Arrested in Ramadi - Qasem’s nephew needs help - 09.22.2006

Good morning friends of peace,
It is now 2 am ….2 after midnight.
2 hours past in this new day, but nobody can be sure if he will be alive to pass it all …..fighting started just now……heavy fighting and attacks against US bases ….
Mostly the central base, on street 20, received the majority share of fighters bullets and mortars ……sounds of explosions ..and American soldiers shouting …
It is the revenge that comes everyday when US troops arrest more civilians.
 
The fighting finished at 3:20 am ……and notice that the last gun sounds were fighters’ guns (AK, PKC guns)….
 
When the sun began shining, everything was quiet today…..no sounds of guns or tanks …..I hoped this would stay for a longer time
 
At 11:10 am …..our neighbor Mr.X came in a big hurry up to my house and he asked me for help. His son was arrested by soldiers with two US Humvees, in addition to my nephew, who was also arrested.
I calmed him down and asked him to explain why and how American soldiers arrested them ??
 
He said that my nephew, let us call him Sami, was riding his bicycle on a side street, then he stopped to say hello to Mr.X’s son………then 2 Humvees stopped and the soldiers shouted at them, while pointing their guns on them……..then they kicked them and threw away the bicycle and arrested them, and took them to their base by Humvee.
 
I was shocked. My nephew is only a kid (less than 16 years old!) and he was arrested by US soldiers!!!!!
It is not the first time for my people, but it is the first for me and my family.
 
I run with Mr.X out of my house and walked to the Humvee staying in front of my house.
I talked with the Us soldiers, “Hello, we have a problem and we need to ask you some things.,” I said to the US soldier who was sitting inside the Humvee.
He got out and said, “What problem?? “
“A man and a kid were arrested by your soldiers, we need to know why you arrested them, and where they are now.” I said, and I felt very weak. I felt like I am losing one more member of my family.
At that time I was thinking about my nephew, he is kid and we know that Americans or Iraqi army could abuse him, and many bad memories filled my mind.
 
“Oh sorry, who arrested them is other soldiers, we don’t know about this,” the soldier said.
 
Oh my …this same silly game they play ….sorry we don’t know …or we not sure …etc
 
“Ok ok , in this case I have to tell you, my nephew is still a kid, and he could be abused inside the US base or by Iraqi army …so it will be more criminal …he is kid ” I said to the soldier.
At that time I was hoping he would arrest me, so I would be able to see my nephew and take care of him. I can speak English and this could be helpful to avoid bad soldiers and naughty behaviors of them.
 
“We don’t abuse prisoners ” the American soldiers said.
“I am not sure about this, and I am sure your friends will send him to the Iraqi soldiers to abuse him as usual …..so it will be big problem for my family if this happens,” I said.
 
“All that I can say, we are not sure if your arrested friends are good or bad so that’s why they were arrested. In addition the kid was carrying explosive devices.” the soldier said
 
Note, just before the soldier said we don’t know about this arresting case.
 
“What ….!!!?? What kind of explosive materials …please explain for me.”
 
“The kid was carrying a mobile phone, that can be used for remote explosions,” he said.
 
“It is just a mobile phone, they arrested him for that ?? It is just a phone,” I said with surprise, and looking at the soldier’s eyes.
“We will make sure why he carries this phone, that’s all. So calm down,” he said, smiling and looking at his friends who almost laughed at these words.
 
That is a bad thing …..it seems like they are just playing …..while we are talking about a kid being arrested.
 
My friends visited me to find out what problem my family had and offer help and support.
 
One of my friend said something, but I did not think about it.
He said, “If you need those who will help you to make revenge, I can help,” he said that.
 
Well, I have many reasons for revenge, maybe some of my readers will say that this will not make  a change.
Let me explain this ,I found this answer in my deep emotions, maybe revenge could make change when peace can’t work out with the US troops. This change will better maybe, when I provide punishment for the bad behaviors of US troops, this could be good change …
Oh my …I am starting to give up my peaceful way. I gave my word to keep peace as a way of life. I need your prayers to keep it inside me. My hope for peace is getting weak more and more ……I need help to get back my strong peaceful soul.
  
Now I am writing my last words for this day …it is midnight, I heard sounds of tanks moving to go somewhere and as usual to kill somebody ……..untill now my nephew is under arrest …..
Please remember ..he is a kid staying now with bad adults (soldiers). I can’t imagine, I can’t think, I can’t do anything using my peace now, the only thing to do is to tell you and ask for help and prayers.
I am losing my peaceful soul more and more…

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