Sunday, October 04, 2015


AFP reports that Haider al-Abadi, prime minister of Iraq, is declaring that opening the Green Zone to the public is part of his fulfilling his promise to the Iraqi people.

Strange, I don't require any signs carried by the protesters in recent months that called for opening the Green Zone.

And, of course, it's not really that open.  As AFP notes, "The measure offers limited access to the vast area, with most streets still requiring a special badge [. . .]"

But there's a bigger issue, isn't there?

One AFP ignores for reasons unknown.

Is the Green Zone open to all Iraqis?


It's not.

It can't be.

Not when Baghdad isn't open to all Iraqis.

Or have we forgotten that Sunnis in Anbar Province have been repeatedly denied entry to Baghdad over the last months?

AFP apparently forgot.

Or pretends to.

I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name

 The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4497.

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That also means a piece by Kat that's supposed to go up here is on hold.

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