September 18, 2006
The Great Big Bush Book Burn

From the Washington Post:

Naim al-Shatri, a bookseller on Baghdad’s Mutanabi Street since 1963, said the violence plaguing the city “means the death of education, the death of the history of the street, the death of the culture of Baghdad.”

Two Fridays ago, Shatri took action. He and other members of his writers union gathered in front of his shop. They sipped breakfast tea. Then, at around 9:30 a.m., they poured kerosene over a pile of books and set them aflame.

“I cried when I was burning the books,” Shatri said.

“It’s a message to the government,” said Nakshabandi, who also took part. “It’s an S.O.S. Help us. An important part of Baghdad is dying. And it is on its last breath.”



Posted by Buck Batard at September 18, 2006 11:04 AM
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No, not books! Couldn't they burn, say, the doors? Or maybe small appliances, which aren't worth anything with no electricity?

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on September 18, 2006 10:36 PM

To make you feel better, I'll conjecture that they had a whole load of Barbara Bush authored books that were perfect for the occasion. These seem to show up at library sales for a quarter these days with increasing frequency as the anecdotal evidence found on this blog in the recent past indicates.

Posted by: Buck on September 20, 2006 6:46 AM

Burnt books!! That makes me want to cry. But maybe they'll say it was collatoral damage. To get the message across, something has to go.

Posted by: Saaleha on September 22, 2006 10:37 AM
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