Before I go...
I have to quickly type up the fun that was three political 'rallies' i went to. Suprisingly, all three had different opinions compared to 3/4 years ago, when there was just hate- no politics, and compared to 7/8 years ago, when there was... well saddam.
I would provide the running commentary around me, but i've forgotten quite a lot because of the fact i am busy etc.
Secular (ilmee-scientific) Iraqi Politician:
"we have to stop depending on oil, and rebuild our pharmaceutical industries, that once were known for their excellency"
"women should have equal rights, what is this talk of no seats in parliament for them- one in two should be allocated. Where can we find men after all the wars we have been through? Realistically, women are running the everyday lives, they need to make their voices heard, and let their power raise iraq from the ashes"
"My friends, religion has no place in politics. No place! If we want democracy, true democracy, then we let everyone freely practice their religion at home, while the country is run by educated, unbiased individuals."
"We need to take down the concrete barriers. Qabeehat. (ugly)"
An old man replies quietly: "Like you then." No one else heard comment.
I choke supressing laughter.
Sunni Iraqi Politician
"we need someone to speak for the other half of the country, the shias have a voice, the kurds have a voice, now it is time for us to represent the rest of the iraqis."
"what happened to loving your neighbour? what happened about caring for your fellow country men? I'll tell you. It died with the hate of the rest of the world. We need to be independent. Iraq. Iraq. Iraq. It is ours"
"with dignity we shall rise our heads from rubble. And we will say 'ihna asasna al hathara wa ihna nilab beeha' " (translation: 'we made civilization and we will play in it': its a quote from a hussam alrassam song, whole rooms bursts into laughter)
"I say, if i invited you to kebab, would you vote for me?" *charismatic smile*.
Woman replies " la pacha habibi". (translation:"no, pacha, my love". Pacha is basically boiled head of a lamb).
Politician replies: "please help yourself to food and drinks on the outside, and feel free to ask any questions".
woman: "ako pacha?" (is there pacha?)
Shia Iraqi Politician
"we make up over half of the country. Let us have our voices heard. Let us show that we have suffered for a reason. (something about hussein suffering, very touching, but i have forgotten it)"
After being asked a question about women rights:
"you expect me to tell you that they should stay at home, mu? Well, we will not be like Iran. Women here will have rights. They will vote. They will live"
"As i watched a hundred doves fill the iraqi sky, i knew the time had come to let our power fly free. Show the world we will always be here."
"we need to stop stealing ourselves. One steals his brothers oil, his brother steals his house."
Takes a drink of water. " even this water is probably stolen.This is turkish water mu? Everything is turkish these days. My wife speaks perfect turkish from Noor." (noor was an insanely popular soap opera from turkey.)
Guy replies: "But Noor was imdablija (dubbed)."
update: I changed 'Guy' into 'Iraqi Politician' because i feel these politicians need some respect from time to time. *cough*