|Our freedom ... deformed like our statue!!|
|Sohel Ahmed Bahjat|
|In the United States and specifically New York City, stands the Statue of Liberty, which was designed by the famous (Frederic Bartholdi) dedicated by the French Republic to the United States in 1886 in the first centennial anniversary of the United States independence, with a height of 46 meters and weight of 125 tons, without mentioning and detailing the date of design and development of this statue as a symbol of freedom, but I would like to compare it with the Iraqi artworks , and sorry that I called these artworks as "miserable" compared with the great artworks built by great people and nations, despite of that these statues are expressing the same issue and inspire us by the meaning freedom as usual, and they fully reflect the kind of freedom that we have. |
Baghdad, the Iraqi capital that I've visited when I was a kid that is why I can't remember much about it – It contains two statues of liberty, the first mural is created by the late artist Jawad Salim, and the second is the Statue of Liberty in Al-Fardos Square, which replaced the statue of the tyrant Saddam, but I don't know who is the designer of it. But what sparked my attention here is that both artistic designs , especially the statue in Al-Fardos Square, doesn't reflect any psychological or emotional impact to the mind of the beholder, the mural is like a story and it needs the explanation as if it is something vague and incomprehensible to understand , and the statue ( of our freedom) is an accurate reflection of a distorted concept of our freedom, one of my friends described it saying sarcastically: (It seems to me like Grendizer cartoon injured by local IED.
In our society freedom cannot expressing itself without to be with fear and the statue showing a sort of making art surrounded by fatwas prohibiting of "Photography" or images of living creatures, in religious concept the artist claimed the ability to creation as God!! The statue seems to me like a zombie so we don't know what it is, is unlike the statue of Scheherazade tells the story of Arab Nights to King Shahryar, or statue of maid in the story of Ali Baba and the forty Thieves, these statues seem to me more beautiful and realistic.
We singing for freedom, and even the Baath mass-murderer was proclaiming freedom as sacred and put the word at the top of slogans, but because the people didn't realize and are still not aware the concept of freedom and the difference between people's freedom and freedom of the individual, this concepts still undiscovered by majority of Iraqis, the lack of the concept is makes people rush to freedom with emotion, but as a society try to establish the concepts of freedom and democracy to begin, others hurried to classification the freedom concept to acceptable and unacceptable with religious arguments, or sometimes some politicians refuse it on the pretext that the Iraqi society is "religious conservative" or "Iraq is tribal system", "our own identity "," fear for the morals! ".. etc.
Our statues are very simple and poor lack to largeness, which creates a profound influence in the self that this statue reflect the majesty and magnitude of how much these people believe in freedom as sacred idea, but when we look Iraqis statues, we will found the importance of freedom in the eyes of Iraqi people, it same rank of bread, eggplant, electricity and other things that we need in our miserable lives, is that freedom we deserve to sacrifice for it? In other words, our work will look like this funny, to sacrifice himself for the sake of eggplant and a loaf of bread.
Freedom has made the affluent nations, successful, rich, developed, and law respect, there are no people in history had produced a rich and entertaining freedom, freedom has always been the underlying motivation in the French Revolution , American revolution and even in Hindi peaceful revolution led by Mahatma Gandhi, We are witnessing the rise of India as a superpower nation, while the Iraqi revolution in 1920 which Iraqis proud in, produced a weak parliamentary system, distorted freedom ended with the fall of parliamentary democracy by nationalists and Baathists in the bloody 1958 coup, which was the dictatorship of the republic, broke up what was in the Iraqi state of good deeds. If we want to consolidate freedom actually in our social life, we need to habituated ourselves on ethics may seem foreign to us at first glance, the nations of the civilized world learned each individual respect the other individuals freedoms, In Turkey, is a Muslim secular country for example , every individual exercising his freedom without any interference from anyone, freedom is the only stipulated that the individual doesn't harm others, as for us, as Iraqis, it is too easiest thing to interfere with other people's affairs under the pretext of "preserving morality" and "religious fanaticism", or deplore any opinion because "that it is kufr and heresy," and the real obstacle to freedom is now, "the clergy" and " clan-tribal system ", and when the Iraqis get rid of these obstacles, freedom will be available to us.