Monday, December 22, 2008

Bit of Peace and Taste of Christmas Come to Iraq

Army Gen. Ray Odierno, ranking commander of US forces in Iraq, spoke with the APs Chelsea Carter Saturday saying he will make a decision about US troop deployments in early spring following the January provincial elections. He reckons the two month time period will allow time enough to deal with any violence that may flair up and ensure that those elected to office can actually take office. The time is also needed to redeploy troops to southern Iraq to replace the departing British troops.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf said, "All Iraqis are Christian today!"

Oh, wouldn't that be nice... no Muslim terrorists to spoil a perfectly good day ever again.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

Stop it Indi. You are giving Harry Reid a stomach ache! Don

Indigo Red said...

Don, I hope this gives him an ulcer that causes him to spontaneously combust.

Amy Proctor said...

A very Merry Christmas, Indigo. Blessings to you today...

Indigo Red said...

Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family.