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Muzzled

07/26/2004

In 1967 I checked in to a military draft center in Damascus to get my military service identification papers. I was 19 then.

After rough medical examination by a doctor, they gave me my ID booklet. I realized that a paper clip was attached to my portrait picture in the wrong place. It was covering my lips. I told a sergeant there about it, but he said it was not a problem. All these years since then I was thinking whether I should remove the clip, but was afraid to do so because they would accuse me of forging the document.

Yesterday I tore up the document, since it is no longer needed for renewal of passport or anything else. I used to think about it as a dog-muzzle that would keep me silent and deprive me of free expression.

Abd al Suri

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by Abd al Suri @ 03:57 PM CST [Link]

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Replies: 1 Comment

Extremely powerful. All the more so for its brevity.

Posted by JHP @ 07/26/2004 05:57 PM CST


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