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Iraq: “It's good it wasn't a car bomb!”

What better, after a short break, than to give my audience what they really want to read – words from the street in Baghdad and Mosul. And there is no better time as Chikitita is back blogging from Baghdad giving her impression of a city that she has been away from for many months and Neurotic Wife, takes a tour through the ‘red zone‘. While Baghdad Dentist returns to Mosul after a break in Baghdad and tells us about the difference.

IMG-0647_580x431.jpgBaghdad Central Train Station by Neurotic Wife

In Baghdad

They say Baghdad has become safer – almost back to normal. And in a way it is true but the issue is one of perception and it is all relative. Chikitita is back in Iraq, visiting her home. She writes:

I sensed some kind of progress in the air; a cab driving through a once Al-Qaida-infested area on its way to a still Badr-controlled one. Last time I was home, this was unheard of! I was amazed by the new changes; all checkpoints have tacky artificial plants as if to divert the beholders’ attention from the camouflage and rifles to the fact that the young servicemen mean no harm.

… As I was promised, … a cruise across the Tigris. It was BREATH-TAKING! For the first time in my life, I was able to take pictures inside my city, on a boat though, pictures that scream I WAS IN BAGHDAD!

The last stop is my favourite place Kadhimiya marketplace, which seemed to have survived. No rip-offs, cheery faces and the good old Iraqi spirit seem to be buzzing with life.

1 comment

  • King US President

    Oh what a peaceful morning !
    On aljazeera today, they say,
    The top story is perhaps the collapse
    Of a three-storey-
    Building in Beijing;
    The next biggest news on BBC NEWS
    Is about Madonna whose daughter gonna
    Meet the man who deflowered her;
    And then there’s the story of the glory
    Of Africa, which, they say, today,
    Will be purchased by Bill Gates
    And will be prosperous
    And its story wonderous.
    No wars today on aljazeera
    No terror today on aljazeera
    For the world is now more peaceful
    Without Saddam & Zarkawi
    With only Karzay & Badawi
    With only Chris Finch & David Lynch
    And King US President
    On top of the World!

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