This is a British general in the mountains of Iraq in 1917
Stanley Maude encountered a shepherd.
The general turned to the shepherd and told his interpreter to tell him that the general would give you a pound in exchange for slaughtering your dog.
The dog is very important to the shepherd. He grazes his goats, brings back the lost herd, protects the herd from the attacks of the beasts, but the pound is worth more than half the herd. A greedy smile spread across his face, he grabbed the dog and slaughtered it at the general’s feet.
The general said to the shepherd, “If you take off his skin, I am ready to give you another pound. The shepherd will gladly take off the dog’s skin.” The shepherd immediately accepted the offer and paid the general shepherd three pounds.
The general was a few steps ahead when he heard a shepherd’s voice coming from behind. He was coming from behind and saying, “General, if I eat dog meat, will you give me another pound?”
The general nodded in denial that I just wanted to see your psyche and times, you just slaughtered your bodyguard and friend for three pounds, skinned him, cut him into pieces and ate him for a fourth pound. Be prepared, too, and that’s what I need here.
Then the general told his comrades that these are the thoughts of the people of this nation so you do not have to be afraid of them.
This is the situation of Muslim countries and societies today, they trade their most valuable and important thing for their own small expediency and need.
And this is the weapon that every colonialist, every occupier, every savage enemy has been using against us, through which he has ruled and through which he has plundered the countries.
Today there are so many ‘shepherds’ among us in our countries who are not only ready to eat dog meat but are also eating the meat of their compatriots and selling their homeland for a few bucks.
Adapted from Dr. Ali Al-Wardi’s Arabic book “Social Moments from the History of Iraq”