Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Letter To The Next Iraqi President by Alwitwity

I ask you to take care of the Iraqi people. If they ask you every day to fire a governor do as they wish. Because firing a governor every day is better than facing ten thousand swords. - Maowiya to his son Yazeed
Your Excellency,

I ask you to take care of the Iraqi people. If they ask you every day to fire a governor do as they wish. Because firing a governor every day is better than facing ten thousand swords. - Maowiya to his son Yazeed
Your Excellency,
This is the first time I have spoken to a president, and the first time I have written a letter to someone I do not know. What I have to say is extremely important to many Iraqis. I am asking you to listen to me before you settle into your chair in the palace that was built from our bones and painted with our martyr's blood.
Your Excellency. We don't want to see you more than one minute per day. Respect our private lives, houses, and holidays. Don't hang your portrait on the wall. Don't put your statues in the squares. We don't want to see you wearing a headcord or some other thing whenever we turn around. We don't want to listen to your news on TV welcoming someone, saying farewell to someone else, holding a meeting, or anything else that reminds us you exist. We don't want any of this, Your Excellency.
We want to feel you in our children's health, or while sleeping deeply in peace. We want to feel you in the bread filling our dishes, in the pure water that we drink every day, and in electricity that doesn't switch off every two hours.
Let your slogan be Iraq is for the Iraqis. Iraqis should always be first, not second or tenth or last. And when I say ??Iraqis ?? I mean Kurds, Arabs, Azoreans, Armenians, Chaldeans, Turkmen, and Jews.
Your Excellency. Don't favor your sons and relatives in positions of power. Don't take from Iraq that which does not belong to you. Don't put yourself in a position where you compete with the people. What belongs to you is your salary. Let the former president Abdul Karim Qasim set an example for you.
Your Excellency. Don't buy off poets and educated people. Talk to them. Ask them how they are and how the people are doing. Don't give them prizes and bank accounts. Their prize is love from the people and the intellectual freedom they will have during your presidency. Don't shut down those who won't praise you.
Your Excellency. We don't want to see the army standing on every corner or the police standing at every door. We don't want checkpoints at every crossing. But we do want Iraq to be safe for everyone who lives here and everyone who visits.
Your Excellency. Don't steal our money. Don't stash it in fake bank accounts. We will ask you about every penny you spend, every penny of our oil and gold. Our slogan will be Where did you get this? It will be our sword against evil.
Remember that people have given you their confidence. You won't stay long if you betray them, not even if you stuff them in jails. Don't ever think you are above the law. You are a citizen.
In our new Iraq we don't want to see a Kurdish child freezing out in the cold, or his family shacking in caves. We don't want to see the children of Basra wearing worn clothes and shoes. If this happens, consider yourself overthrown because you will not have fulfilled your duty.
Salaam for he who loves his people and gives them dignity.


Blogger Omar said...

Welcome to the worldwide blogosphere my friend. you have a good style in writing, keep up the good work.

9:33 AM  
Blogger praktike said...

Do you think Mam Jalal will write back?

12:29 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

A good post, but I think you are starting off on the wrong foot by calling him "Your Excellency".

A good President or Prime Minister is a servant of the people, not their superior. He is not in a different class of people than you are. He should be one of the people.

As such, he should be addressed simply as "Mr. President" or Mr. Prime Minister", with respect given to the office he is, for the time being, fulfilling.

When your nation truly understands that and is no longer willing to concede any special, superior status to the man who holds the office, you will no longer need to fear the kind of cult of personality mentioned in your letter.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Excellent post, you've won yourself a dedicated reader here. Keep up the great writing.....

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A key element of the proper place of government is that it serves the citizens. The people do not serve the government. Too long government "might" has defined "right" in Iraq and many other countries. I have my fingers crossed that Iraq can get it right. We in the USA often get confused over why we are not a democracy, but a republic. It is because majority rule is always at the expense of those not in the majority. The majority rule that goes hand in hand with a democracy is one of the vilest forms of government man has ever founded.

12:07 AM  
Blogger janet in venice said...

someone should take your sentiments and set them to music, make a song of them, with a haunting melody, get a well known iraqi artist to record it, and play it everywhere until people can hum it or whistle it by heart.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Rancher said...

Welcome to the WWW. "We don't want to see you more than one minute per day." Good luck on that, one problem with Democracy is you have politicians who love to politic.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Very good letter!
I like reading your blog, please keep writing!!!

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you brother. Say and write more and more take revange from every dectator in the world and teach the others how to talk to thier presidants or any responcible official. Our trail with dectatorship was very harsh and hard to be forgotten but we still alive and the scum bag gone for ever. Respecting to the new era, I bilieve that whoever incharge should know that Iraqi people have a lot patiance and deep insight and they are able to get their rights sooner or later.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Scott from Oregon said...

Hooray for you!

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Anonymous jon in dc said...

loved the post today... as jen said don't call him your excellency... your president is a servant of the people... call him mr president... or better yet "our brother the president..."

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Iraqi said...

And now...Ahmed ! What do you think of our president? For me, the president (now) is a position filled by a person who fully fulfil the needs of the new World Masters and neatly understand the "game" (may be this is why they use the word "game" in their comments; though we, Iraqis, consider it a kind of insult; but,again, they have little respect to what we think and they really feel superior to us. Yes man, they want "all the best " for us ...on their way of "gaming").
I call you to write again after our short experience in "experiencing" this kind of "presinentiality"; with a new breadth brave enough to say all the fallies of what is supposed to be "Our President" (with capital "P" of course). Did any of Mr. Al-Yawar,Mr. Allawi,Mr. Jalal,Mr. Ja`afary make their "good" calculations on Iraqi people side as they did for ...

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