From Iraq the Model, one of the most widely-read Iraqi blogs, a tragic dialogue, held in a bomb shelter, a short while after an indiscriminately-fired mortar shell landed 60 yards from the blogger’s father’s home. I the M describes his father as a man who “lived through the times of the monarchy, the first republic, the pan-Arab nationalists and the Ba’ath and he’s from the generation that ruled Iraq for decades and many of our current politicians belong to this generation,” who understands “the way his generation thinks….”
Me: How is this mess going to resolve dad?
Dad: it is not.
Me: Are you positive? Why?
Dad: People find solutions only if they wanted to and I think many of the political players do not want a solution.
Me: Is there a chance the situation will further escalate?
Dad: Most likely yes, we are a state still run by sentiments rather than reason which means it’s a brittle state and any sentimental overreaction can turn the tide it in either direction.
Me: what kinds of challenges can make things worse?
Dad: Virtually anything…assassinating a leader, a fatwa, attack on a shrine like last time; we do not possess the institutions that can abolish the effects of severe sentimental reactions.
Me: Is there going to be no role for politics?
Dad: What politics are you talking about?! We are dealing with deeply-rooted beliefs…Yes, in politics everything is possible but with religion you find yourself before very few options to choose from and our people have mostly voted for the religious.
Me: And what’s America’s role here? Will they stand by and watch while things go against what the way they desire?
Dad: Why do you always put America in the face of the canon? America is a super power but it’s not superman. These are our problems now and America has nothing to do with it. We have to fix our mess or no one will.
Me: Why do our politicians seek confrontation?
Dad: The religious seek death because after death comes heaven they believe…Do you want to deny them this dream?
Me: No but …will they really go to heaven?
Dad: hell, no!