"On a mantle, folded under documents, a Christmas card never sent. On the front is a dove, its wings the ellipses of the atom, tinged in orange, yellow and green. Under it, a tiger, facing backward, its body a swirl of Arabic letters. Inside the card: "Rights of Third World Peoples To Alternate Energy Sources For the Future Development of Their Environment and Culture."
The next page: "Let Us Hope This New Year Will Be a Year of Peace and Justice and With All Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year." Signed, Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission. Baghdad.
Can someone explain all the references to Christmas. These people don't celebrate Christmas. Thoughts?
Eh, Christmas as a secular holiday has become pretty omnipresent all over the world. The Japanese are huge on Christmas.
posted on 04/09/2003 10:49:31 AM PDT
by John H K
a thank you card for chiraq
posted on 04/09/2003 10:50:23 AM PDT
("Essiri sempri la santu fora la chiesa.")
It was for all the French scientists that were working there.
Iraq has a sizable Christian population.
posted on 04/09/2003 11:08:37 AM PDT
"... Can someone explain all the references to Christmas. These people don't celebrate Christmas. Thoughts?
My guess is that card was destined for delivery to Chirac last Christmas.
These people don't celebrate Christmas
Saddam's regime WAS secular.
Can someone explain all the references to Christmas
Code/inside joke ?
posted on 04/09/2003 6:25:19 PM PDT
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Christ is viewed as a prophet of Islam in the Muslim world, second only to Mohammed himself.
This is why Christians are "People of the Book" in Islam.
Most of Christ's life is viewed through the same light to Christians and Muslims (well, educated tolerant muslim clerics -- a rare breed), believing in the miracles of Christ and the Virgin Birth. The Passion is where things start to differ.
Abraham and Moses are also "Prophets of Islam", which is why Jews are also "People of the Book".
posted on 04/10/2003 8:18:00 AM PDT
Can someone explain all the references to Christmas. These people don't celebrate Christmas
Actually some do. There is a signifigent Christian population in Iraq. Tariq Aziz came from that community. Notice, I did not say old Tariq is (or more appropriatly was) a Christian.
posted on 04/10/2003 3:18:30 PM PDT
by El Gato
That card doesn't sound too Christmassy to me, but there is a Christian minority in Iraq... mostly Chaldean Christians, I believe. The Iraqi official Tariq Aziz is a "Christian."
Baghdad Bob is a Shia
Most everyone else in Hussein's government, though, are Sunni or not religious at all.
It's entirely possible that many of his scientists are Christians. Or were Christians- he may have killed a lot of them since he had them all under house arrest during the inspections phase.
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Oohrah, wow, just heard Col. Perkins, 2nd Brigade commander, 3rd ID just came on Fox... said they had one guy taken out on a stretcher but he had a shotgun on his lap... when some Iraqis fired on them, the guy on the stretcher picked up the shotgun and wasted them while he was being carried!
posted on 04/10/2003 11:33:55 PM PDT
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