Saturday, April 01, 2006

Baghdad Blues

I've been meaning to post this for AGES, ever since I saw it photographed by Armin Linke.
It is the Qadissiya Martyrs' Monument and it is meant to celebrate Saddam's "victory" over Iran in what he termed the second Qadissiya war (the first Qadissiya war being the original Arab victory over the Sassanian Empire of Persia that led to the Islamicization of modern-day Iran). The second war was a victory because Iraq regained exclusive control of the river that flows between it and Iran, at a cost of nine years spanning the 1980s and a million lives.

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