Already Wet

Found this story, “Steel nerves keep Saddam in power”, by Barbara Demick. Toronto Star, November 15, 1998, p. A3, concerning the threat of commencement of additional bombing on Iraq. Mentioning in story how Iraq has been subject to sanctions since the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Observation that everything is calm in Baghdad, despite the threat. Impressions:

Maybe you’s see a few people stocking up on baby formula, but in general people aren’t scared or worried. We’re used to this,” said Ali Abdul Sattar, 30, who works at a popular grocery store in the middle class neighbourhood of Mansour. “Most people think there won’t be any air strikes and even if so, what are we supposed to do about it?”

Another explanation offered by Bassem Nasser, a 45 year-old bookseller, was that Iraqis have suffered so much they would barely notice another bombing attack.

“We have a proverb in Iraq that says that a man who is already wet is not afraid of the rain,” said Nasser.

Twenty-five years from 1990, seventeen years from 1998…


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