Weird, we’ve heard Hussein (Saddam), was a peaceful secular type! Why would this be the first Christmas there?
While most of the corporate media ignored it, CNN touted the first Christmas celebration in Baghdad like they were the ones who provided it. Moments later, they likely called American soldiers “war criminals,” and berated Bush and General “Betray-us” for their childish dreams of, “spreading of Democracy and peace to the Arab world.”
Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf, greeted CNN reporters with a big smile. “All Iraqis are Christian today!” he says.
The Christmas celebration has tables loaded with cookies and cakes. Families fill plates and chat in the warm winter sun. Santa balloons hang from trees. An artist uses oil paint to create a portrait of Jesus.
In the middle of the park there’s an art exhibit, the creation of 11- and 12-year-olds: six displays, each about three feet wide, constructed of cardboard and Styrofoam, filled with tiny dolls dressed like ordinary people, along with model soldiers and police. They look like model movie sets depicting everyday life in Baghdad.
Afnan, 12 years old, shows me her model called “Arresting the Terrorists.”
“These are the terrorists,” she tells me. “They were trying to blow up the school.” In the middle of the street a dead “terrorist” sprawls on the asphalt, his bloody arm torn from his body by an explosion. Afnan tells me she used red nail polish to paint the blood. A little plastic dog stands nearby. “What is he doing?” I ask. “He looks for terrorists and searches for weapons and explosives,” Afnan says.
Her mother, the children’s art teacher, Raja, shows me another child’s display called “Baghdad Today.”
“This is a wedding,” Raja explains. “Despite the terrorism, our celebrations still go ahead. This is a park, families enjoying time. And this is a market where people go shopping without fear of bombings. This is a mosque where people can pray with no fear.”
In the middle is a black mound that looks like a body bag. Policemen and Interior Ministry forces surround it. “This is terrorism,” she tells me. “We killed it and destroyed it, and our lives went back to normal.”
UPDATE: Iraq has made Christmas a national holiday. Next thing you know they’ll be pissing off liberals with their Christian religiosity. Lord knows they don’t care about any other religion’s offenses.