Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Free to do what?
Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP
Iraqi Shiite pilgrims slash open their heads with swords as they march and chant in front of Imam Hussein Shrine in Karbala, Iraq Tuesday April 22, 2003. For the first time in decades, Shiite Muslims in Iraq are able to perform this ritual done to mark the killing of one of their most important saints, Imam Hussein. During the rule of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, such rituals were banned.

A peaceful people celebrating their heritage. *Shudder* As horrifying as this picture is, I'm hard pressed to say what, if anything, "America" should do about it. I wonder what they'd make of the baptism scene in "O Brother, Where Art Thou".

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