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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Advice from the Fourth Wise Man

I do not come bearing good tidings and joy. While we Americans feast on our annual festival of gluttony and greed, which we dress up with religious clothing, we should be reminded that across the globe we have been burning Iraqi cities and not chestnuts over an open fire.

Yes, America, there is no Santa Claus, and when you wake up Christmas morning to your stockings filled with goodies and presents stuffed under the tree, Iraqis will still be combing the rubble for lost loved ones killed or maimed by bombs and bullets paid for with your hard-earned tax dollars.

The US invasion of Iraq has destroyed much of the nation, leaving many cities in utter chaos. While you may have spent the week before Christmas frantically trying to find a store selling iPods (or whatever), people in Baghdad are trying to simply survive under Dubya's jackboot.

Here is a Christmas list posted by Riverbend on her blog, Baghdad Burning:

1. 20 liters of gasoline
2. A cylinder of gas for cooking
3. Kerosene for the heaters
4. Those expensive blast-proof windows
5. Landmine detectors
6. Running water
7. Thuraya satellite phones (the mobile phone services are really, really bad of late)
8. Portable diesel generators (for the whole family to enjoy!)
9. Coleman rechargeable flashlight with extra batteries (you can never go wrong with a fancy flashlight)
10. Scented candles (it shows you care--but you're also practical)
Riverbend, who blogs only occasionally now because of the power shortage, also had this advice for Santa:

When Santa delivers please make sure he is wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet. He should also politely ring the doorbell or knock, as a more subtle entry might bring him face to face with an AK-47. With the current fuel shortage, reindeer and a sleigh are highly practical- but Rudolph should be left behind as the flashing red nose might create a bomb scare (we're all a little jumpy lately).

Peace on Earth (as if).

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