Thursday, 1 January 2009

My Iraq:2009

I'll start out by saying I'm at some relatives house, across the Dijla, and slightly more north.

I was supposed to be travelling abroad, for more university stuff, but Iraq+Plans=Failure. I think its always best to go with the 'flow' here, as plans almost-correction never- work. That's both a good and bad thing I suppose.

The 30th was basically me moping that i wasn't going to spend it with my family, but relatives, who seemed to have a completely different idea about what life was about. Anyways, a few hours of silence later, it was the 31st. My father came back from Diyala, apparently missing an explosion. It always is worrying how many times you can 'escape' death, or how close you can come to it, without even realising. i try to convince myself the suprise will lessen, but it really doesnt. I always end up with the same reaction. An involuntary shudder. There's no other way to live I suppose. Anyway, back to diyala, something about dumping of dead bodies in local bisateen. The police forces in Diyala, I'm not sure whether to describe their reputation as the best police force or the worst. Equation number 2: law+village life=incompatible, or so it seems.

Anyway, 31st, was spent watching my mother cook at the speed of light, and watching relatives joke and laugh. A whole hour was dedicated to calling other family members and wishing them a happy new year, and success. This basically means a whole hour of shouting "Schlonkum? Inshalla il sayna il jedida itjeeb hob wa najah!!" ("how are you? hopefully the new year will bring love and success") down a crackly phone line.

It was truly a funny scene, as each side of the telephone line misunderstood, or misheard.
I think half an hour was spent trying to distinguish voices.

Children who i know are related to me, but I don't recognise, run around my ankles screaming, as I try to make sure that a tray of juice reaches its target-the living room- without being spilled. There's absolutley no second of quiet, but an ongoing stream of happy conversations. The tv is now on an iraqi channel, where some people are dancing. they have formed an impossbly long line, and shake their shoulders up and down trying to dance the chobii.

Of course the men have occupied a large area, talking about politics, economics etc etc of Iraq, before my nana gives them the 'look'. No more politics talk, and now jokes occupy the conversation, and everyone ducks as flecks of hab (seeds) fly out in all directions, accompanied by laughter.

Its still far from 12, so the all the family head out to a restaurant. A known restaurant is found, and everyone storms inside from the cold. Ten minutes are spent trying to find a table large enough, and instead we end up pulling two tables together. Looking at the menus was a suprise for my family only I think. There are so many foreign options now. To my suprise, all foods come with starters, salads and drinks.

A few minutes later, to everyones suprise, we hear bangs, and everyone is silenced. A guy checks outsides and sees no fireworks. But within minutes, the atmosphere resumes. Talking, eating laughing, and hey even flirting.

(In iraq, an increase in romance/engagements/weddings basically means that the situation is improving-the logic behind this is, if the situation is bad, everyone wants to live each second without the responsibility of a partner/children; if the situation is good-bring on the marital chains! :D).

The decision is made to walk home:
a) to burn off sugar, as dessert awaits at home
b) the traffic is ridiculous.

We pass a new checkpoint thing, and against our expectations, it is entirely manned by the iraqi army. One of the soldier hands a flower and a sparkler thing to every girl in our family. I try my best not to take it personally and fall in love. hhhhhhh

At home, the generator whirrs into life, and light floods the house. Its going to be 12, and everyone has managed by some miracle to fit into one room. We hear more bangs, again everyone is in jumpy mode again, but sheepishly we realise its fireworks outside. They glitter and sparkle.

At 12, everyone proceeds to start kissing and hugging everyone else. i found it easier to start on your knees, kissing all the children first, then work your way up, as adults usually spend half an hour in tears wishing you success in your life, whereas the children grin cheesily and slobber on your cheeks.

Twenty minutes later i have no saliva left. Kisses here are extremely sloppy, hhhh, or rather wet, but i think i prefer that to the air kisses. hhhhh, yes air kisses. If someone considers themselves high class in iraq, they do not kiss you, rather they place a hand on your shoulder and kiss the air on either side of you. I found this pointless, and just ended up moving my head from side to side while smiling. :D But with relatives....its like drowning in a bucket of saliva, but for some reason i always find it heart warming and fun.

More hab remnants fly as jokes are made about everyone and everything. One of the joke topics i remember, is about one of the women in the restaurant who said 'pitha' instead of pizza. Then Jokes about bald people. i look at my dad's head to make a point *cough thinning hair*.


The time is 4am, and i'm still not asleep.
a) because i'm ill, [and so i am inevitably going to spend the first day of 2009 in a bed]
b) because i keep replaying the day over in my head.

