Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The differences on applying the concept of freedom in Iraq and in USA

   At Al-Anbar University in Iraq, professors avoid political issues and criticism of the government. Those who openly criticize the government face rebuke from the dean or other university leaders.

   At the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, where I am currently studying under a grant from the U.S. Department of State, one of the professors freely criticized the America’s former presidents and their political decisions. Unlike in Iraq, university professors in America are free to express opinions and ideas.

  But America has rules that its citizens cannot ignore. When you want to cross a street in Washington State, you must cross in a specific location. When you want to cross a street in Iraq, you can cross anywhere you like, which causes problems. Freedom here comes with consequences. In Iraq today, no rules are followed, no punishment is given for those who made the mistake, and no one cares about the other benefits. Their freedom is in front of others freedom, like they can drive in a wrong side careless for who cross and other cars.

  When the occupation forces came to Iraq, they said we will let you see the real concept of freedom. We had a dream. Those days are passed now and show us something else. Time shows the concept of freedom was misunderstood and abused by the Iraqi people and their government. Lawlessness is not freedom; in fact, it can cost us freedom.

It will take a lot of time for the Iraqi people to adjust, but it will be okay to try.

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