Baghdad, Iraq - You can see it
right away - to understand and quantify it is a
much different thing!
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
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.`
`They are the ones causing all
our problems. They cause everything to not work,
the bombings, killing our people. They are the
cause.` he says.
`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
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 on.
`What do you think of freedom`.
`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 life`.
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 him`
Shaking her had, her face burning
with anger, she says `yes, you see the black
`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
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 everything!`
`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
`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 trying!`
`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
Trying to get something
`politically correct` out of the conversation`, I
ask `but it is not islam that is the reason, is
`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 crazy!`.
`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 nearby. .
`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
With a look of surprise she
answers like the vast majority of the `silent
majority` in Iraq feels.
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
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
Away from the `look` and the
`black minds` and the threats of the thugs and all
their henchmen, you get a very, very different
`We want the Americans to stay
forever!` seems to be the clear answer! Please
help free us from the darkness . . .