It doesn't need a genius to point out that no one should rush back to iraq, because things are far from perfect, but i can say i've never felt more alive in my life. Of course, bets are being made about when i will snap out of this euphoric phase. Not any time soon.

As a child, I always viewed new years day as something of a spell. It meant tidying my room to perfection, so that the coming year, my room-and life, would be tidy, I would wear new clothes, and I would make sure i was always smiling, so that in the new year i would be happy. Basically i was scared i would be cursed to have a bad year if each new year didn't start out perfectly.
Only one year ago did I snap out of idiocy. It really doesn't matter how you spend your new years eve/day, as long as its with who you love. i don't care how cheesy it sounds, every letter is true.
It doesn't matter if my room is messy on that day, or if i don't do anything special. i've realised this year is completely in my (our) hands, so with that, all i can say, cherish each second of life.
Now, I'm going to do some stupid things. It seems I enjoy making mistakes a little too much. :D

92 comments:

Miss Violet said...

hhhhhhh, I enjoyed your post so much TOUTA!!!! although i was studying a very tough subject that i have a mid-year exam of it tomorrow , you really made me laugh and smile with hope after reading your last beautiful lines of the post - i read it all BTW, from the very begging to the very end :D haha-.
It's something makes you cry and smile at the same time, when you hear an explosion and then after hearing it and being sure that people died by it , you continue your life as nothing has happened.. it happens in Iraq every day ... even I hate myself/people around me at that moment when I/they react by this cold-frozen reaction ...

BAGHDADENTIST said...

to spend your life especially in occasions with the whole family is priceless.

Miss Violet said...

BTW,take care of yourself, we always want to see you OK :)... Take medicines and have enough rest :D .

C.H. said...

Great post, Touta. I think that 2009 is going to bring many beautiful and fantastic things to Iraq :D

Moonlight said...

An amazing post and and amazing blog. I'm looking forward to keeping up to date with your life in Iraq(and commenting here and there) :). I pray with this new year the situation in Iraq will improve and may Allah protect you and your family.

-An Iraqi girl living in the U.S.

Touta said...

Miss violet,I'm glad i made you smile, and i pray you get the best marks in the test. I also thankful that you read it all-it was so long i couldnt re read it. hhhh.
As for the situation in iraq violet, dont think about it too much. If we think about each bang and gunfire, we would all be on drugs.We can help only by learning and achieving education. then we can go out and help,but until then, please keep safe. XxX

BD,
yes, spending time with family is priceless, but at your house, I'm sure they all moan as you walk into the room to insult them all *cough cough*. hhhhh. Best wishes

C.H.
I'm wishing for that as well, as well as a general improvement for the world- it seems as one thing improves something else flares up (palestine).

Moonlight,
Many thanks, I look forward to reading your comments, and I may even try to convince you as a fellow iraqi to write a blog. :D
Best wishes to you and your family as well.

C.H. said...

Touta,

What have you been seeing lately in Baghdad? I hear the Iraqi government and the Iraqi security forces are making tremendous strides to retake control of their city. Are there a lot of them on the streets?

Hopefully they will be able to take the place of the American soldiers who still remain in the capital very soon.

Touta said...

c.h.
i'm going to post some photos soon as i finish exams last one is on friday. :)

unfortunatly though, more explosions are expected due to ashura, some idiots trying to inflame sectarianism again. Today one was in kathamiya.

pepe said...

hi touta, thanks for the nice comment in the previous post. you know, i was watching the news about gaza and thinking if there is any kind of movement to come up with a new land for the palestinians. considering what they have now probably it wouldn't be that hard to find something better for a fair amount of money, like in africa for instance. after the second world war the international community had this idea that the jews deserved a land of their own, so i don't see why this could not happen again. do you know something about it?

Touta said...

pepe,
The situation in gaza is appalling, and the fact that no such thing has been done for the palestinians is quite ironic-in fact its hypocritical. All I can say is the demonstations all over the world shows that the international community does care- but their government is clearly too preoccupied with the 'economic crisis' to care.

Caesar of Pentra said...

*sighs*
A gloomy posting to start your blogging year with. Anway, c'est la vie en Irak. I guess your writing skills are more than great. I love the work you are doing there. Keep it up! :)

Touta said...

hhhhhhh.
Gloomy schlon?
tihchi farancee? ooh la la. :D
thanks, i love your work as well. I intend to trail through the archives one day....*creepy smile*

khalid jarrar said...

Hello there!!

Thanks for passing by! :) i replied to your comment there, yalla zoreeni always dont be a stranger.


why are you even reading this!! go back to your book! **screams**

:D

JG said...

