Monday, January 4, 2010

Alcohol Prohibition in Iraq?

BAGHDAD -- The banner appeared mysteriously this fall on a railing along Abu Nawas Street, the hub of nightlife on the banks of the Tigris River in downtown Baghdad, where the atmosphere in recent months has grown markedly more subdued.

"Damned is he who sits at a table with alcohol," the handwritten sign said.

Posted near a strip of nightclubs recently raided by police, the unsigned missive spoke to a new fight being fought across Iraq as government officials attempt to assert greater control over the country's moral and social norms.
This is evidence for my view that, when all is said and done, the invasion and occuption of Iraq will have replaced a secular repressive regime with a sectarian repressive regime.

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Anonymous said...

The U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq may or may not have been in retrospect a good idea. There is no doubt. however, that most everyone in Iraq is better off than they were under Saddam Hussein, a dictator who ordered the gassing of 30,000 Kurds. The elections in Iraq are reasonably fair, probably fairer than any country in the Middle East other than Israel. What Jeff is complaining about is that a fairly elected regime is enacting laws that he does not agree with. I agree these laws are dumb, but they are being enacted by a government that was chosen by the Iraqui people.


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www.jmitchell.me

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