Sunday, April 20, 2008

The changing Iraqi lifestyles.

By Essam al-Sudani, AFP/Getty Images

A Basra family watching a gun battle between Iraqi soldiers
and al-Sadr rebels from the front door of their home.

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"The family used to pack up the car, drive to the park, picnic and play on weekends. But after the American invasion our car was eventually stolen and used by a suicide bomber to kill many in the market. That's ok, because the streets are too hazardous for driving now anyway, so we feel blessed because that terrorist may have actually saved our lives by stealing the car.

Now we have taken to new amusements. Instead of the park, our new past time is watching the gun battles, often just outside our home.

"Of course, we must use caution," the father warned. "Sometimes in the heat of battle, we must go inside and retreat to the back of the house to avoid the spraying of bullets in our family room and kitchen. But it's ok because we can still listen, which can be very exciting with the battle so close.

"And another advantage is we don't have to wait for the weekend to go to the park to enjoy our new hobby. The war outside our door happens on weekdays too! Sometimes even at night!"

4 comments:

eProf2 said...

What a nightmare we, the United States, have created in Iraq. I know how we got there through the lies and fears foisted on us by BushCo, but I'll be damned if I know how to get us out of there. I sincerely believe we just declare victory and leave in less than a month. But none of our leaders has the moral guts to take even the first steps to withdrawing. Shame on us!

horsedooty said...

eprof2 and anyone else that might be interested, today on Craig Crawfords forum, a poster named 9\11, posted this link that shows the collusion that the news organizations and the Pentagon have. It tells how the news organizations hired retired generals to tell us about the war when, in fact, the generals were beholding to the Pentagon and just part of the PR arm of the Pentagon. Most, if not all, have or had connections to companies that make money from the Pentagon contracts. Pretty shameful.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?hp=&pagewanted=all

adios para ahora mis amigos

Yo soy un demócrata amarillo del perro.

Yo soy Hussein Horsedooty!

eProf2 said...

HD, I think it's called the military-industrial complex. You know, the one Ike warned us about back in 1960. C. Wright Mills probably still has the best analysis on the M-I complex of any writer then and now.

Dada, did you see where Border Explorer won the 13 winning run game when her Cubs won yesterday?

HD, are you in with the Texas Rangers?

horsedooty said...

eprof2 Ok, but as bad as the Texas Rangers are I don't look to win much if any. I would sign a partitiion if I thought it would bet the manager fired.

adios para ahora mis amigos

Yo soy un demócrata amarillo del perro.

Yo soy Hussein Horsedooty!