By Styles Cradgerock, Iraq, BAGHDAD – With time running out as December nears to a close Baghdadis of all sizes, sects and credit histories rushed to kill one another and top 2006’s death toll.
Brushing aside US and Blackwater Construction Company requests to “chill”, “take a time-out”, and “genuflect” vengeful bloodthirsty citizens woke early Monday to begin a brutal day of death-threatening, physical intimidation, and sabotage.
Tourists visiting Baghdad for Christmas wondered if the wide-ranging bloodlust might affect them.
“There does still seem to be rather a lot of fighting going on about,” said Phillip Conn, 43, a vacationing orthodontist from London. “Especially in and around the ‘holy places’, which is a shame, really, as those are what we came here to see.”
Taro Matsumoto, a nineteen year-old university student from Nagoya, Japan said most Iraqis had treated him well during his five day visit to the turbulent capital.
“Everyone was very nice,” said Mr Matsumoto, who mentioned he had come to “homestay” with an English-speaking Iraqi family. “But to tell the truth, I didn’t like the food much; it was very oily,” he added.
Shops in central Baghdad and neighboring suburbs seemed to be all but sold out of standard armaments like glocks, AKs and bazookas.
At one local arms market, a shopkeeper who declined to give his name or discuss his hobbies confessed business had been so good he had only “stink bombs” left in stock.
“If there is someone you really want to kill before Christmas,” he cautioned, “you’d better get down here soon and buy something. Or you’ll end up having to do it the old-fashioned way: with your bare hands.”