Things to do in Baghdad

April 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm (Uncategorized)

I read the print edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail, but there’s no Sunday edition, so we get the New York Times then. I laughed out loud when I came across the quotation below in today’s paper in an article, entitled

Secure Enough to Sin, Baghdad Revisits old Ways

One police detective said he would not dream of enforcing the law against prostitutes. ‘They’re the best sources we have,’ said the detective, whose name is being withheld for his safety. ‘They know everything about JAM and Al Qaeda members,’ he said, using the acronym for Jaish al-Mahdi or Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia.

The detective added that the only problem his men had was that neighbors got the wrong idea when detectives visited the houses where prostitutes were known to live. They really do just want to talk, he said.

‘If I had my way, I’d destroy all the mosques and spread the whores around a little more,’ the detective said. ‘At least they’re not sectarian.’


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