According to an Iraqi military official, violence has dropped precipitously across the entire war ravaged country. It's not exactly peace, but the level of killing has "returned to pre-war levels" and that's got to count for something.
In 2006, U.S. forces tried to hand over security in parts of Iraq to security forces only to have them collapse in the face of sectarian violence and insurgent attacks.Too bad the good guys aren't winning the war. If we were winning the war then Iraq might be able to publicly celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus and a large poster of Jesus Christ in Baghdad on Sunday.
Iraqi forces are responsible for security in 13 of the 18 provinces, with coalition forces available for help if requested.
There has been an 86 percent decline in violence this year from last year, Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said Sunday. Attacks have dropped from 180 a day last year to about 10 a day this year. He also said rates of killings had declined to below pre-war levels, about one per 100,000 people.
Oh, wait! For the first time ever, Iraqis did publicly celebrate Christmas with Santa and Jesus on Sunday without violence, bombs, and killing. The celebration was sponsored by the Interior Ministry and was cordoned by armed troops.
The event takes place in a public park in eastern Baghdad, ringed with security checkpoints. Interior Ministry forces deployed on surrounding rooftops peer down at the scene: a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and tinsel; a red-costumed Santa Claus waving to the crowd, an Iraqi flag draped over his shoulders; a red-and-black-uniformed military band playing stirring martial music, not Christmas carols.Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf said, "All Iraqis are Christian today!"
On a large stage, children dressed in costumes representing Iraq's many ethnic and religious groups -- Kurds, Turkmen, Yazidis, Christians, Arab Muslims not defined as Sunni or Shiite -- hold their hands aloft and sing "We are building Iraq!" Two young boys, a mini-policeman and a mini-soldier sporting painted-on mustaches, march stiffly and salute.
Oh, wouldn't that be nice... no Muslim terrorists to spoil a perfectly good day ever again.
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