Hi Touta,

A while back I was going to warn you about Jeffrey but on visiting his site I see you have found out the kind of person he is for yourself.

A complete lowlife!

You made him look like a complete fool, by the way!

attawie said...

hey hey touta :)

I hope you're feeling better by now and you're doing great in your exams.

I liked this post especially about kissing. You can joke about it but I can't :|

Glad that you tend to seem wiser in the last paragraph ;) be ware of the stupid stuff you'll do and after you doing a mistake look for the "lesson learned part"

take care and go back to your study :)

attawie said...

oh and I see that you survived the Nakhaly thing :D mabrook

Touta said...

khalid,
hhhhhhhhh. What books? *continues bonfire*

JG,
many thanks, :D

Attawie,
only one more left on friday! (yes friday). Thanks for the advice, my troubles still seem so small now, after i see gaza. :(
Survived the nakhaly thing? I kind of miss it...
:D

Jeffrey said...

Actually it was Touta Teenbeat who introduced the sexual theme into our conversation. She wrote:

Come on jeffrey, you know i'm going to cyber seduce you to try to get into the US.

My mama is sitting here saying "don't revise too hard touta", to which i replied.."no need to revise mama, i'm getting a green card!".


I thought it was pretty funny and riffed on that theme. She held up her side just fine. She has the potential to become a full-fledged flame warrior. Under my coaching, she could become something special.

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Touta said...

Jeffrey,
No. You did. All I can say is *owned*. By a 17 year old iraqi girl. Who should be revising.

"Do your parents know that you're now having an INTIMATE conversation with a MUCH OLDER MAN?

*IT'S TEN P.M. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE?*"

Jeffrey said...

Touta Teenbeat,

Intimate conversation and cyber sex are two different things, my little sex kitten. What color panties are you wearing today?

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Jeffrey said...

Touta Teenbeat,

By the way, have you ever thought of having sex with Khalid Jarrar. Hey, I know he's ugly and has a scratchy beard, but he's a real religious Mofo (and a virgin, of course, although he wanks off daily) and he probably gets hard just thinking about you. Why not lose your virginity with him?

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Touta said...

For my younger readers and parents:
I'm not going to delete Jeffrey's comments as a reminder of hypocrisy in all nations, and its my trophy proving I won.
Reminders of my trophy in case he develops a conscience:

"Touta Teenbeat,

Intimate conversation and cyber sex are two different things, my little sex kitten. What color panties are you wearing today?

and...

Touta Teenbeat,

By the way, have you ever thought of having sex with Khalid Jarrar. Hey, I know he's ugly and has a scratchy beard, but he's a real religious Mofo (and a virgin, of course, although he wanks off daily) and he probably gets hard just thinking about you. Why not lose your virginity with him?".

I'm just glad i have the brains not to judge all americans by him.

Jeffrey said...

Younger readers and parents?! Aw hell, what the fuck is this?

Go back to your Teenbeat magazines, Touta!

This is what you wrote to me yesterday:

remember your viagra old man

*blushing*

Wow! A teenager talking like that?

Scandalous!

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Touta said...

Jeffrey,

I really don't mind if you post all my comments to you here. I just apologise for the language. everyone who knows me knows i do not take insults sitting down.

Blush all you want, you're supposed to be the adult, and instead of addressing your own (many) problems, you advise me on my language?

pepe said...

pepe said at 17 November 2008 00:29: "just be careful to do not disappoint the iraqi bloggers central guys or they will attack you personally..."

ta-daa!!

Touta said...

Pepe,

haha, I really i am sorry for not listening to you.
I try to always approach something neutrally, something which cannot be said for Jeffrey.

:D
Note: Listen to pepe in future. And learn some more english swear words. Lol

Jeffrey said...

Touta,

everyone who knows me knows i do not take insults sitting down.

Now that I do indeed like about you.

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JG said...

Pepe,

Like clockwork, eh?

Touta said...

JG.

Nice to see you two here. :D
Still awaiting pepe to open his blog of course...

Jeffrey said...

So nice to see everyone here!

Hey, do you guys like flowers? I do. I like yellow flowers, and pink flowers, and red flowers. And aren't rabbits SOOOO CUUUUTE.

*giggle giggle*

Oh brother.

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Touta said...

Jeffrey,

It something called 'manners' and 'respect'.

pepe said...

btw jeffrey, i agree with you that raed took advantage of the trauma that average americans (which means the majority) have concerning arabs. as a guest his actions were despicable and also insensitive.
the problem are your offensive comments. for instance, you say that he looks like a classical terrorist. do you realize what you are saying? how many arabs look like him? a lot i guess, so what you get is an offensive remark towards people that has nothing to do with the matter.

touta, right now i have nothing important to talk about.

