Clark Mountain Musings

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Iraqi Islamic Zealots enforce "No spicy food for you"

Ridiculous, except they've actually killed people for selling falafel.

As the purveyors of nothing spicier than the odd dash of hot chili sauce, Baghdad's falafel vendors had never imagined their snacks might be deemed a threat to public morality.

Is Bad Gas a threat to public morality?

Now, though, their simple offerings of chickpeas fried in bread crumbs have gone the same way as alcohol, pop music and foreign films -- labeled theologically impure by the country's growing number of Islamic zealots.

In a bizarre example of Iraq's creeping "Talibanization," militants visited falafel vendors a couple of weeks ago, telling them to pack up their stalls by today or be killed.

Oh what a great time to be in Iraq



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