Thursday, February 22, 2007

The truth and the Myth

For the last couple of days all the news were about that Iraq girl called Sabrine al- Janabi who, as she proclaim, was raped by the police or the national guards, not quite sure.

Is it true, the Iraqi government and the US say its not. Still some political and Islamic parties say its true, happened and there is nothing to prove the opposite. This matter has become the main topic in all Iraqis meetings, people in the street, clubs, apartments, night clubs and mosques are talking about it and they forgot all about the main issues that they should be discussing, as if Sabrin's case is the key to save Iraq from its misery. We all know the role of Al-jazeera news channel and the methods its been using ever since the Iraqi government closed its main office in baghdad, I'm not going to talk about that since its already known by many around the globe but the question is why now? After things got, well some what, better in baghdad. Also the use of the family name and not the middle name as if to tell all Janabis to rebel against the government and thus all Sunnis should follow their lead.

I saw the two interviews with the girl and I don't know why but I didn't believe a single word she said. Maybe for a couple of reasons, first of all I haven't seen any sorrow in her eyes as if she wanted to be raped or she was merely lying, my second reason was that , in my point of view, no woman would do an interview after what being raped wearing makeup and jewelry, I don't believe any body even with an average IQ will believe that this girl was raped just a couple of days before doing this interview. Last but not least, talking about these kind of issues in public, to Iraqis, is considered dishonoring and kept secret or reported to police using nick names because these kind of stuff are considered disgraceful to the whole family. Sabrin used her family name to introduce her self, plus most girls in Iraq won't do interviews and similar stuff without consulting their families and in Sabrin's case I don't think any Iraqi family would accept to do an interview and reveal to the whole world that their daughter was raped, in Iraqi community these things are better kept secret than go public. No Iraqi woman under the circumstances- under any circumstances- would publicly, falsely claim she was raped. There are just too many risks. There is the risk of being shunned socially. There is the risk of beginning an endless chain of retaliations and revenge killings between tribes. There is the shame of coming out publicly and talking about a subject so taboo, she and her husband are not only risking their reputations by telling this story, they are risking their lives.

Now even if the story is true, why turn it into a Sunni-Shia debacle, it doesnt matter if Sabrin was Sunni or Shia even if she was Kurdish or Christian, she's an Iraqi so this issue should matter all Iraqis and not only the Sunnis or Shia. As a matter of fact, the Janabi tribe is a huge one in Iraq and consists of Sunnis and Shias.

Stop giving small things more than they deserve. Its better to think about how to work together and build our country. How to get rid of all those terrorists that are swarming our country so our children and grand children will have better lives. Stop thinking for today only work for tomorrow coz we live the future not the past, and for the present, well it became history just as I'm writing those words.


Kyubai said...

I think all Iraqis share the same feeling as u Serpent since we Iraqis felt the shame for Sabrin to be an Iraqi while she didn’t but what can we say the enemies of Iraq r a lot more than the friends…