New Year 2020: The battle of Baghdad

Honorable President Trump, honorable Ayatollah Khamenei!

Today is January, 1st in the Gregorian calendar. All around the world people are celebrating the new year 2020. I myself was celebrating here in Vienna, being up in the hills of the Vienna Woods and looking down onto my beloved hometown shining in the glance of all fireworks going on.

In the same time i was thinking about Baghdad. Some hours ago we got the news that Iraqi Shia fighters were trying to storm the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Last week a US-American citizen had been shot. And as a reaction the US-Army fired back killing more than a dozen people. This caused fury among Iraqi citizens who marched towards the US-Embassy and finally tried to conquer it. The US-Army sent Apache-helicopters to defend the embassy from being stormed.

What is this all about? On the one side there is the United States of America, who started a war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq fifteen years ago. On the other side there are musim Shia fighters supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Both are fighting against each other.

For the US the Shia fighters are their enemies. For the Shia fighters the US are the devil. This is the horrible truth.

Dear Ali Khamenei, dear Donald Trump. What do we want? “When you enter a house, first say: ‘Peace to this house.'” (Luke 10,5) Either we erase each other in hate, or we finally make peace. There is no third alternative.

Peace to Iraq.

Shalom alejchem, Salam aleikum!

Vienna, 01.01.2020 AD
4. Tevet 5780
5. Jumada Al-Awwal 1441
11. Dey 1398

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