Iraqi Correspondents Maintain Sense of Humor — And Outrage

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By: E&P Staff

As we noted earlier this week, McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau maintains a blog where its Iraqi correspondents — who, unlike American reporters, are very much part of their communities — post news and reflections.

Two of the most recent postings at “Inside Iraq” show two sides of the reactions. One tries to find the absurd humor in it, while the other reveals how the war damages deeply practically everyone.

Correspondents’ full names are not used.

The first posting is from “Dulaimy”:

Two messages I received that I want to share it with you. Sarcastic messages became quite common, it is kind of funny and sometimes draw a wide smile on our faces…

?Good News for all Iraqis? Iraq2 will be opened soon in Mars, all those who wants to travel should go to the nearest Iraqi embassy. Re-send this and you will get a free Visa from NASA agency to Iraq2. Please Notice: The agency prepared all types of road side bombs, car bombs, pistols and machine guns so Iraqis won?t feel homesick?.

and the second one …

?Recent studies proved that Iraqis are the most romantic people on the globe for the following reasons: 1. They are used to have dinner using candle lights (because there is no electricity). 2. They sit in front of a wooden stove (no electricity or fuel, no other alternative). 3. When the husband is late for more than 5 minutes the wife will call repeatedly (he might get kidnapped). 4. A wife will sell all her golden possessions (to pay the ransom). 5. All men are back home by 5 p.m. for their wives (because of the curfew)?

The second posting is from “Sahar”:

The wound is now open, left to fester, contaminated by some known and mostly unknown germs.

But now the price to be paid is being dealt out in a different coinage; blood, and human lives; some taken, others destroyed; more yet left in despair over lost loved ones that have been killed, maimed or have simply disappeared.

The price is not paid by those who made the decision and reaped the benefits, but by us. Democracy and freedom for the Iraqi people!

I issue an invitation to Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Come; experience first hand the democracy you brought us. Come; partake of the freedom you so generously taught us. Come, I will offer you my home, there is room enough.

I had a brother. He was killed; coinage for your democracy. (11.Aug, 2005 ? 52 yrs)

I had a son. He was killed; coinage for your freedom. (3 Dec, 2005 ? 18 yrs)

I had a nephew. He was killed; coinage to ease your inflated ego. (12 Feb, 2007 ? 30 yrs)

Come, there is room enough in my home to accommodate you; but there is no room in my heart to accommodate your lame excuses.
Come, all those who participated in wounding our hearts; come; there are more than half a million places vacant of their occupants, we will accommodate you.

There is room enough.

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