As many of you know, I am back in Iraq. I got back on Friday and a couple of days latter I saw an article in the Stars and Stripes entitled “Baghdad Nights”. It appears that the security situation has improved so much around the international zone (green zone) that night clubs are starting to open. What is more amazing is that soldiers are heading of base to go to them. Here is some of the excerpts of the story:
Club manager Salah Hassan said Thursday’s visit was not exceptional. “The Americans come here four or five times a week” he said.
“Everyone is having a good time.” said Spc. Eric Cartwright as he watched his comrade do the chain dance.. “No one is scared about what ‘s going to happen to them. This is a good sign.”
This club, as well as others, are popping up on Abu Nawas Street. This used to be the happening club district in Baghdad during the 70′s and remained that way until Saddam, trying to appeal to religious Iraq’s for needed support, closed them down in 1994.
Of course I think this one quote from an Iraqi sums it all up:
“We never expected that such a day will come in Iraq.” gushed Hussein Sheba.
So much for the doom and gloom “we cant win in Iraq” crowd.