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To: denydenydeny
"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.
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Can someone explain all the references to Christmas. These people don't celebrate Christmas. Thoughts?
11 posted on 04/09/2003 10:44:17 AM PDT by KansasConservative1
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To: KansasConservative1
Eh, Christmas as a secular holiday has become pretty omnipresent all over the world. The Japanese are huge on Christmas.
16 posted on 04/09/2003 10:49:31 AM PDT by John H K
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To: KansasConservative1
a thank you card for chiraq
20 posted on 04/09/2003 10:50:23 AM PDT by ffusco ("Essiri sempri la santu fora la chiesa.")
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To: KansasConservative1
It was for all the French scientists that were working there.
26 posted on 04/09/2003 10:53:50 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (.45 .46, whatever it takes)
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To: KansasConservative1
Iraq has a sizable Christian population.
38 posted on 04/09/2003 11:08:37 AM PDT by Kadric
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To: KansasConservative1
"... 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.

55 posted on 04/09/2003 12:47:59 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: KansasConservative1
These people don't celebrate Christmas

Saddam's regime WAS secular.

138 posted on 04/09/2003 5:14:58 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: KansasConservative1
Can someone explain all the references to Christmas

Code/inside joke ?

170 posted on 04/09/2003 6:25:19 PM PDT by VRWC_minion (Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: KansasConservative1
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".
229 posted on 04/10/2003 8:18:00 AM PDT by jae471
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To: KansasConservative1
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.

251 posted on 04/10/2003 3:18:30 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: KansasConservative1
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.

*** OFF TOPIC ALERT ***

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!

258 posted on 04/10/2003 11:33:55 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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