…gets taken up in Sulaimaniyeh. During the Afghan campaign, when the media nellies were cowering in terror before the impending “brutal Afghan winter” (now almost six years behind schedule), I wrote:
There wouldn’t be an America at all if the first settlers had heeded Ye Olde Oxfam warnings about the brutal New England winter. The other day an internet wag, Glenn Crawford, deftly summed up the different cultural approaches to unpromising climate, in this instance between the Afghan plain and Nevada.
Third World solution: eke a living out of the desert. American solution: “Viva Las Vegas!”
Well, in northern Iraq the Kurds have decided to take Glenn Crawford’s advice.
Next stop: Baghdad. Convert Saddam’s palace into Caesar’s Palace and book Wayne Newton.
(via Nancy Reyes)