No Language But That of Treason

Mohammed at Iraq the Model tells us of the death of his brother in law at the hands of the terrorists. Mohammed and his brother Omar are among the very strongest supporters of democracy in the Iraqi blogsphere and true Iraqi patriots.

Last week our little and peaceful family was struck by the tragic loss of one of its members in a savage criminal act of assassination. The member we lost was my sister’s husband who lived with their two little children in our house.

He was a brilliant young doctor with a whole future awaiting him, the couple were the top graduates in their branch of specialty. They had to travel abroad to get their degrees and the war started while they were there but months after Saddam fallen they decided to come back to help rebuild the country and serve their people.

He was not affiliated with any political party or movement and spent all his time working at the hospital or studying at home and he was dreaming of building a medical center for his specialty to serve the poor who cannot afford going to expensive private clinics.

We didn’t know or anticipate that cruel times were waiting for a chance to assassinate the dream and kill the future.

I wrote about Syrian doctor Wafa Sultan’s experience of seeing her teacher assassinated in his classroom here last month. I believe there is a pattern of assassinating professional people – doctors and teachers – in this war that is probably underestimated because it tends to be reported piecemeal. I don’t think there is much doubt that these professions are being targeted because they reach such large numbers and are critical to the process of building a modern society. The urge among teachers and doctors to bring the benefits of modernity to large numbers of poor people is a common impulse arising in these two professions precisely because one person can reach so many people. I grew up in a poor section of rural New Hampshire in the fifties where we had a local doctor who worked tirelessly for all, whether or not they could pay his small bills. He worked so hard that he would drive himself around the clock until he couldn’t avoid sleep anymore. He would pull his car in a graveyard and sleep knowing that he wouldn’t be disturbed. There have been many others like him all over the world and I believe Mohammed’s brother in law was following in that noble tradition.

I believe what we are seeing here is a deeply anti modern attitude. I think it is so pre modern that we sometimes have trouble recognising it for what it is. Wafa Sultan’s words taken from her New York Times profile are worth repeating:

The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions or a clash of civilizations, Dr. Sultan said. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilizations and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality.

Mohammed puts it this way:

The terrorists and criminals are targeting all elements of life and they target anyone who wants to do something good for this countryThey think by assassinating one of us they could deter us from going forward but will never succeed, they can delay us for years but we will never go back and abandon our dream.
We have vowed to follow the steps of our true martyrs and we will raise the new generation to continue the march, these children of today are the hope and the future.

What a difference between those who work to preserve life and those who work to end itit’s terrorism and crime and there are no other words to describe these acts.
They will keep trying to steal life from us and we will keep fighting back and we will keep exposing them but not with bullets and swords, we never carried arms and we will never do because we are not afraid and because we are not weak unlike those cowards who know no language but that of treason.


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