Seated in his South Glendale apartment with his wife and three children, two of whom are identical-twin daughters, Caesar Ahmed says he has resigned himself to a new life in the U.S., far from the strife spreading in his native Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.
Anti-government protests in Iraq last week led to the deaths of at least 11 demonstrators who clashed with security forces — a familiar scene across the Middle East as demands for democratic reforms spread from the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. But Ahmed left any sense of hope behind in Iraq when he moved his family to Glendale.
When he speaks of the people in Egypt and in other Middle Eastern countries fighting for reforms, he asks, “How? And who’s next? In Iraq, there was one party. The Baath party.”
Now there are more than 30 political parties.
“It really worries me — the whole thing about democracy and reforms — it takes years and sacrifices,” Ahmed said. “It’s not going to happen overnight.”