A report on life in the new caliphate

“Iraqis recount their lives under the Islamic State: Cheap food, endless rules“,

By Mohammed al Dulaimy and Hannah Allam
McClatchy Washington Bureau  May 29, 2015

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/05/29/268256/iraqis-recount-their-lives-under.html#storylink=cpy

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Filed under Foreign Policy, General Interest, Islam, Politics, Terrorism

4 responses to “A report on life in the new caliphate

  1. Robert

    This account sounds something like Stalin’s climb to power and then control.

  2. Yes, it does. For people who lived under Saddam’s dictatorship to complain about harsh rules, one can only imagine.

  3. Minta Marie Morze

    Except for the leadership, those who live under totalitarianism become livestock, owned in every way by the leadership. If they are fed decently, and housed decently, it is because the leadership needs their bodies to be functional; if the food and shelter becomes less, it is because they are needed less, and are therefore more in danger of being culled and butchered; if they are in a slave-labor camp, they will be used until their livestock capabilities cease—literally, until their bodies die. At all times they are as the cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and other creatures in the field, and as with all such livestock, they are not allowed to leave their assigned field or barn. They are subject at any moment to be brutalized and even killed at the whim of the system.

    Most of their mental activity is desperately directed at discovering which “human animal” is needed the most at the moment, and jockeying toward one position and away from another. “I am a sheep today,” a man thinks, “because they want to sheer me; but, tomorrow, when they want roast lamb, I shall try to be a horse, ready to pull the plow.” And he glances around, trying to locate a neighbor who might carry more meat on his bones, and make a better lamb, tomorrow. And he searches for a way to betray that neighbor.

    And those on the Left look at such a farm and think how peaceful and idyllic it looks—confident in their own belief that when the revolution comes, they themselves will be in the leadership, because, of course, they are among the brilliant and morally superior ones, not like the creatures of the field.

    • Minta, You certainly described it perfectly – “a farm”.

      The article states:
      “He said local women used to protest when the caliphate’s authorities poked them with sticks in the market to admonish them for improperly veiling or for failing to cover their feet with thick black socks. But then the jihadists began marching the women home and seizing their fathers, brothers or husbands to face punishment on their behalf.

      “He’ll be held to account, in many cases beaten, whipped or imprisoned,” Fadhil said. “There used to be objections, but now everyone is resigned to it so they just follow the rules.”

      Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/05/29/268256/iraqis-recount-their-lives-under.html#storylink=cpy

      People submit to the “rules” and obey.

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