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2017/10/16 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
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2009/1/2-8 [Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Iraq] UID:52308 Activity:nil
1/2     War over in Iraq
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/01/AR2009010102079.html
2017/10/16 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
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A young boy sells cans of gasoline from his perch atop one. To many children, walls are as normal as sidewalks and street signs. A young boy sells cans of gasoline from his perch atop one. To many children, walls are as normal as sidewalks and street signs. Buy Photo Iraqi Christians buy a Christmas tree in central Baghdad, where a decrease in violence has helped some sense of normalcy return. Iraqi Christians buy a Christmas tree in central Baghdad, where a decrease in violence has helped some sense of normalcy return. CLOSE Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Anthony Shadid Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, January 2, 2009; Page A01 BAGHDAD Maybe it was the only shot heard for days in a neighborhood once ordered by the cadence of gunfire. Perhaps it was the smiles at checkpoints and the shouts of Iraqi policemen navigating the always snarled traffic. Green Zone Handed Off With Little Fanfare For anyone returning to Baghdad after spending time here during its darkest days two years ago, when it was paralyzed by sectarian hatred and overrun by gunmen sowing despair, the conclusion seemed inescapable. "The war has ended," said Heidar al-Abboudi, a street merchant. Iraq is indeed over, at least the conflict as it was understood during its first five years: insurgency, communal cleansing, gangland turf battles and an anarchic, often futile quest to survive. In other words, civil war -- though civil war was always too tidy a term for it. So have many of the forces the United States so dangerously unleashed with its 2003 invasion, turning Iraq into an atomized, fractured land seized by a paroxysm of brutality. In that Iraq, the Americans were the final arbiter and, as a result, deprived anything they left behind of legitimacy. As many people are killed today as on any day in 2003 and 2004. For any Iraqi, the word, translated into Arabic, draws a dumbfounded look. Certainly not the tens of thousands of civilians -- perhaps many more -- killed in the frenzied clashes of those once inchoate forces. Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim movement that fought Israel to a draw. Survivors rose from the rubble of their homes, offices and stores with the satisfied smile of survival -- in war, its own victory. Then they beheld the destruction the fighting had wrought around them. Their faces turned grim as they realized the task at hand. Saddam Hussein's statue in Firdaus Square with chains, a sledgehammer and a cascade of rocks before making way for a bulky Marine M88 armored recovery vehicle to pull it down. He said everything remained ghamidh -- mysterious and unclear. A City of Walls In Baghdad's 1,250-year history, its denizens have bestowed on it many names. To Abu Jaafar Mansour, its founder, it was the City of Peace, a capital whose walls were so perfectly circular that a contemporary suggested they were poured into a mold and cast.