Jeffrey said...

Pepe,

Yes, it seems we agree that Raed used his connections to squeeze money from an American company.

Well, I guess I would say that a "classical terrorist" would look like Mohammed Atta. Raed glaring at everyone probably looked like those mug-shots of Atta. If I'm in a waiting lounge and an Arab is giving everyone around him evil looks, I can tell you that I would contact the authorities immediately. And this was two days after a plot to hijack planes over the Atlantic had been uncovered in London.

Offensive remarks? Of course, it's a flame war, where insults are the coin of the realm. They're fun but not for the weak-hearted. They usually don't last that long.

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pepe said...

and you should also answer the question: why did jet blue (and the american aviation industry as a whole) decide to give up so easily on this very serious question?

Jeffrey said...

Pepe,

It was simply a matter of cash. It would cost them more to go through an entire trial than just pay out the settlement. I doubt very much if Raed would have won his case. Raed doesn't have the first clue about the scope of free speech. For starters, Jet Blue is a private company, and that makes a huge difference.

By the way, Raed also threatened to sue CMAR II and myself because we called him a Ba'athist sympathizer (his parents had photos with prominent Ba'athists on their business website two years after the fall of Saddam). We told him to bring it on. Nothing happened, of course. He arrived in this country looking for a way to make money through litigation. He used his connections to extort money from Jet Blue and the TSA.

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pepe said...

ah, so the question is that he was acting suspiciously. but you post is not reflecting that: "Judging by the testimonies, he glared at anyone who happened to glance at his T-shirt (it doesn't help that Raed Jarrar looks like a classic ISLAMIC TERRORIST)."

ok, i guess the government would not back jet blue on this, so i can't blame them.

Jeffrey said...

Pepe,

You don't understand. Representatives from both Jet Blue and the TSA approached Raed. Why? Because people in the waiting area were frightened about getting on a plane with this guy glaring at everyone like Mohammed Atta. Customers sought help. What would you do if you were in their situation?

It was cheaper for Jet Blue and the TSA to negotiate a relatively inexpensive settlement.

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Touta said...

Call me childish jeffrey,
but i dont understand why you started insulting me in the first place.

C.H. said...

What is happening here? Touta? Jeffrey? I have never seen such frightening language before. I would expect this from the creatures that troll Zeyad's blog, but COME ON. I need to be honest and I hope you two will listen to me. You sound like fools! Both of you.

pepe said...

jeffrey, i understand that he was glaring and acting suspiciously, i agree with you that he should be approached. but you also say that what made things worse is that he "looks like a classic ISLAMIC TERRORIST", and that is the part i find offensive.

JG said...

Any evidence Raed was "glaring" at people and giving "evil looks" or is it just your imagination, Jeffrey?

The idea that Raed looks like a terrorist is laughable. He wears the same kind of clothes any American guy his age wears, jeans and a t-shirt!

In fact I read in the book about Marla Ruzicka that Western journalists in Baghdad (back in 2003) used to mistake Raed for one of them until they heard his accent.

i agree with you that raed took advantage of the trauma that average americans (which means the majority) have concerning arabs. as a guest his actions were despicable and also insensitive.



Pepe,

I totally disagree. There is no evidence (as far as I know, I'm open to correction) that Raed was behaving as Jeffrey suggests.

Therefore his only crime was being Arab and wearing a t-shirt that said 'we will not be silent'.

The important point in all this is that he was made to cover his shirt and sit at the back of the plane, and that is wrong.

Us Irish were similarly singled out at ports and airports in the 70s and 80s during the IRA campaign in Britain. It was wrong then and it's wrong now.

Jeffrey said...

Touta,

You have to admit it was kind of fun, right? Come to the DARK SIDE.

Okay, our delicious flame war is kind of played out now, I agree, but it was a blast while it lasted.

All right, tell us about Ashura today. Are you studying for your test tomorrow? Have you made any decisions on where you want to go to university? How's the weather in Baghdad these days? You know, the usual themes.

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Jeffrey said...

JG,

For one close analysis of what happened that day, you might try TigerHawk:

The ACLU sues JetBlue on behalf of a passenger who happens to be an Arab.

As he argues, it would be very unlikely that Raed would win a case against Jet Blue. They're a private company and not subject to the same scope of free speech rights as within government.

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C.H. said...

