Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Falafel-Free Iraq

NOTE: With blogger having hardware problems this week, it's getting harder to blog. I hope their servers don't crash. If you're a blogger, I suggest you backup your site.

I thought the news from Iraq couldn't get worse than the Haditha massacre, the chopped heads in boxes popping in different parts of Iraq, students getting kidnapped at gun point, gender restricted buses and Basra falling apart. Then, you read the following piece of news and you wonder if the reporter is actually talking about Iraq or Afghanistan under the Taliban:

In a bizarre example of Iraq's creeping "Talibanization," militants visited falafel vendors a couple of weeks ago, telling them to pack up their stalls by today or be killed.

The ultimatum seemed so bizarre that, at first, most laughed it off -- until two of them were fatally shot as they plied their trade.
It is, however, just one of many Islamic edicts to hit Baghdad in recent weeks, prohibiting everything from the growing of goatee beards to the sale of mayonnaise -- because it is purportedly made in Israel.

Even the Arab addiction to cigarettes is being challenged, with insurgents declaring smoking bans in at least one Sunni district.
Another group of traders to have felt the Islamists' wrath is Baghdad's ice merchants, who sell large chunks of ice for storing food and chilling drinks.


What's next, asking people to live in tents like they did in the 7th century? And people wonder why Iraqi bloggers are depressed.


Source: CNN

Al-Zarqawi is dead. Good riddance. Who's their next leader in Iraq?

Maybe there's some hope with Maliki being the new Iraqi Prime Minister. He already scored many points with me by releasing the detainees. Let's hope he succeeds in uniting Iraq.

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