When I left on Feb. 2, Iraqis observed their own weekend: half a day off on Thursday and off on Friday, the Islamic holy day. Since I’ve returned, the Allawi government has proposed Friday and Saturday as the days off… Which has prompted charges of a Jewish plot against Iraqis.
BAGHDAD â€” Yesterday was an uneventful arrival day, spent meeting with the staff, saying hello and enjoying the labors of our new chef (who can make a mean lasagna, oddly enough)â€”until the insurgents mortared us.
Juan Cole has an excellent summary of the background on Lebanon with this column. I sometimes take issue with his take in Iraq — more from his tone than anything else, really — but Juan knows his stuff on Lebanon having lived there through some of the 1975-1990 civil war(s).
NEW YORKâ€”I can’t tell you how much it kills me to be on vacation right now, with Lebanon going the way it is, but it’s thrilling to watch. I don’t have anything constructive to add except mabrouk to the Lebanese people and please keep on doing what you’re doing.