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Vad stearinljus betyder

Igår, fjärde advent, njöt vi - som säkert många andra svenskar - vår middag i det varma, vänliga skenet från många stearinljus. Många barn runt bordet - Sara hade två kompisar på besök.

Idag läste jag den kvinnligga bloggaren Riverbend från Bagdad:
"We've been using candles most of the time instead of kerosene lamps because the kerosene man hasn't been coming around these last few days and we need the kerosene for the heaters. The kids really hate the candles. The other day, the electricity suddenly flashed on at 8 pm after a 6-hour blackout. We were exalted. Everyone jumped for the television at once and a chorus of voices called out, 'News! The movie! A song! Cartoons!' After flipping the channels, we settled for a movie.

We sat watching until one of the scenes faded into a darkened room. The camera focused on the couple sitting at a round table, gazing into each others eyes and smiling fondly across two elegant candles. It was a cozy, romantic candle-light dinner. I think the whole family was lost in the scene when suddenly, my cousin's youngest daughter spoke up, impatiently, 'They have no electricity! They're using the candles…'

It took me about 15 minutes to try to explain to her that they had electricity but actually chose to sit in the dark because it was more 'romantic'. The difficulty of explaining romance to a 7-year-old is nothing compared to the difficulty of explaining the 'romance' of a darkened room and candles- especially if the 7-year-old has associated candles to explosions and blackouts her whole life."
Läs hela Questions and Fears... En insikts-givande post om oron för utvecklingen i Irak:
"The thing that seems to be triggering a lot of antagonism on all sides is the counterinsurgency militia being cultivated by the CPA and GC which will include Chalabi's thugs, SCIRI extremists and some Kurdish Bayshmarga.

The popular and incorrect belief seems to be that if you are a Kurd or Shi'a, this step is a positive one. Actually, the majority of moderate Kurds and Shi'a are just as exasperated as Sunnis about this new group of soldiers/spies that is going to be let loose on the population."

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