Friday, January 11, 2008

Snow in Baghdad.

It snowed in Baghdad this morning for several hours--the first time in 100 years. I'm just silly, I suppose, but it strikes me as hopeful. Like beautiful things which hardly ever happen *do* sometimes happen. Imagine the delight, in that desert-ish place! Some quotes from Baghdad residents:

"It is the first time we've seen snow in Baghdad. We've seen sleet before, but never snow. I looked at the faces of all the people, they were astonished. A few minutes ago, I was covered with snowflakes. In my hair, on my shoulders. I invite all the people to enjoy peace, because the snow means peace,"

-60 year old Hassan Zahar

This snow will bring pleasure to the people of Iraq. It's beautiful!"

-baker Mohanned Rahim

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