Touta, I apologize...I re-read the comments on Jeffrey's blog, and it seems you were just defending yourself :D

Jeffrey, I really wish you would have saved all that energy for when Arab Advocate returns to Mojo's blog. (He's taking time off to recover from his humiliation)

JG said...

@ Corey

I would expect this from the creatures that troll Zeyad's blog

Jeffrey was one of the creatures that trolled Zeyad's blog until Zeyad banned him for highly offensive and person comments directed at Zeyad.

Khalid Jarrar posted very disturbing images of dead children in Gaza yesterday. Jeffrey's response?


"It would be a great day if the Jarrars were lying there dead. "


You seem to be under the illusion that Jeffrey is a decent person. He's not, he's a vicious, hypocritical, and immoral rat.

JG said...

Jeffrey,

"Close analysis" from someone who wasn't there!

Nothing there about Raed giving evil looks or glaring at passengers. Sure it's not your imagination? Positive?

Jeffrey said...

Some people chant: Al mout li Amreeka!

I chant: Al mout li Jarrars!

So what?

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C.H. said...

JG,

It goes both ways. One time, the animals at Zeyad's brought up the earthquakes in China and wished that Jeffrey's wife and her family were among the casualties. He has a right to be angry.

JG said...

Corey,

I'm not saying there aren't other animals there, just that Jeffrey is very much one of them. Don't kid yourself.

pepe said...

JG, i didn't say that from a legal perspective, i'm aware that he did not commit a crime, just like the Phelps family are not criminals. but anyone knows that boarding a plane in US with arab words in a shirt will cause extreme discomfort to other passengers and big problems for the airline. so why did he do that? yes, i know, because he has the right by law to do so. what ungrateful guest he is.

Jeffrey said...

I have no problem with people wishing me or my family dead. That's part of life. I don't get crazy about it. Take your best shot -- but I'll protect myself and fight back at the same time.

*shrug*

Pepe,

Before all of this, Raed was looking for litigation. As I said, he wanted to sue both me and CMAR II. There's no question in my mind that he wanted to provoke a reaction (again, he put on taht T-shirt two days after the plot to blow up planes over the Atlantic was discovered). He was able to file and lawsuit and threaten because he had FREE LAWYERS (the ACLU, with whom he had made many contacts). If he had had to use his own money, he would never have filed.

It's a particular kind of shakedown and intimidation that the ACLU specializes in.

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JG said...

Jeffrey

Nothing there about Raed giving evil looks or glaring at passengers. Sure it's not your imagination? Positive?


Pepe

anyone knows that boarding a plane in US with arab words in a shirt will cause extreme discomfort to other passengers and big problems for the airline

Tough shit on the passengers and airline then. That is so ridiculous. Why on earth would that cause 'big problems'? It's laughable.

By these standards then we can say if passengers feel 'extreme discomfort' at the sight of black people on their flight then they should be listened to and indulged by the airline.

so why did he do that? yes, i know, because he has the right by law to do so. what ungrateful guest he is.

I know! What an ungrateful guest. Imagine standing up for your rights when they're trampled on. The cheek of him!

Rights should only be for citizens, yes? Not for guests!

Jeffrey said...

JG,

Black people? Hm. Do you mean African-Americans?

African-Americans are not blowing themselves up or hijacking airlines, Einstein.

By the way, do you still live in Ireland?

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JG said...

One thing at at time, Jeffrey.

Any evidence that Raed was "glaring" and giving "evil looks"?

I don't say none exists, but you haven't provided any.

Let's deal with that one first, eh?

Anonymous said...

If Jarrar with the free ACLU lawyers filed a lawsuit against the airline and the airline decided to fight it, wouldn't they if they'd won have been able to demand their legal fees payed back to them by Jarrar/ACLU?

Jeffrey said...

JG,

Raed and I had a lengthy e-mail correspondence a few years ago. I think I know the boy better than you do. Believe me, if anyone glanced at his shirt, you can be sure he looked at them as if he wanted to kill them. That's Raed in a nutshell. I can show you e-mails of his if you'd like.

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JG said...

Ok, no evidence. That's that dealt with.

if anyone glanced at his shirt, you can be sure he looked at them as if he wanted to kill them

No I can't be sure of that, and neither can you, email chat or no email chat.

Black people? Hm. Do you mean African-Americans?

No, I mean black people.

African-Americans are not blowing themselves up or hijacking airlines, Einstein.

Jeffrey,

What you're suggesting is that because 10 or 20 of the 325 million Arabs in the world have engaged in terrorism involing planes, Arabs should be treated differently than others when boarding. That is not only immoral and unfair, but makes little sense.

