posted on May, 29 2013 @ 04:53 AM
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
reply to post by gladtobehere
It's ok, they don't think of you as human either. We're descended from pigs and monkies to them.
Actually, I've worked with many Iraqi refugees in my vocation, and they are quite divided in their opinions of Saddam Hussein and George Bush and the
war in general. Some hate Hussein and love Bush, and some feel the exact opposite. They are an exceptionally friendly and welcoming people who will
just about give you the shirt off their back, and will not judge the people for the actions of their government. Plenty feel that Australia is a great
country which welcomes them as citizens.
Most of the Iraqis I have worked with are Assyrian Christians, who are a persecuted minority in Iraq, who unfortunately cop it from both Shia and
Sunni Muslims. Saddam Hussein was fairly accepting of the Christian minority and this is why he still has a lot of support from the Assyrians who
often say that life was a lot better under Saddam. When Iraq was stable it had a very modern economy and plenty of people lived very well - petrol was
cheaper than just about anywhere - I think I was told you could fill your petrol tank up for about $2 US.
I've seldom heard a negative comment about Australian people from the Iraqis I've had the pleasure to work with. They can be scathing about the
Australian Liberal Government under the leadership of John Howard, which was part of the 'Coalition of the Willing'. Not all, but a vocal number
(Iraqi people are very forthright, not shy in the least) wonder why Australia was involved. Those who feel differently and support the invading forces
feel that they were promised a lot, but feel somewhat jilted, believing the occupying forces ultimately delivered little, creating artificial safe
havens which will only further exacerbate sectarian violence when Iraq is fully governed and policed by Iraqis.
Just about every Iraqi male adult I have met has done military service, some being veterans of the Iran-Iraq war, some of the first Gulf War, some of
the second, and some of 2 or even 3 out of 3 (as well as various other military activities such as fighting Kurdish militia).
I am amazed at how gentle some of these military veterans are, despite the brutal wars they have lived through. One ex-soldier I know has major health
issues due to his body being riddled with shrapnel.
One thing I've noticed about nearly every Iraqi I have met is that they are extremely happy to be in a safe country, and none of them have any desire
to go back and live in their home country. It is extremely unsafe and full of sectarian violence, and no-one is optimistic of any change for the
better anytime soon.