Here we are living the last minutes in 2008,I cannot consider this year as the worst year in my life, at least, I still alive, and that’s really enough to say it was just another year…in Great Iraq(Alhamdu lelaah).
In career, this is the worst one, In this year they banned the mask, and that was the biggest event for us as Interpreter. In this year I worked with really great team I’ve ever seen, I worked with high rank officer, It was great chance to me to be more close to my people and to discover how my people think, and what’s going on in this country!.How the Americans deal with their counterparts and how the Iraqis work and deal with their counterpart from CF(coalition forces).
In this year, many weird thing happened, on of these thing was: when you dicover like a person has accused by many murders of Iraqi innocents, but after few days, you seen him not just seen but also sit down with him on the same food ceremony table, I never got feeling such this before.
In this year, I went to range to shoot, not with AK 47! But this time was with M4, what a wonderful weapon is!
In this year also, I discovered that the US Army has a good percent of Muslims and Iraqis!!.
I worked with two of them, they were really great.
I will leave bad memories and turn to good once:
Two things happened to me this year: I really proud that I made real friendship with a little….very little of my coworkers, I gained two friends, friends I will never forget even if they forget me…
The other thing and the most important thing is……..I found my life partner!!! what a great feeling is this!!!, if I will alive, I will marry her, She is great and beautiful, smart and brilliant…I think it is a gift from Allah (God) !! I really appreciate this…wow.
Yes, 2009 will be the most difficult and last year to me…
They will begin this year with another assassination to Iraqis Interpreters…Official paper came to Interpreters Manager say:
“depend on the SOFA(Iraqi – American Agreement), the GOI considers the Iraqi local interpreters as Iraqi citizen working in a foreign company, so the GOI will take tax from them, about 20% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and they (Iraqi interpreters) have to fill a form about their information, name…address and all biographic data, to let Ministry Of Finance put them in its system !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “
I really shocked when I heard, the Government Of Iraq left everything and turn its face to Iraqi Interpreter!! …what the hell is going on???, when I decided to work as interpreters, I’ve known that one day, they will sell all our information to any person(special group….JAM….AL-Qa’ida….country….GOI…) will pay much money to has the database, but I never expected it will be in this quick and this way, and to whom!!!!!!!!!!!! Minister Of Finance( previously was: Minister Of Interior who accused of many sect crimes and many murders).
Yes, that the real face of Americans.... and Iraqis… and I don't blaim them!!!
You know… I can go ahead and fill that form…but what about my family !what about my relatives and my house, who will take care of them…? Who will protect them from GOI guys and BAQIR JBR SOLAGH guys(BAQIR JBR SOLAGH is the name of minister of Finance).
Many question in my mind!!! If they are looking for the tax, they can take it from our corporation and that is it….but why they want us to fill information form!!!!!!!!!!! why !!!!!!!!!!!and for whom interest that happens? I really don’t know…
I think we reached to the end…..I have a friend always says: The Game Almost Over.
I think so…
Have a good and great new year and always feel regretful because you are not in Iraq!!!!! …2009 will be the most challenge year in my whole life…see you “Insha’a Allah”.
They postponed the taxes to 29 January, but they got new way to get us out, Yes...new one, now they say:you have to do medical examination to continue do your job!!!!! now you remember??? Medical Examination!!!!, friend of mine got termination because he didn't pass that medical examination...I'm realy upset, and realy missing him....they just told him, you didn't pass, you have some trouble in your lungs!!!!He never ever smoke a cigarette in his whole life....!!! I don't know what to say....