Also, if someone's gonna blow the plane up, he probably won't be wearing a 'we will not be silent' t-shirt. Bit of advice to all you neurotic travellers out there!

By the way, do you still live in Ireland?

Yes. I live in Dublin.

pepe said...

well JG, that is of course your personal choice to use a black shirt with arab words in a plane or not to use it. i'd prefer not to use it because i know how it'd affect those who are under the 9-11 trauma. for the same reason i'd not publish a cartoon of Allah carrying explosives. good relations are based in understanding, not confrontation. and that goes for guests or citizens, but in my personal opinion a guest should be specially considerate.

JG said...

Pepe

I totally agree with the principle that guests should be considerate. Absolutely. But I disagree with you 100% on this. There is no evidence that Raed was trying to provoke trouble, no matter how many emails Jeffrey has gotten from him.

that is of course your personal choice to use a black shirt with arab words in a plane or not to use it

Oh, a BIG BLACK SHIRT with *GASP* big EVIL ARAB words!

Have you any idea how racist that sounds?

The comparison between the publication of cartoons which are highly offensive and some guy in the airport wearing a shirt with 'we will not be silent' in Arabic on it is risible.

C.H. said...

OK, let's change the subject. Sound like a good idea?

Touta, tell us how your exams are going?

pepe said...

JG, my point is only the shirt. so tell me, how can americans know what is written on the shirt if most cannot read in arabic?

JG said...

Pepe,

Pull the other one. I see things I can't read all the time. I don't go into an irrational panic.

Corey,

That's not a bad suggestion! :)

pepe said...

JG, i don't go into irrational panic also, but i understand and respect those who go, like the passengers who feared an innocent shirt.

Touta said...

well, exams are going great...I learnt so much about hormones and biology from jeffrey, that, i pretty much didnt need to revise. :D

How's your lives?

Oh, and ashura..will blog soon i promise. :D

attawie said...

touta,

go back to your book :|
good luck with your exam :)

C.H. said...

Haha, I guess it wasn't, JG. Why can't we all just get along? LOL

BTW, I see you are from Ireland. It is such a wonderful country, and was my first trip overseas. There is nothing like the nightlife in Dublin.

JG said...

Glad you liked it, Corey. I have travelled far and wide but I always come back to Dublin. It's so small that you always bump into people you know in the city and I love that, feels like a village at times!

khalid jarrar said...

Hello guys :)

I would like to clear couple of things:

1. Touta i suggest you make a general rule, like i do in my blog, if anyone uses foul language, they lose the right to use (abuse) your blog to publish that one comment with offensive words. read: use the delete button :)


2. The whole issue of Raed staring at people, is a joke that planted into the head of jeffery, its a scary place there inside his head, i warn you people! :)and as JG pointed, there are no evidences at all, whatsoever, that any of that ever happened.

3. Raed didn't intend to provoke anyone, he didn't make that t-shirt, that tshirt is a part of An american campaign, it has "we wont be silent" Tshirts in english and pretty much every other language along with the english. go online and try to learn more about that campaign, the American campaign (re read: American), of We will not be Silent.

4. It is not correct, to educate people that being afraid of each other, afraid of other ethnic groups is OK, 11 out of the 350 millions or so of Arabs have Attacked the US, and you are afraid of ALL Arabs. that doesnt tell good things about you, besides, if anything, white people have killed millions and millions of Iraqis, palestinians, Afghan etc either directly or indirectly over the last 60 years. How come we are not afraid of white people? some of my best friends are White American even. That is the typical and normal case: to not be afraid. What is it with you Jeffery, and the racist cowards of customers on jetblue, why are you so panic-y? is it a matter of personality defect? or just the state sponsered propoganda of creating the culture of fear inside each and everyone of you, to make sure enourmous billions keep flowing to the budget of the pentagon and ministry of defense, supplying contractors and weapons factories and officials and justifying violating all your ciivl rights and privacy of your communiactions etc? shame shame!

5. Raed doesnt need that money, neither do we, and you know that well Jeffery :) and in the matter of fact ALCU lawyers are not for free, they will take a big cut out of that money :)

6. Raed (and I) have demanded your personal information, both you and Cmar, to sue you for death threats that you have made both in personal emails and in public. And neither of you, has the minimum decency of standing up for what they believe, and neither of you dared to give us any of that until now, i ask you here again, after i asked you yesterday in my blog, and your blog, to give us your personal information, or the information of your lawyer, so we can deal with you, in the most polite and civilized ways, to protect ourselves from your death threat! or does that make us ungrateful guests too? :P (what a joke).

