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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Saturday, September 10, 2005

IN HIS EYES: An Average Iraqi meets a not so Average Iraqi

  This is a real story that happened during the years Saddam was in power. I was telling it yesterday to my friend Mad Canuck, and that was when the idea of turning it into a post evolved, he was the one with the suggestion to make it an IN HIS EYES post, I really liked the idea, and here it is in a post. I hope you enjoy:

"I'm the manager of one of the steam based Iraqi electric plants, I remember clearly that day, we were running low on steam, which made our production less than 100%, and I was running everywhere trying to find a solution to the problem, then, the phone rang at my office, announcing that someone "Really high up" was coming to the plant today. OH CRAP. The last thing I need now, is someone in power going through the plant and asking, why haven't you done that and that. Not to mention that I might lose my head today, if HE didn't like something here.

"That someone was Hussein Kamel, he was the minister of industry at that time, someone that has only went as far as primary school, then quit studying, anything could go wrong if he misunderstood something. As I was showing him around, I kept trying to sound in charge, the man for the job, maybe I'll through the day that way. The he asked:

HK: "So I see, but you haven't told US the reason why the plant is not going on full power"   Easy one

AVIRAQI: "Well sir, the plant is going low on steam"   I said the whole phrase in Arabic, but I said the word (steam) in English.

HK: "Is that the only reason???"   One is enough

AVIRAQI: "Yes sir, steam is our only problem now.."

HK: "Alright then, I'll get you all the steam you need"   What the....

He turned to his bodyguard

HK:"Issue these orders: I want all the steam in the country packed up and brought to this plant, NOW."   Oh my GOD, didn't see that coming..

"He left the plant, unaware of his fault, as I was TERRIFIED to tell him. Later in the evening, a presidential order was issued, that no technician was allowed anymore to speak any foreign word in front of any government employee..."

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Blogger BigLeeH said...

Funny story, thanks.

Slight typo: last paragraph should read, in part, "any foreign word".

7:11 PM  
Blogger Georg Muffat said...

Was the minister able to secure the "steam" your friend needed? Perhaps Saddam's allies in France had some extra steam laying around.

Great story, Hassan!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Hassan said...


Thank you BigLeeH.. These things don't show on spell checker, and I should have read it once more.. Thank you....
Ummm. George, the minister was thinking that the country did have some steam lying around... hehehe..

8:17 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

i can only imagin how the poor bodygard must've felt

take care

9:59 PM  
Anonymous chele said...

wonderful story..
even told it to my half sleeping husband and he laughed..

10:07 PM  
Blogger Treasure of Baghdad said...

Hassan, this is wonderful. I put myself in his shoes and I said to myself, Oh my goodness!! What if he discovers the malfunction?
You know what, your story reminded me with a similar incident by former head of Baghdad Municipality, Samir Shaikhly. My cousin, a medical college student, told me that Shaikhli visited their college once and asked why there were many students in the yard. A naughty student answered him "We have off, Sir". Then Shaikhli said, "I want to see professor off. Why didn't he call his students for the lecture?" everyone started laughing then!
Thanks man for these stories.

6:29 PM  
Blogger TallDave said...

Great stuff!

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Blogger Intelligence Summit said...

FBI: Missing the newest trend in terrorism?

By John Loftus, President of The Intelligent Summit

Special Agents in the street grumble that Al Qaeda is evolving again, while the Bureau's bosses pat each other on the back over yesterday's victories. Al Qaeda was a different beast before. First it was an alumni organization, recruiting combat veterans who had been schooled in the Afghan wars. Once the school rosters fell into American hands, the alumni were systematically hunted down, captured or killed. Good work.

But while the FBI applauded itself, Al Qaeda switched over to its second tier of recruits. Waiting in the wings were members of nationalist groups like the Moroccan madmen who bombed Madrid or the Jordanian fanatics of Al Zarqawi. These second tier terrorists were more like Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisees: they were independent operators who only borrowed the Al Qaeda name but were not subject to Al Qaeda control. As the EU and Arab states consolidate their anti-terror operations, the franchise terrorists are slowly becoming neutralized, isolated or exterminated. Ask Iraq.

In desperation, Al Qaeda has now devolved into its third iteration: a teenage fan club whose members correspond with each other over the internet as if they are playing a video game. But, as the London subway passengers discovered last July, sometimes the video games are a deadly dress rehearsal for the real thing.

For too long, western intelligence has dismissed the third tier of recruits as kiddy crime, the harmless posturing of Al Qaeda wannabees. The teens' twin terrorist organizations, Hizb ut-Tahrir and Al Mujaharoun ("Hut/Muj" for short) were laughed at as propaganda outlets of Sheik Bakri, a harmless little lunatic based in London at the Finsbury Mosque. But, as Bakri himself admits, during the 1990's both he and his assistant worked with the British Secret Intelligence Service setting up the Kosovo Liberation Army. They are not exactly virgins at recruiting kids to kill.

Hut/Muj usually targets 15 to 19 year olds, and indoctrinates them with private religious lessons for several years. Their na?ve ?migr? parents think the kids are going to some sort of Islamic Sunday school, while they are actually attending Bin Laden's version of the Hitler Youth. After several years of bonding and brain washing, the kids, now in their early twenties, are ready for terrorist operations. Some live near you.

Hut/Muj cells have spread like a cancer to California, New York, Virginia and Oregon. Despite the fact that local police have made several arrests for planned subway bombings and terrorist training, the FBI still laughs the whole Hut/Muj phenomenon off. This, the feds assert, is protected freedom of speech, mosque based religious education, entirely harmless. That is what the British used to say before 7/7. The mental calendar of the FBI's top leadership seems permanently stuck on 9/10. It is time they faced a clear and present danger.

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