The AP reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered a halt to the building of a wall around part of Baghdad. It concludes:
Yeah, and the moon is made of green cheese. Now where's the wall everyone is talking about in Iraq's neighborhood? Oh yeah, the Israeli apartheid wall.
He did not elaborate but added "this wall reminds us of other walls," in an apparent reference to the wall that divided the German city of Berlin during the Cold War.
I had a similar reaction when the great 1960s film "Battle of Algiers" was rereleased a couple of years ago in a new print. The reviewers were at great pains to hint that it was still a relevant film, what with everything going on in Iraq, never mentioning the country it most resembled, also starting with an "I," with its European colonials and Arabic inhabitants.
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