Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Can you tell me Why? by Hayder J. Alwitwity

Why there is high percentage of poor people in Iraq while Iraq is a rich country? Why there is 80% of unemployed? Why there is 80 years and more of absence of terrorism and suddenly after 2003 became the highest percentage in the world? Why the terrorists insist that they are resistance while they keep killing Iraqis? Why there is still defect in electricity? Why the electricity keep off (long-term) and on (short-term) while we have enough, actually extra sources to keep it on permanently? Why most of Iraqis can't afford a lot of simple needs in their life? Why the water supply still dirty? Why there's still no sewage system in my city? Why there is still giardiasis, amoebiasis, TB, typhoid fever, cholera, HBV, and POU in high percentage and people dying from while we don't have AIDS cases? Why no one cares if Iraqis dying, not only this, but sometimes they celebrate (like in Jordan when 200 Iraqis have been killed in Hilla)? Why my city is still dirty? Why Saddam still enjoy (since he has been captured) while he killed millions in hours without trials? Why ( ) has 5 cars while his next 5 neighborhoods have none? Why you couldn't name even one street without holes and digs in my city? Why my mother can't go to hajj (and it is her wish in life before dead) and she's waiting since 1997, while others went 5 times?(under supervision of the new government while the law that it legislated says one can't go twice?) Why Wahabiya and Sunnites keep killing Shiite while Shiite keeps acting peace side? Why no one compensate Om Nidal (mother lost her 2 kids in 1991)? Why I can't go study cardiac surgery (I'm the best in my class) in USA or UK while we do not have such specialty in Iraq? Why our blood is that cheap that no body care even about our children? Why there's no even one supermarket in my city? Why there's no even one park (garden) in my city? Why I'm not regretting that I vote to the Iraqi Coalition List while I'm regretting that there's no other one deserves to vote for? Why I think that there's nothing like home, even though? Why my friends afraid from the rain, and once I told them feel the nature they changed their minds and they enjoyed feeling the rain? Why I'm keeping say feel the life? Why the ministry of trade in coorporation with the WFP keeps imports the bad fat (contain high cholesterol level)? Why I like the sentence that shot by Dr. Sabah (Professor) : (I'm student, and I'm still so, while I'm practicing this profession, till he takes my soul.) while the new teachers think that they know everything? Why the new democratic project character keep and insist using the same ex-regime in nomination the ministries portfolio by choosing (in coordination with coalition forces or what's called recently (multinational forces) ) their relative or friends or the bath party members while not even thinking in qualification and the efficiency of the candidate or give chance to other candidates? Why they pay the American citizen more than 7000 dollars while they pay the Iraqi citizen 500 dollars for the same job? Why the last thing the customer expects from an official personnel is nice smile while they asking them do something?

17 Comments:

Blogger ModDem said...

Why the last thing the customer expects from an official personnel is nice smile while they asking them do something?

I can try to answer that one. It is because government ministries have no competition. It is the same everywhere. I can pay a dollar for a sandwich and get a grateful smile from the retailer and quick service, I can stand for hours to pay a few hundred dollars to register my car to drive on the roads for a year and never see a grin anywhere. Or I can register the same car for the same cost from a private member organization such as the Automobile Association of America and get a couch to sit on and coffee and interesting reading materials while I wait. The only difference is that one is private and one is public.

A bit of unsolicited advice: support the politicians who are working to reduce the public sector.

The answers are in the hands of the enterprising people who can come up with creative solutions and not in the hands of those who can only offer the same solution for everyone.

11:13 AM  
Blogger JoshD said...

Why they pay the American citizen more than 7000 dollars while they pay the Iraqi citizen 500 dollars for the same job?

Yeah, that was a mistake.

My understanding is that the mistake has been acknowledged and the U.S. is working to correct it.

By the way, I agree with moddem's comment. Keep the government small. Do as much as possible throught the private sector.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Majus said...

You sure did ask 'why' a number of times.
But not nearly enough times! You should always ask your government questions. I must have asked why 10000 times in my life so far. And I'll keep on doing it. Even though, I have constant electricity and clean water and decent teachers, and a fine sewage system (all of the above are private businesses by the way - not any are government run except the sewage {and the sewage is run by my city which of course knows there are private offers to subsidise the utility of waste/sewage management so they are doing everything they can to be nice, keep it running, keep cost down and improve the system when new technology comes around})

All in all, if there is enough private business and small goverment, even government run agencies can feel the pressure to make things nice for the common man. No director Goverment level (whatever level, lets say 20) wants to be removed because he couldn't provide the service he does well enough for the people that want it and have some private entity come in and take over for less cost and better service.

5:52 PM  
Blogger exguru said...

Diwaniya -- One reason you don't have solid electricity around the clock is that Iraqis are using much more of it since liberation from Saddam. Don't you notice all the new television sets and kitchen appliances? Also, Saddam allowed the power stations to run down terribly, and did not spend money for necessary maintenance. Your government has inherited an electric system that was in dreadful shape before the Americans started fixing it, and the terrorists kept sabotaging it, too.

6:40 PM  
Blogger janet in venice said...

you know, i think it's because we never realize how much goes on, and has to happen, for us to have the things we expect to be right, in life. it isn't until they break down and stop that we find out how much it takes to bring them back. and to keep them up, once we DO bring them back.
the good news is, that means there's plenty of work for everybody!!! my motto is "if you think it needs doing, do it!"

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people living in the US today are lucky because they inherited a democratic country; your task is more difficult because you are building one. You must have patience, because there will be disappointments; you must be devoted, because there will be challenges; you must work hard, because freedom is never free. Many prayers are being said for the Iraqi people--that they may succeed in this daunting task, including mine.

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