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Iraqis open arms to romance as violence fades; fundamentalist Islam and Code Pink, Reid, Obama, other Iraq war dead-enders hardest hit

A funny thing happened on the way to the quagmire. All across Iraq boys and girls are channeling 1960's America as they "Make Love, Not War." Who could have imagined the Iraqi people were a peace-loving and moderate bunch? A go-it-alone president who ignored the so-called popular wisdom of defeatist Democrats like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama - that's who.

Still looking to blame someone for the god-awful spending bill that just passed Congress? Bush's fault for winning the Iraq war and leaving Obama the Spendthrift free to focus on wreaking long-lasting domestic havoc.

Romance is in the air in Baghdad as war-weary Iraqis celebrate Valentine's Day after a sharp drop in violence, allowing lovers to cautiously hold hands in parks and to buy gifts for their sweethearts.

Public courtship and more daring clothing for women are increasing after years of growing intolerance, perhaps signaling the Islamic dogma and conservatism that accompanied Iraq's slide into sectarian slaughter may be losing their grip.

Interestingly, given a choice between horse-whippings and beheadings at the hands of fundamentalists or living freely with evolving (and Westernizing) social mores, the Iraq people ratted out the fundies and embraced the benefits of temporary US occupation. I guess retards like me who supposed a moderate, democratic and US-friendly Muslim country in the Middle East would be a tremendous advance might just end up looking like visionaries.
Like other Iraqis, they are caught between a desire for greater freedom and romantic expression, and a conservative Islamic culture brought to the fore in six years of war.

When religious militias and insurgents controlled swathes of Baghdad, men found with women before marriage were whipped, and the woman taken to her parents, Abbas Jawad said.

"My son is spending Valentine's Day with his girlfriend. He's 16. I would never have allowed that before," he said.

Call me crazy, but a teenage boy who's well fed and...as we might say on a family-friendly website, well serviced... strikes me as a lot less likely to want to go off and die for Allah. Was there a single person in 2007 who believed such a thing could happen in a Muslim country?
Even secular Iraqis once dressed conservatively to avoid militant ire, but clothes are now tighter and shorter, shrinking in line with militia power following government crackdowns. Global trends are beamed into Iraq by satellite television.

Husam al-Din Ali picked a miniskirt -- black satin with bright gold studs and a long metallic chain -- off a rack at one of the women's clothing shops he owns in Baghdad and brandished it as proof Iraqi women can now dress more suggestively.

Now that is what I call Change We Can Believe In. We'll know they've turned the corner once and for all when NSFW music videos are playing on Iraqi television. There was a time when a Muslim female was not permitted to show her navel on television right here in America. That time was 1965 and that Muslim woman was the bafflingly blond-haired and blue-eyed Barbara Eden cast as a genie in I Dream of Jeannie.

Really makes you think.

But it's not all fun, games, and romance in Iraq:

Changes bring their own problems for some Iraqi men, too.

"The girls have changed the way they dress so much. It's so good now it hurts," said Mohened Tha'far who, with no date lined up for Valentines Day, sat gazing at girls walking by.

Maythem Alaa and Ahmed Salman, dressed in tight jeans and shirts and with perfectly coiffed hair, were also frustrated.

"Love is tiring," said Alaa.

"We've been walking round and round trying to catch those two's attention for ages now, but no luck," said Salman, pointing to a pair of fashionably dressed girls in the distance.

I suggest they take up political blogging. Every Valentines Day I'm like a freakin' hummingbird going from flower to flower.


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Comments (14)

I blame ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


I blame Bush.

Nope, its all Cheney and Ro... (Below threshold)
epador:

Nope, its all Cheney and Rove's fault.

A Middle Eastern miracle. T... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

A Middle Eastern miracle. Too bad no one from the socialist media has noticed.

"Public courtship and more ... (Below threshold)
davey:

"Public courtship and more daring clothing for women are increasing after years of growing intolerance, perhaps signaling the Islamic dogma and conservatism that accompanied Iraq's slide into sectarian slaughter may be losing their grip."... Reuters had to use that buzzword "conservatism" in association with "intolerance", "Islamic dogma", and "sectarian slaughter". Other examles of political bias abound within the Reuters article.

