Baghdad, Iraq - You can see it
right away - to understand and quantify it is a much
The Iraqis call it the `black mind`.
The signs are easy to recognize. There is the arrogant
swagger, the blazing eyes, the generally unkempt
manner and the strident views that always seem to defy
logic but clearly scream `uneducated`!
I sat down with one of the `black
mind`. Abbas Mohammed, 24 seems to take pride in the
fact that he is a `black mind`.
`I donít care what anyone thinks of
me - I believe what I believe and that is all.` he
`They are the ones causing all our
problems. They cause everything to not work, the
bombings, killing our people. They are the cause.` he
`What about Sadaam? What about the
muhajadeen and terrorists` we ask.
`They are not good, but the Americans
are the worst`. he continues.
The interpreter angered, yells at
him `How can you compare the Americans to Sadaam and
the terrorists? Are you crazy? It is the terrorists
that do the bombs! Not the Americans?`
Eyes ablaze one can see the `black
mind` set in, as logic, common sense is submerged by
its all encompassing power.
Obviously not getting anywhere and to
prevent a fight between the irate translator we move
`What do you think of freedom`. we
`Man is not free. Only free to
`If your son comes to you one day and
says `Father, I have to tell you the truth, I do not
believe`. what would you do?
The answer is swift, harsh and the
`black` eyes are all ablaze. `The koran teaches that
at 8 years old you should teach your son, at 10 years
you should beat your son. If he does not believe I
will kill him. I will burn him. He does not deserve
Not sure I got the translation right,
I check with the translator. `Did he just say if his
son decided not to believe he would kill him or burn
Shaking her had, her face burning
with anger, she says `yes, you see the black mind?``
`What do you think of women?`.
`They are nothing - they are less
than 1/10 of man.` he blazes on.
Suddenly the interpreter steps in and
begins shouting at him. `I cannot continue! It is
enough. Have him leave`.
We end the conversation with the
`black mind`, eyes ablaze, swagger in full swing and
the arrogance seething standing up and walking off.
The translator is very shaken. 34
year old Zainab, continues.
`You see, this is the problem! This
is our enemy! It is this `black mind` that is the
cause of all our troubles. It is not the Americans.
They have come, they have given of their lives. We see
them every day, working so hard with us to make things
better. It is the `black mind` that wants to destroy
`It is the religious leaders that
create this `black mind`. As you can see they are
crazy! Can you imagine any religious leaders that
would teach you to kill your son if he does not
believe like you? Can you imagine any religious leader
that would say a woman is worth only a 10th of a man?
Can you imagine any religious leader that would ignore
all Sadaam did for 35 years of terror and condemn
those who came to liberate us?
`Where does this come from?`
`Maybe 30% of the people are either
those connected with Sadaam and these with the `black
mind`. It comes from islam.` she continued. The vast
majority of the peole, of course do not think like
this, but the `black mind` intimidates them so they
are afraid to say the truth.`
`I am a muslim but somebody must
speak the truth. Do you know what the reality is? I do
now wear a veil over my head. The religious leaders
came to my home and told my mother that if I did not
start to cover my head and stay at home they would
kill me. My mother ordered them away.`
That would be bad enough! The same
`religious leader` later came to me and asked me if I
would come to his house for money! A `religious
leader! Can you believe it!`
`The religious leaders - they are all
liars, killers and thieves and they simply use
`religion` to cover up all the bad things they do! I
am sick of it!`
`Do you think the women cover their
heads and their bodies in winter coats because they
want to? No! They do it because they are intimidated
from a religious leader, a neighbor - often from their
own family who is intimidated from some religious
leader. These men are out of control and someone has
to stop them! We are thankful the Americans are
`People thing that many go to the
Holy Cities of Karbala and Najef to pray to God. Do
you know what the reality is? There are hundreds of
Iranian and Iraqi girls who take two weeks off
supposedly to visit the Holy Cities but in fact they
go there and are prostitutes - they charge 5,000 dinar
- about three dollars each time. This is the reality.`
`Do you know what happens in Ramadan
the Month of Fasting? They actually get fat during the
month of fasting. They do not eat during the day
because they are intimidated then they watch the clock
and as soon as it is sundown they begin to eat and
drink and party.`
`Do you think people pray? They
complain at the early morning blaring sounds of the
`call to prayer` from the Mosques when they are
sleeping! Go do the Mosque, other than Friday when
many are intimidated into going nobody prays! They do
not actually believe! It is all all al lie!`
Trying to get something `politically
correct` out of the conversation`, I ask `but it is
not islam that is the reason, is it?`
`Yes, it is` she replies! `It is the
religious teachers that cause the `black mind` the
mind in which everything is backwards - it is good to
kill, women are no good, beat your child . . . this is
all crazy! How can any religious person teach this and
then say if you donít do as they say they will kill
you! What is this?!
`You see` she continues, `it is the
religious teachers that are the enemies of Iraq. They
block progress for one simple reason - they depend on
the `black mind` to stay in power, they create it by
keeping people uneducated and under their control.
When progress comes, people have freedom and are able
to experience and understand truth then they will
realize the problem is the religious leaders and the
power of the `black mind` will be gone. This is why
they are so desperate to see the Americans and the
forces of freedom defeated. `
What do you think of the Americans
and what they have done in Iraq?
She is quick to answer. `They are our
saviors! They got rid of Sadaam! The Americans have
brought us freedom - finally. I suffered greatly under
Sadaam, in particular under his sons. It makes me
angry to hear the man with the `black mind` say
nothing about Sadaam but about the Americans. This is
`Do you want the Americans to stay in
Iraq? For how long?`
`Of course! Forever until we can get
rid of the `Black mind`.
Worried that I may be getting only
one opinion, I talk to 21 year old Rasha ALi, sitting
`What do you think?` `She is right!
He has the `black mind`. We are happy the Americans
have come and finally helped us get rid of Sadaam. Now
we are free, but if we are not careful we will have
another Sadaam - the people of the `black mind`.
`Do you want the Americans to stay`
With a look of surprise she answers
like the vast majority of the `silent majority` in
So what is happening? Are the `Iraqi
people` we are always hearing about who want the
occupation to end, want the Americans to leave and are
so angry about everything they do really the `voice of
the people` or the voice of the small minority that
desperately wants everything to fail so they can
continue to cling to power?
At least the `word on the street` is
clear - they are the problem!
One soon learns the `look`. If you
speak anything positive, anything not in accordance
with the `black minds` you get the `look`. It says `be
careful` . . .
Was the liberation of Iraq a mistake?
Is the occupation of Iraq a failure? The answer to
that question should not be from the exiles who have
spent most of their lives overseas and from those with
the `black mind`, but from the average people - the
`silent majority` that any country has.
Away from the `look` and the `black
minds` and the threats of the thugs and all their
henchmen, you get a very, very different picture.
`We want the Americans to stay
forever!` seems to be the clear answer! Please help
free us from the darkness . . .