Saturday, November 05, 2005

Photos from Iraq that the MSM will NEVER show you

Just take a look at Sooni's photographs.

Scroll all the way down and enjoy.

And then ask yourself what our reporters are doing in Iraq today.


Treasure of Baghdad, our local reporter/blogger, tells us about Eid festivities around Iraq this year.
O came and we worked as Iraq is always full of events even if it is Eid. By 4 p.m. I went out to talk to some people about their impression about this year's Eid. I was surprised. All the people I talked to were so happy to the extent they said, "We are not afraid."

Saad Salman, for instance, took his two sons and three daughters out to have fun during Eid. "We decided to go out this Eid because we feel security is better than it used to be," said Salman, a 42 year- old trader who was having ice cream with his children at a crowded Ice Cream store in central Baghdad neighborhood of Karrada. Salman who lives in New Baghdad district said he brought his children because they kept bragging him to go out. "Mostly children enjoy Eid. I want them to feel happy," he said. Unlike other Iraqis I interviewed in Baghdad before Eid, he said, "We think the future will be brighter, these are the first steps to stability."

When I came back I wrote my report and compiled the Eid impression in other cities from our stringers. People in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, went out in the streets happy with their children and relatives. They went to restaurants and amusement parks. Children played soccer in the streets, police and traffic police disallowed vehicles move in some areas as these areas are crowded with people. An amusement park that was deserted since the invasion is reopened this year and is full of people celebrating Eid.
Anbar province, however, might have to wait until next year to celebrate Eid like the rest of Iraq.
The situation in Iraq's western province, Anbar, where most of the insurgency operations come from, Eid was different. People said they have no Eid. They said they went to the cemeteries where their relatives and friends were buried as they were killed few days ago by a U.S. air strike. "There is no happiness in our hearts," a resident said.

In Falluja, people were seen with their families walking in the streets or driving as there are no amusement parks. The big park is taken by the Marines and the smaller is taken by the Iraqi army. People were left without a place to have fun in.
Later, after work, Baghdad Treasure kicked back with some friends at a restaurant.
By 7 p.m., O and I were done with work. I suggested having dinner together and we did. We went together to Samad, a restaurant in the upscale neighborhood in Baghdad. We had fun a lot. That was the first time I go out to have fun with O for more than a month. The last time was in Amman when we spend one of the best times in my life.


You know the Airport Road in Baghdad, right? It's one of the most dangerous stretches of macadam in Iraq, right?


Now it's one of the safest.

A generous hat tip goes to Cori Dauber over at Ranting Prof for digging to PAGE 15 of the Washington Post to find this article.


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