7. I really think that you are bipolar. i think that you have a thought disaorder that prevents you from being able to process a question and respond to it, you never ever do that, you only reply to one line or word of the entire question or comment addressing you, to make some insulting remakr or say some lie to provoke people, you never ever respond to points directed to you, i believe JG had to ask you what? 3 times? (i didnt count i am not sure) until you actually said that there are no evidences at all that raed was provoking people outside that little sick mind of yours? oh wait, you didnt even state that, JG had to drag it out of you and conclude it himself, you also have a brain disorder that causes you severe swtiches between being icnredibly immoral, incredibly impolite and uncivilized and have no sense whatsoever of anything that makes a human a human (mannaers, morals, understanding, respect, etc) and you speak in the filthiest way possible to a respectible young girl. and then the next moment you are nice and funny and ask her about her exams and how is the wether and whatnot. You have been like that ever since i knew you too. i am not trying to be mean or anything, i am sincere in my advice: get professional help, you have always been like this: a bad version of the worst human being on earth in a moment. and in the next money to switch to being nice and funny. And things dont work that way Jeff, you have to show respect and treat people well, so they can take you seriously and actually reply to you when you ask about their exams and the whether, rather than completely ignore you like Touta did, which she should, and anybody else would.

8. So now that we established the fact that pretty much everything you said is either wrong or a lie, how about you do this: you commit to stop saying anything that is not true?

Touta, few years ago, Jeff was spamming my blog, and i asked him repeatedly to not use foul language and not spread lies. And warned him couple of times and then banned him. back then i told him, and i still repeat: all you need to do to enjoy being in my blog, is to apologize publicaly for using foul language and spreading lies, and commit to stop both of those, and understand that if you do apologize and make that commitment you are allowed to comment, knowing that if you break either you will be banned again, needless to say that he never did commit, and i never allowed him in my blog ever since:) (oh its ok, i left that one comment for people to see what kind of a person he is:P).

Maybe a similar commitment for you Touta, wont hurt so bad. I think its the least anyone should expect when hosted in your blog: to commit to not use foul language or spread any lies. Otherwise they would be, and i quote "ungrateful guests".

:)

Sorry Touta for taking all this much of your space and, and apologies for everyone for taking much of your time :)

Khalid :)

Touta said...

Khalid,

Finally, thank you!!
Jeffrey and ALL other readers, read khalid's post and you'd better to stick to it!!

I'm not above deleting or banning anyone. I swear if anyone wishes death on anyone else on MY blog, I will make sure you start wishing it for yourself.

That being said, i do not condone violence, and i suggest that everyone drags their mind back up from the gutter (myself included).

programmer craig said...

If Jarrar with the free ACLU lawyers filed a lawsuit against the airline and the airline decided to fight it, wouldn't they if they'd won have been able to demand their legal fees payed back to them by Jarrar/ACLU?

No.

Why do you think so many people file frivolous lawsuits against anyone with "deep pockets"?

PS-Hi Touta! First comment on your blog. I'm not going to discuss the Raed case here. I already did, on a less Jarrar-friendly forum :)

Jeffrey said...

Khalid,

Everyone knows my personal information. I've given it out many times, my exact address and phone number. I also had a lengthy email correspondence with Raed too. I can start quoting from those emails if you want -- do you really want to find out what Raed said to me about how he felt about Americans? Neither I nor CMAR II have ever made death threats against your family. We have suggested that you were Ba'athist sympathizers; to us that was clear from the photos of prominent top Ba'athists (one of them being Tariq Aziz) that your father kept displayed on the business website TWO YEARS after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The Jarrars made money under Saddam and now they're doing the same elsewhere. Like I said before, UNDER SADDAM ALL OF THE JARRARS WERE SILENT.

Why do you think that you -- an Iraqi living in Jordan -- have any right to litigate me -- an American citizen whose great-great grandparents arrived here 160 years ago? Do you have any idea how law works?

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Jeffrey said...

Khalid,

If you want to continue, why don't we discuss this over at Iraqi Bloggers Central and leave Touta's blog alone, okay?

Come over to my blog and you can say whatever you want.

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Jeffrey said...

Khalid,

Hey, I found an email from you in my files, dated May 30, 2004:

so, how have you been? how is your UN family?
i wana ask you something, i remember that you teach english for foreigners..right?
how can i improve my language?
i would be very grateful if you gave me an advice.
take care, and dont be mean:)
me*


Heh.

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Jeffrey said...