You'll never convince the n... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

You'll never convince the nation that Dubya won the war in Iraq, you'll convince neocons but hell they think Obama is the anti-Christ for God's sake.

Iraq has just had elections where voter fraud was rife. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,493224,00.html

Sectarian violence is at the highest level it's been in a long time, just today a suicide bomber has killed 32 pilgrims just south of Baghdad. And two bombs went off in Baghdad killing 16 people at a bus terminal.

So you can continue to post your goody feely crap about how peaceful and tranquil Iraq is, until reality hits, or explodes. The truth is sometimes painful to accept, so painful some are completely blind to it.

Your almighty leader won nothing!

Oh and maybe you could tell... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

Oh and maybe you could tell the families of those 16 who died in January and the 8 that have died already this month in Iraq that the violence is fading. *eyeroll*

Palin, we lose more america... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Palin, we lose more americans in a year from violence then Iraq. Plus we have more fraudulent elections then Iraq, thanks to the democrats. What the heck are you talking about? Nevermind. You don't know. ww

palinisevil - "Oh and m... (Below threshold)
Marc:

palinisevil - "Oh and maybe you could tell the families of those 16 who died in January and the 8 that have died already this month in Iraq that the violence is fading. *eyeroll*"

The only "eyeroll" present is mine and is caused by you selecting an outlier in the well published stats that in fact show deaths both civilian and ISF as steadily declining for well over a year.

Come back in a couple months if and when the stats prove deaths are raising. Until then please confine yourself to Wizbang Blue and fellow Palin hater lee ward's little house of lunacy.

Ah i see, i have the wrong ... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

Ah i see, i have the wrong opinion to yours so i must leave because how dare i have a different opinion to your own. Typical. *eyeroll*

I don't see our troops as stats, i see every life as a human being that has been needlessly killed. Yes, the loss of life is getting smaller, but the civilian loss of life because of sectarian violence is getting bigger and bigger. I know you won't want to know that because it tarnishes the victory halo you've put round Dubya's head, but sometimes the truth hurts. The violence isn't fading, it's getting worse. Three suicide bombs in the last three days, a populace without running water and electricity, a quagmire. You can all pat yourselves on the back and play goody feely, me i'll live here in reality.

Palinisevil.Realit... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Palinisevil.

Reality.

Oh, THAT makes sense.

palinisevil - "Ah i see... (Below threshold)
Marc:

palinisevil - "Ah i see, i have the wrong opinion to yours so i must leave because how dare i have a different opinion to your own. Typical. *eyeroll* I don't see our troops as stats, i see every life as a human being that has been needlessly killed."

For the sake of debate let's agree you don't view the deaths as "stats," let's just say you are very quick to use them no matter how misleading they are to score undeserved partisan points.

O-kay?

As for having a different "opinion," it's crap on a stick, formulated on a single stat that flys in the face of an entire years worth that shows the exact opposite of what you attempted to show.

In addition, this statement, "the civilian loss of life because of sectarian violence is getting bigger and bigger," only goes to show you never bothered to view the figures at the link provided.

If you had that wouldn't have been written, if you did look it makes you out to be the misguided scum you make yourself appear to be.

Marc, i've come to expect p... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

Marc, i've come to expect personal attacks from people on the right, thank you for not letting your side down.

I don't think we've won anything nor do i think the violence is fading. And i certainly don't need to attack anyone to voice my opinion, i'll leave those logical fallacies all to you.

palinisevil - "Marc, i'... (Below threshold)
Marc:

palinisevil - "Marc, i've come to expect personal attacks from people on the right, thank you for not letting your side down."

Spare me your phony self-rightous indignation.

Anyone who selects the moniker that you have, that needless to say is an affront to civility, and wearing it with such pride on a right leaning blog has zero credibility remarking on name calling or the invective tossed your way.

In short, you're a mindless twit who knows little aside from that spewed forth by the nutcakse that reside at media matters or DKos.

Thank you for proving my po... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

Thank you for proving my point.




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