the destruction of numerous enemy fighters, and a bigger number of tanks, and the assassination of an unlimited number of soldiers. The Arabs lived in a beautiful dream from which they awoke to the bitter loss.
Today, the experience is happening again, we imagined Saddam as the 'Arab Prince' who would defeat the enemy. What breaks the heart is that the Arab world doesn't want to believe who Saddam is, nor the monstrosity of the dictatorship the Iraqis suffered from for more than 3 decades under the regime of this man and his gang. If some Arabs used to release all their anger on the Iraqi opposition because it wants to destitute the regime, and accused it of being a traitor that doesn't represent the Iraqi people, they saw the happiness of the Iraqi people from the fall of the regime. They realized that the Iraqis were waiting for salvation. Instead of changing their mind and be happy with what the Iraqis accomplish, they started accusing them in public. We all saw those who pretend to be educated, they appear on the cable screens, and say that this is not the Iraqi people. So who are the Iraqi people? Obviously, the Iraqi people are, to those, Saddam Hussein and his partisans only.
These should understand that the Iraqi people was and still is most of the most eager people to defend their country and their dignity. The pain they are feeling now is because the foreign troops came to ouster the regime. Not one of those who call themselves Arabs helped the Iraqi people. The Arabs, who cried on the death of many victims in Iraq, didn't cry, during all the past years, on the death of many more victims on the hands of Saddam's regime itself. The Arab countries that opened their frontiers for the volunteers and for defending the Iraqi regime, claiming they can't control each inch of the frontiers with Iraq, should answer this question: how could they control their frontiers in the Golan and Palestine, and stop the volunteers from slipping to fight the Zionist enemy, but are not able to stop the infiltration to Iraq?
I say these Arabs who went to Iraq were stabbed in the back after the regime dumped them. Today, they are lost in Iraq with no money, and without knowing the way back. They know none of the Iraqis would help them. So, they will either surrender or fight till the end to keep their dignity. To those who are still shocked from the fast invasion of Baghdad, I say what President Berry said: "the people under an internal occupation can't fight a foreign invader."
Mr. Mahmoud is an Iraqi reporter.