June 9th, 2008

me_relaxing

Documentaries, anyone?

Anyone into documentaries? I just finished one that will come out on Tuesday called "Heavy Metal in Baghdad." WOW!

It follows the career of Acassicauda (Latin for a kind of deadly scorpion found in the desert) as they struggle pre-war and post-war to make heavy metal like their idols from the States. I think one of the band members said it best (paraphrasing) "This is the thing you turn off when you see it on the news. But this is what we live with every day."

To see these men and their families risk it all for music, to do something they are passionate about, to just want to be FREE to wear whatever, say whatever, grow their hair out.... to no longer live in fear - from each other, more than the US and allies. They had to flee to Syria where as they said, they are at less than 0. At least in Baghdad they were at 0, now as refugees, they can't legally get jobs, they have to start all over... and to think they say they miss Iraq and the war because that was home. No matter that if you get stopped, you don't know for sure if it's the real cops or some angry mob who dresses like the cops. Fear? We in the rest of the world don't know what that word really means.

As one 19 year old said, all he wants to do is travel, he wants to be finally free to go where he wants, when he wants... and he is restricted, but doesn't know why. Is it only because he is Iraqi? Is that all their crime for being treated like less than human in Syria and other countries these MILLIONS of Iraqis have had to flee too? And why are they not being let back into their homeland? I'd be PISSED if I was kicked out of the US and had to live somewhere. Same as I'd be PISSED if I was told I could no longer visit Germany.

Sorry... don't normally vent my politics out. But it's these glimpses of real life that took YEARS of trust to bring to the rest of us that always makes me think. However i think i am going to think more about bed now....