Violence in the Quagmire Doesn't Keep Iraqis at Home
So are Iraqis staying home because of the violence? You be the judge!
Iraqi Shiites pilgrims march toward the Imam Mousa al-Kadim shrine, for the annual commemoration of the saint’s death, in Shiite district of Kazimiyah, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Aug. 20, 2006. Thousands of pilgrims chanting religious slogans walked shoulder-to-shoulder down a boulevard to a Shiite shrine Sunday for an annual ritual of grief, held under rigorous security including a ban on private vehicles to prevent car bombs. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
On Saturday, the New York Times reported in dramatic fashion that:
Fearful Iraqis Avoid Mosques as Attacks Rise
…Er-Um… Except of course this bunch!
It didn’t look that way this past weekend for the celebration day of a Shiite saint.
Tens of thousand Iraqi Shiites Muslims march to the shrine of Imam Moussa Kadhim, for the annual commemoration of the saint’s death, gets treated in a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Aug. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Last year this weekend saw the largest loss of life since Saddam was in power. Over 1,000 worshippers were trampled on a bridge outside the Imam Mousa al-Kadim shrine in Baghdad.
Shiite Iraqi pilgrims head out of Baghda. (Getty)