Babylon’s last alcohol seller arrested

AFP: Babylon's last alcohol seller arrested: family

Paul Wolfowitz said that Iraqi Shiites would be better friends for the US than the Saudis because they are ‘secular,’ and Paul Bremer boasted in his memoir of being viceroy of Iraq that he had kept key ministries out of the hands of the Shiite fundamentalists. The AEI predicted that secular ex-Baathist Ayad Allawi would win the 2005 elections. Then when the Shiite fundamentalists who actually did win the elections put it in the constitution that parliament may pass no law contravening sharia or Islamic canon law, the US Republican Party hailed the constitution as a shining beacon for the rest of the Middle East.

In fact, the Bushies and Neocons did more favors for Muslim fundamentalism in the Middle East than anyone since Ronald Reagan and his cronies helped invent al-Qaeda and the Afghan Mujahidin (like our present life and death enemies the Haqqani network and Gulbadin Hikmatyar’s Hizb-i Islami, which Washington has the nerve to now brand ‘Taliban’— as if the CIA had not given them billions).

So members of religious minorities in Iraq are now being arrested for daring sell a cocktail. I guess it is liberated, all right.

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  1. ref : “In fact, the Bushies and Neocons did more favors for Muslim fundamentalism in the Middle East than anyone since Ronald Reagan and his cronies helped invent al-Qaeda and the Afghan Mujahidin. To be sure, the Bushies and Republicans have done more to empower Christian fundamentalism in the West than anyone since Ronald Reagan and his cronies helped politicize to empower that voting bloc, which began to flee the Democratic party circa L.B.J. (as a result of civil rights / women's liberation / secular humanism, etc.) imho, the U.S. Republican Party and their ideology have always been precisely the wrong tool for the West to apply to defeat the theocratic agendas of Middle Eastern Fundamentalism, thus.

  2. I recall that circa 1989 in Los Angeles, I found in a local market a brand of Iraqi arrack for sale. It was sold under the label "Abi Nuwwas" (the name of a celebrated poet). And it was delicious.

  3. Why is it a bad thing for alcohol to be banned in Iraq, and a good thing for marijuana to be banned in the U.S.? Alcohol is one of the most harmful drugs, certainly more harmful than marijuana. A very large fraction of the court cases in the U.S., be it related to violence, accidents, etc. is alcohol-related.

    One thing that makes Iraq different from the U.S. is that alcohol is not an inherent part of its culture in the way it has become in the U.S. It's best to keep things that way. Think of all the families and lives that will be saved.

    Maybe this makes me a "Muslim fundamentalist"; but then so be it.

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