Khalid,

And here's one from June 14, 2004:

hey Jef:)
whats up?
how is the new family member doing?
i hope he is in a good health and having fun, and enjoying all of you:)
keep your camera rolling, you may win a 10 000$ from Bob Saget
kids are wonderful, till they become two:D
then problems start and then you get into their school problems and then drugs and hockers and then university....its along story, hehe
i think that as soon as kids get two they must be delivered to the goverment:)
just kidding:)
i wish him/her a wonderful life:)
it was a tough period, the exams time, but we had good guns and enough ammo and we received hi-class training, sir.

i usually never read other's blogs.
i read yours sometimes thoug..
keep up the good work...
maybe one day you'll have a blog of your own, with a stable name:D
i know, mean.

take cares..
me*


Thanks.

Heh heh.

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programmer craig said...

Are those really your emails, Khalid? You seem kind of like a creep. And I'd say that even if I had a higher opinion of your family. I've been in correspondence with quite a few Iraqi bloggers, but none of em came across like you do. Too many smiley faces, too many sudden changes of direction. You need to work on that if you want to sucker anyone besides the nutjobs. I doubt most people would even respond to an email like those.

khalid jarrar said...

*Wow! good old days! what was that, 5 years ago? do you read my emails to you every night before you sleep or something jeff? :D

get over it man! move on! these days are over:P


I feel sad though, that you changed from the person that i would send such friendly emails to, to ... well .. who you are now. You just keep switching so quickly, back in the days you were nice and funny often and rarely mean, you deserved laughs and personal emails and a "dont be mean" note, only. Now, the only thing you deserve to send you is a copy of the restraining order.


Touta, hay ani shgad a7chi!:) sakteeni 3ad! :)

khalid jarrar said...

"Twenty minutes later i have no saliva left. Kisses here are extremely sloppy, hhhh, or rather wet, but i think i prefer that to the air kisses. hhhhh, yes air kisses. If someone considers themselves high class in iraq, they do not kiss you, rather they place a hand on your shoulder and kiss the air on either side of you. I found this pointless, and just ended up moving my head from side to side while smiling. :D But with relatives....its like drowning in a bucket of saliva, but for some reason i always find it heart warming and fun."


looooool :D insane Iraqi :D

JG said...

"Come over to my blog and you can say whatever you want" - Jeffrey.

Hilarious!

I left a comment in support of Raed Jarrar on Jeffrey's site and Jeffrey deleted it and blocked my IP address.

khalid jarrar said...

JG, whats your problem? be thankful! at least he didnt insult your family or throw any death threats here or there! why are people not being thankful these days? Iraqis not thankful for the liberation, JG not thankful for not getting death threats! what is it with us non- Americans! we just dont seem to understand democracy quite right! :D

Jeffrey said...

Khalid,

Still one of my favorite Jarrar family moments:

Wait, that is an American flag.

Priceless.

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Touta said...

walla khalid abalee il iraqeen akthar hachayeen, dilow al americaan hameena nafs al shee.

Translation- i thought iraqis talked a lot, but so do americans.

:D basically keep to the topic- ME.

Air kisses are too funny to be taken seriously- i like swimming therefore i prefer the original style of kissing lol. :D

attawie said...

lol touta,
you never stop making me laugh :) as I said before that's the part i liked the most :)

So! back to you, exam? :)

Jeffrey said...

Touta,

I'm curious. Do you have a new Iraqi passport? What do they look like and what do they say on the front? I guess sometime after 2003 they had to start thinking of how to design the new passports.

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Touta said...

Khalsaat ha al hamdulillah.
Bas...indee baad ib nihayat january.

Should I write rules for this blog or about ashura first attawie?

:)

Touta said...

Passport status: being updated. i.e. old ones somewhere in an office, somewhere in baghdad, being ignored.

Jeffrey said...

Touta,

Do you mean just for you or for all Iraqis? Do any Iraqis have new passports issued by the current government? If you don't have a passport, how can you travel?

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nadia said...

Wow.

Touta said...

nadia- you should see the comment section on Iraqi bloggers central, on the second post with 130 comments.... :D

nadia said...

I saw that, I just didn't want to contribute to giving attention to people that are so desperate for it.

Is there a way to contact you besides posting on this thing? I don't see an email address anywhere.

Touta said...

yup fogalnakhal@gmail.com. :D

Bruno said...

Excellent thread! Touta, I liked your waspish comment on not having to revise for biology.

And Khalid, good to see you around again! :)

Touta said...

Bruno,
see the second post on iraqi bloggers central-the one with 130 comments to understand the anger that has now settled into this blog.
:D
nice to see you around too.