Friday, January 07, 2005
Interesting piece on MSNBC.com about what's going on in Iraq, and the culture of death that's taken over.|
So now the two acted like reunited cousins. The driver explained that he lived in Mahmoudiya, but came every day to Baghdad to work the cab, which he used for his "real job."
"And what's that?"
"I specialize in killing women," he said.
A long bloody blade
The atmosphere in the car turned stifling and tense, as if an inconsonant note had been played on an unseen piano.
"I kill whores, women who go to the Green Zone and have sex with the Americans," the driver added as a justification.
The Green Zone is the sprawling American headquarters in Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's erstwhile Republican Palace, then and now, a forbidden city within the Iraqi capital where rumors continue to circulate about what goes on behind its high concrete walls.
My friend eyeballed the road for a place to get out.
"I use this," continued the driver, taking a nearly foot-long folding knife from under his seat. He opened the long blade. It was encrusted with blood.