By Guest Writer & Ikhras Friend Roqayah Chamseddine*
Rimah Fakih, a native of my very own Southern Lebanon, was recently photographed crowd surfing atop a slew of American soldiers – flaunting a set of prim and polished nails in the ironic shape of a peace sign. This perverse display during the first half of an NCAA college football game between the Virginia Military Institute and Army in West Point, N.Y. was a public relations stunt; an Arab woman being carried by a profusion of United States occupation soldiers, wearing a smile filled with sheer delight. On Ms.Fakih’s personal twitter account she goes onto proclaim her excitement at being invited to “…flip the coin at the Army Football game… GOArmy.”
Rimah Fakih is a colonial feminist’s dream come true, an occupation soldiers most thrilling fantasy and an anti-imperialist’s worst nightmare.
She is this years lucky import – a foreign object brought into the lime-light in order to make the occupation of offshore lands palatable. She provides all the necessary requirements of the integration being promoted by the Western war-machine; Fakih is a female, an Arab and a Muslim.
When I see Rimah’s smiling face being carried into the air Iremember Iraq; I remember coming to terms at such a young age with the idea of war. I revive the knots which built upon one another in the pit of my stomach as I sat listening to the screams and cries, the wailing and supplication – through the haze and noise of a television screen. I remember the ashen children being carried into the air by their tormented parents. I remember the anguish, the hurt and the harrowing shame.
Rimah Fakih is the product of our shame, that of the Arabs. This is what is being promoted as deliverance for our occupied and subjugated people. The idea of uniformity and acceptance is touted and accepted without reluctance – we fear the sting of the slave-masters whip to such a degree that we ignore, brazenly, the cries of our brethren for help.
And as the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine reach out for our hand we give them this – Rimah Fakih.
Rimah is a toy, a brand, a label – prostituted amongst the Western war circle. But sooner or later, her beautiful face will age and she will meet the same fate of all imperialist Barbie-dolls before her and those who will unquestionably come thereafter; Rimah will be discarded in the trash bin of history.
TOP PHOTO: Identity card for Abeer Hamza Qasim Al-Janabi. She was 14 years old when she was gang-raped and murdered together with her 6-year old sister mother, and father by US occupation soldiers on March 12, 2006 in a home in her village Southwest of Baghdad.
*Roqayah Chamseddine is a Lebanese-American humanitarian activist. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law and Journalism. She was a member of the Gaza Freedom March last December in Cairo. Check out her tweets at http://twitter.com/iRevolt.