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Drink Up

Via Glenn Reynolds [1], one learns that Iraqis are slowly recovering a freedom that they enjoyed [2] under Saddam Hussein:

Saif, who asked that his last name not be used to protect his safety, represents an unusual resurgence. Iraq is a deeply Muslim nation that allows its citizens the right to consume alcohol. During the era of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, drinking was common. After the U.S.-led invasion, however, violence and Islamic extremists forced most liquor shops to close for a while.

Perhaps after another five years of occupation Saif will feel comfortable using his last name in news reports.

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