In a bizarre example of Iraq's creeping "Talibanisation", militants visited falafel vendors a fortnight ago, telling them to pack up their stalls by today or be killed.The edicts are indeed eo stupid one has a hard time believing the men with guns are serious. The Islamonazis have banned the wearing of goatees, shorts, T-shirts with English writing, the sale of mayonaise (assume the use, also), ice is banned as well as cold drinks and ice cream. Women are banned from public busses and cigarette smoking is forbidden. (Cigarette smoking is now banned in all public spaces in one California town, too. I don't think an immediate death penalty applies, though.)
The ultimatum seemed so odd that, at first, most laughed it off - until two of them were shot dead as they plied their trade.
"They came telling us, 'You have 14 days to end this job' and I asked them what was the problem," said Abu Zeinab, 32, who was packing up his stall for good yesterday in the suburb of al Dora, a hardline Sunni neighbourhood.
"I said I was just feeding the people, but they said there were no falafels in Mohammed the prophet's time, so we shouldn't have them either.
"I felt like telling them there were no Kalashnikovs in Mohammed's time either, but I wanted to keep my life."
Yes, all of these bans would be laughable if they were really part of a "Seinfeld" script, but people are actually being killed for violating the new rules. Tennis players and their coach have been shot dead for wearing tennis shorts, ice cream vendors are dead, men with goatees have been murdered. There seems to be no end to Islamic stupidity. There is a lot of stuff that didn't exist in Mo'profit's time. The killing field is wide open.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.