– SD CA
It is important to us as Iraqis residing at Iraq or abroad, to realize that what affects us from ruin or destruction and poverty is not an issue of “Divine predestination” as some like to describe it, we not talking about the non-educated people, but educated specifically. Here we must talk about the mentality prevalent among the majority of Iraqis who been refugee to abroad, there are certainly exceptions, but the problem is in the majority of the Iraqi communities who embodying the backward mentality of our country and nation even in the heart of civilization in US.
In San Diego, for example, everybody could find the city beautiful and a style of clean, and if you want to know where Iraqis live in America and in the city of San Diego just go behind rubbish and where there is a dirt you could find the Iraqi people as Arabs, Kurds, Sunni, Shiite and even Christians spread the dirt everywhere, El Cajon is good example, they do same as the Somali, Afghan and Pakistani, Muslims in general.
I wish that the whole problem was about rubbish and other issues of social organization, but I found the Iraqis, as the other middle east people do, wants to turn this progressed environment and tolerant of rationality to be a duplicate of our Iraq who (proud) of a long history of the psychology based on the mentality of conflict, racism, hatred, and national radicalism which just proud on faked history make wars just for fist of dust.
You could find someone – among Iraqis in US - advise you that don’t go to the street (whatever is the name of that street) because the bad “reputation” of the street and another street is “good reputation” because of mosque and so on, also, they could advise you to not talk to everybody because maybe she a “whore” or he “gay” or any type of reputation, as we could try here to understand this mentality, the tribal logic based on “reputation” and evaluate people by “reputation” and clan rituals, all of this illustrate a different culture contradict with our rational culture of US.
One of these Iraqis criticized me personally because I probably spoke with some girls on the street, I felt really sorry and sad to find Iraqis rather than to enjoy the grace of "freedom" and "an atmosphere of tolerance," to developing their life, found the majority of Iraqis are re-pattern their lives to be exactly as they were in their country.
You find among Iraqis people who deceiving the authorities, falsified reports, and even faking illness to get finance assistance, they do that because they used, in Iraq, to live in that style of life because without that they could died by hunger or illness, some others are rich people, even billionaire, after he – an example - get all kind of assistance, he could describing America as nation as “A nation lack to roots or history”!!
Another Iraqi tried to convince me about necessity of "stoning of prostitutes," who walk on the street and trying to hunting some customers, I told him, joked:
“Hey man.. their charity makers..” after he astonished by my respond I add:
“Your Mullahs found a juristic solution to make Saddam Husein – the Iraqi tyrant – to enter heaven of God... So they could find a solution for poor prostitutes to enter the same heaven..”
Once again, we find that the Iraqis instead of learn from this environment of toleration, openness of mind and rationality to make change and progress in Iraq, instead of that we could witness in future in a Madison Avenue street of San Diego, a conflict between Kurds and Arabs on the "disputed land”, or a struggle of Sunni and Shiite in Magnolia street.
That is a real disaster for Iraqi community in US, because what we need here is a real respect, as Iraqi community, for the grace of freedom, generosity of American people and all other American virtues, but we see the Kurdish Iraqi hate US because America not support the Kurdish racial project, the Sunni Arab of Iraq hate US because America toppled Saddam and killing terrorists Jihadists, the Shiite Iraqi hate US because America is against Iranian regime and against terrorists of Hizbullah, the Iraqi Christians hate US because America removed “Tareq Aziz” Saddam’s Christian deputy, the Iraqi Communist hate US because America toppled Abdul kareem Qasem the socialist president of Iraq in 1960s.
In Dohuk town – in north Iraq – I was almost dead, hopeless and sad, but after I come to US I become free, live, ambitious to new better life, to find love and happiness. No.. I will not return to backward to darkness, I’m proud of my new country. God bless USA