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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:47 AM
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Violence melts last remaining pleasures in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - It was one of Baghdad's last remaining pleasures, but even eating ice-cream is now too risky.

"I have brought my family just once this season. Each year is worse than the last," said Abdul Rasoul Majeed, a 40-year old civil servant, savoring a rare vanilla ice-cream in Al -Ballut, a usually popular parlor in central Baghdad.

Bombs and bloodshed drove Iraqis from the streets, parks and playgrounds of their capital long ago. But they kept coming out for ice-cream, at least until February, when a spasm of sectarian violence pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war.

"Before the war it was very good. We used to open the shop until three in the morning. Now, we close it at nine. Even two years ago was better, when the curfew began at 11 p.m.," said Wail Zuhair, the 25-year-old behind Ballut's counter.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060820/wl_nm/iraq_icecream...

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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:52 AM
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1. Mmmmm....melted pleasures...
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:57 AM
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2. Thanks to Bush...NO ICE CREAM.... They Hate Us for our ARROGANCE
and IGNORANCE
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:58 AM
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3. he does look Ecstatic, doesn't he?
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:31 PM
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4. So, when are all those promised Bush statues going to be finished?
Maybe they'll come up with one depicting Bush knocking an ice cream cone out of a poor Iraqi kid's hand.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:35 PM
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5. Bu$h: The "I Scream Man."
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 01:48 PM
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6. "Before the war it was very good."
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 01:49 PM by LynnTheDem
"Before the war it was very good."

Iraqis were better off under Saddam Hussein than they are now under bushica.

FACT.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 01:55 PM
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7. Can you imagine how good ice cream is
...in 120-degree heat?
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:00 PM
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8. And Lord Pissypants
expects expressions of THANKS from Iraqis? What an ignorant, arrogant fool he is.
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