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I am Iraq. I am old, and I am sad. Iraq is pronounced EE-RAQ, not EYE-RAQ. Actually, Iraq is not my real name. This name was given to me by the British at the end of World War I when, having defeated the Ottoman Empire (usually referred to as the Turks) with the help of the French and other allies, including the U.S., which joined in toward the end, they carved up the ancient Middle East, and created kingdoms for those whom they believed to be their friends. It was now payday for the Hashemi desert family in "Iraq," who had helped them against the Turks.
The great Roman Empire, the most powerful on earth, whose legions terrorized nation after nation into submission, whose armor and cavalry and corps of engineers had defeated the Belgae, the Celti, the Germanii, the Iberii, and most of Europe, and had built roads and bridges from the Baltic to the Pillars of Hercules, figured that taking my land would be an easy task. Rome's famous statesman and strategist, Pompey the Great, would do what all others had failed to do, he would invade my land: He would free my people; he would bring democracy; we would have elections, just as they had in Rome. Because invading my country to free my people, getting rid of my rulers, and imposing Roman rule was so important, and would ensure Pompey's future leadership of the Roman Empire, he assigned his top general, his Chief of Staff, General Crassus, to lead the invasion. And so General Crassus, with 50,000 troops, including the most experienced infantry and cavalry divisions of Rome's imperial army, invaded my country. For the first two years he sent back to Rome glowing reports of his successes: mission accomplished, democracy has won, the rulers have been captured, and the people are free. But five years later, the reports were not so glowing: Insurgents are everywhere, Roman troops and Roman civil officials are being captured, many have been beheaded, there is chaos everywhere. General Crassus was never seen again, and Roman bones bleached on our hot desert sands.
Originally posted by RizeorDie
history repeats itself:
[edit on 18/8/2010 by RizeorDie]
Originally posted by RomeoDandy
I don't want to get ripped off for $1.50 unless it gives me a lot of pictures of the women Iran stones to death for adultery, before and after pics, really turns me on. Does the article give lots of pictures of the women Iran stones to death? Go Iran!