Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

“‘Before 2003, the subject of public taste and choosing what was appropriate was much better than now.'”

The number one guard against tastelessness is a dictator.

This from a Baghdad city official describing the “glory days” of Baghdad city architecture and design that existed under Saddam Hussein. First, it was the sectarian violence and near-civil war that caused some Iraqis to look back fondly on the days when Hussein was still in power. Then, for others, it was the political shenanigans that prevented the formation of a government for the longest time last year. For these people, I have but one thing to say: “Welcome to democracy.”

Now, the New York Times is reporting that the latest travesty that has a few Iraqis regretting the downfall of the butcher/dictator is a rash of poor building decoration spreading throughout the Iraqi capital. My assumption is those whining about the uptick in red, pink, blue, and other loud colors adorning the exterior of buildings in Baghdad have never been to Mexico (or, if they have, had no appreciation for what they saw there).

It’s funny what will make people miss living under the maniacal rule of a mass murderer.

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