A nifty Iraqi hacker found a way to protest the government here with the government's own tool. The Iraqi Presidency Council's website has been hijacked by someone who calls himself SoSo H H Lion.
Instead of the latest news from the Presidency Council a statement exclaims "Defaced!" in English and in Iraqi slang lashes out at the government.
The statement titled "To the Iraqi government," is graced with the old Iraqi flag and the Iraqi national anthem plays to the complaints.
The flag was recently replaced with an interim flag so that the government could fly the Iraqi flag in the region where they will host a pan-Arab parliament meeting. In Kurdistan the flag is seen as a symbol of the genocide committed against them under Saddam Hussein.
Eventually Iraq will chose yet another flag to represent them. But many Iraqis, like hacker SoSo, are angered by the change. To them it is a symbol that preceded Saddam Hussein and they believe it represents them.
The hacker asks, "A question; what are you doing for the country besides theft, looting and killing the people?"
Here are some excerpts from the statement which I suspect will soon be removed:
"Mention one thing that you did and the people will say 'God have mercy on the government's parents.' Of course you know very well that Iraqis are dying by the thousands. If one person died from the parliament or the ministries wouldn't the world turn upside down? Wouldn't it?"
"You left militias and the problems of the country and came to the symbol of Iraq, the Iraqi flag, and changed it. This is the flag that we raise everywhere and we are proud of it. This is the one we used to wrap our martyrs who sacrificed their souls for the sake of this country."
"It is sure that you will say, according to your media, that terrorism, the nation's enemies, Iraq's enemies and supporters of this and that sabotaged the website.
"These are your tricks. But the ones who sabotaged the site are Iraqis and we belong to our country not to anyone else.
"We know very well that this will not change anything but we are expressing the feelings of all Iraqis...Hopefully consciences will awaken."