Wednesday, April 04, 2007

seeing daylight

This wouldn’t have anything to do with the vernal equinox, now, would it?

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi government on Tuesday said it was cutting back the number of hours the capital was under curfew, extending the time citizens could be on the streets at night until 10 p.m.

Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, the spokesman for the Baghdad security operation, said the curfew had been shortened by two hours "because the security situation has improved and people needed more time to go shopping."

Am I the only one to whom this has occurred? There’s more daylight—so the curfew can be shortened. Or is it that the Brigadier General just deals with a crisis pretty much the way GW Bush did after 9/11—when the going gets tough, urge people to go shopping.

And, as for that increased security, um. . .

Iraqis killed in February: 1806 (64.5/day)
Iraqis killed in March: 2078 (67/day)


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