Forever Under Construction

Once Upon A Time …

Posted in England, History, Iraq, Oil, WMD by homeyra on May 26, 2007

” Britain merged the Ottoman provinces Baghdad, Basra and Mosul into a new state of Iraq, inhabited by three different groups of people: Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds. Under British rule, the new Iraqis were subjected to more taxes than under Ottoman rule. Nationalist revolt rose against the new British rulers in 1920.

To crush the Iraqi national-liberation movement, Churchill, secretary of state for war, introduced new military tactics with massive bombing of villages as the original “shock and awe” doctrine, revived eight decades later by the US military. Churchill ordered the use of mustard gas, stating:

I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes.” Source

Relevant link:
Imperial parallels: Iraq

British Colonialism and Repression in Iraq: Winston Churchill, as responsible cabinet minister in the early years, saw Iraq as an experiment in high-technology colonial control.
Gertrude Bell: The Uncrowneded Queen of Iraq
When Oil and Water Mix: … “One drop of oil,” said Georges Clemenceau, the Prime Minister of France in the second half of World War I, “is worth one drop of blood of our soldiers.” … … … One has to wonder how many more millions have to be slaughtered before the collective consciousness of humanity is stirred into action. Has the ongoing stench of the genocidal concoction obscured our compassion? Perhaps the fatal potion brings with it another message – shame? Or perhaps even a glimmer of hope that there is still time. Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich

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  1. ali said, on May 28, 2007 at 10:51 am

    ya, that’s the verses we read again and again

  2. homeyra said, on May 30, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Hi Ali. Indeed.
    You have a great blog, I always enjoy reading it. Hi to our dear M. Khanom btw 🙂

  3. amre el-abyad said, on June 4, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    are all Iranians that Fnatic? you divide people on bais of religon? shiites and sunnis? they are all Arabs Mr except for the 10%.

    shiites or sunnis they all Arabs, Iranians get out…..

    There are no aliens in Iraq except for th shiites of Iranian origin! Besides why do an iranian care about Iraq inthe very first place? why dont you mind your own business.

  4. naj said, on June 6, 2007 at 1:24 am

    homeyra jaan, aziz in yaroo amre kolan divaneh ast. aslan mahalesh nadeh mire gom mishe. In pedare mano yek modat dar avordeh bood. 🙂 oomadam bebinam chi post kardi didam in yaroo injast, goftam behet hoshdar bedam 😉

  5. homeyra said, on June 8, 2007 at 4:41 am

    I am familiar with Amre comments, so I won’t bother discussing.
    Naj: Thanks for the tip 🙂

  6. amre El-abyad said, on June 8, 2007 at 10:52 am

    you wont bother discussing because you cant. I can see that i have simply made a point which you can’t challenge . That’s why you refuse to discuss LOL.

    don’t do like naj and discuss the point like a civilsed persian(haaaaaaaaa)

    Again Homeyra: good fence gooodneighboutr is what we have for you.

    Dude you are NOT ARABS SO DONT STICK YOURSELF TO US. WE DONT WANT TO BE YOUR ENEMIES, BUT IN THE MEAN TIME , WE NEITHER LIKE YOU (IRANIANS) NOR YOUR CULTURE. WHY DO YOU INSIST ON STICKING YOURSELVES TO US?

    THE IDEA OF IRANIANS IN IRAQ WILL LEAD TO A WAR THAT WILL END UP INY YOUR DESTRUCTION. aRABS JUST CANT STAND TO SEE IRANIANS IN iRAQ

  7. bARABie said, on June 8, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Amre WHY do you bother with these safavids?
    Let the swine squeal ALL they want, how many of them are there?
    🙂
    Saddam was such a visionary, he KNEW EXACTLY what the safavids are like.

  8. bARABie said, on June 8, 2007 at 11:33 am

    homerya do you know your name means DONKEY in Ärabic?
    ROFLMAO.
    eeew haw

  9. bARABie said, on June 8, 2007 at 11:35 am

    The fact you link to fanonite says quite a bit about YOU.
    lololololol
    fanonite????
    ROFLMAO

  10. bARABie said, on June 8, 2007 at 11:36 am

    I doubt Layla Anwar would appreciate YOU linking to her site.

  11. bARABie said, on June 8, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Btw HMAR it’s BLUES in “Arab woman blue”.
    Idiot.

  12. homeyra said, on June 8, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Well, gentlemen… it doesn’t seem that we enjoy each other’s company.
    Rude comments, calling names etc… are not welcomed. If you have nothing more to add to your input, please do not waste your time here.

  13. Curtis said, on June 9, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    A wonderful reminder of something Santayana said about either remembering history or repeating it—your post demonstrates the concept conclusively, but so do some of the less inspired comments above.

    Thanks for posting this. More people in my country should read it.

  14. homeyra said, on June 9, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Curtis. Thanks for your comment. The entire Liu article is very interesting. I have a post about it – further down – here.

  15. eatbees said, on July 9, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Homeyra, what did you do to inspire these rude comments? They seem so misplaced….

    I’m sorry about Amre. It’s probably because of me that he found your site, so I’ll take the trouble to answer him in your place.

    Amre, what makes it okay for you, an Egyptian, and me, an American, to talk about Iraq, but it’s not okay for Homeyra? Why don’t you address the substance of what she is saying, instead of getting flipped out that she is Iranian?

    I hope you realize she’s trying to defend the Middle East against manipulation by foreign powers. She lives in the region, so I think these issues concern her. Even if she was from Korea or Brazil, she would have a right to express her concern on humanitarian grounds….

    What is your special connection to Iraq? Who are you to tell the Iranians to “get out”? The last I heard, the Iranians were invited there by the Iraqi government, who are Arabs like you. Iran is financing construction projects, setting up banks…what has Egypt done?

    You are the one dividing people, not Homeyra. She is arguing against the well-known imperial strategy of keeping people weak by keeping them divided. But in telling Iranians, “We neither like you nor your culture” you fall victim to the same strategy!

    Amre, don’t be a victim. The Middle East will be stronger once Sunnis and Shias and secularists, Persians and Arabs, Turks and Kurds, ignore all these artificial divisions and work together. Then maybe when I visit Isfahan or Shiraz for the first time, I will stop by Egypt first and invite you to come with me!

    About the other one commenting here (you are too rude for me to repeat your name) all I have to say is WTF? Is that how you act when you visit someone’s home? Shame on you!

  16. homeyra said, on July 10, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    What do I know eatbees, what do I know 🙂
    This post consists of excerpts and quotes from articles written by people who are -much- more informed than myself. A rectification or another point of view is more than welcome. But Still most of the above isn’t so helpful in mutual understanding, is it?
    Thanks eatbees, for your visit and comment.


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