Choosing a leader for a country is usually done by a voting system in this 21st century. Unfortunately for some countries dictatorship of some leaders make their own land a prison they can’t escape from. Imprisoned in a land where they cannot escape, living in fear and tolerance of a system they simply dislike, a place where freedom of speech and liberty was stolen from them is a living hell. Expressing your views could lead you to torture or fatal consequences. Iraq was such a place under the regime of the ruthless leadership of Saddam Hussein. Until his capture and execution his commandment tortured and murdered millions of lives and the stories of such heroes and martyrs went untold, and their history and lives forgotten by the following years.
This is a story of a tribute to the unforgettable sufferings endured by the nation of Iraq, a successful ending for a monstrous beginning.
Dr. Shakeer Bashi, a PHD holder in industrial engineering is an Iraqi national living in the United States, a happy man with the distant pain of losing his family back home. He fled in terror to the United States after he feared for his own safety. Unfortunately his brothers were not so lucky. There was a massive killing s during the period of year 1999-2000 which was stated as years where unbearable inhuman activities were taking place in Iraq. Genocides and mass executions that killed thousands of people, ignorant were the rest of the world. The government did not go by the humanitarian law and disregarded the basic human rights. In suspicions of political activities many innocent lives were succumbed relentlessly and with simply no reason or questions asked. They had no voice and no place to go. Mufeed and Haseem Bashi were one of the many who had fatal endings and murdered during this time. They were the brothers of Dr. Shakeer Bashi. The memory would never fade for the family and the pain still fresh in their hearts and minds.
Fate would intervene and present these survivors of the Bashi family an opportunity to have the most extraordinary revenge of a lifetime and to gain the benefits from this.
The Americans and the Allied forces finally decided to end the terror enforced on the people of Iraq by Saddam Hussein and his administration. The invasion of Iraq took place during the Gulf War in 2003. An intensive search was commanded to capture Saddam Hussien and his two sons Udday and Qusay. After a crucial and thorough investigation, a rigorous search operational team effort of the US army, tipped by many of the locals led to the successful capture of this hated and most wanted ruler Saddam Hussien, distressingly his two sons managed to escape through Baghdad and find their way to Mosul. The US army troops put out a search warrant out and listed them as the most wanted brothers in the world.
After some years, the brothers found refuge in a household in Mosul, by using their power of fear and threatening the owner of the house Sheik Nawafal-Zaydan Muhammed, a regional tribe leader, and became their uninvited and unwelcomed guest.
Interestingly the story reaches its climax here. This tribal leader was related to Dr. Shakeer Bashi as they were cousins. Despite being watched and threatened by the brothers, Nawafal managed to pass out the message to his cousin, now living in the US about the events unfolding in his household. The cousins now began to devise a plan in which they could get their revenge and also end the horrors and terrors and eradicate the power these men impose on the land even being hidden. It needed meticulous planning of timings and arms so nothing would go wrong.
The first step was taken by informing the US army who immediately dispatched its troops in surrounding the house and opening fire. This soon turned into a battle field that the fighting continued for almost three hours, finally ending with a victorious US army and the brothers dead, a perfect ending for their terrible ruling power which oppressed the people who believed and trusted them.
Satisfied and ecstatic by the outcome the cousins rejoiced both in peace and happiness that they were part of ending a terrible story of power gone wrong. The sense and peace they felt on behalf of the family and the community was immense and words fail to express it. Over joyed their sense of victory they beheld by the revenge scheme they were part of was further enhanced by the rewards they were bestowed upon them, $ 15 million dollars each which was a fortune and made them wealthy men.
Dr.Shakeer Bashi was further honored by being given the American Citizenship and placed on the global protection program. The US government deeply appreciated the important role he played in disclosing the locations of these most wanted individuals. The outcome much easier because of the cousins planning and courageous efforts. The appreciation was of respect that helped overcome personal fears and affiliations. Capturing them was made easier and barriers were easily overcome by the troops because of the help and cooperation of the brothers.
Saddam Hussein was executed in year 2006, a final statement of the ending but many of his members of the former regime are still set under suspicions for the part they played in this horror and under scrutiny of their actions and whereabouts. The Bashi family is given more additional securities by the US and Canadian Governments as a safety measure and precaution.
The scars would always be there but today Shakeer Bashi lives a peaceful life with his family and his son resides in Canada. He owns houses in Michigan and Florida which projects his successful outcome in life.
Overcoming barriers and living successful lives are the best form of revenge that could be displayed. Adversity is stepping stone in making your life better. In that aspect, Dr. Bashi, aged 70, is living his life to the fullest with an aura of peace and happiness.
Saddam’s Terror Survivor Reflects on Life as He turns 70 living in the U.S.