Iraq Govt Reports Surplus of Freedom Imports

On the heels of the previous blog entry, here’s a rundown of the freedoms Iraqis have but are highly regulated or illegal in the U.S.:

Prostitution
“Pleasure marriages were outlawed under Saddam Hussein but have begun to flourish again. The contracts, lasting anywhere from one hour to 10 years, generally stipulate that the man will pay the woman in exchange for sexual intimacy.”

Marijuana
“Patrolling in Iraq a couple of months ago, Army Spec. Carlos Arellano, a reservist and rapper from California, happened upon what he called “this beauty waving in the wind” — a marijuana plant just starting to blossom.”

Fully Automatic Guns
“[T]he Gun Owners of America, which attacks not the Iraqi gun ban but its relative laxity compared to gun-control laws in the United States. GOA states in a June 2 press release that the Bush administration is imposing a “double standard” by allowing Iraqis to own semiautomatic and even automatic weapons whose manufacture is banned in the United States.”

But hey, we waged this war for freedom after all, so let’s not get our panties in a bunch when we realize that in order to export freedom to Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, we might have to run a little bit of a freedom deficit here in America for a decade or so.

» ‘Pleasure marriages’ regain popularity in Iraq [USA Today]
» A Joint Military Maneuver [WaPo]
» NRA Weasel Watch, Day 13 [Slate]
» Post Facto, Shmost Facto [Fafblog!]

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

4 Comments
  1. Your right hand column is pushed all the way down to the bottom of your blog. Seems like there is something wrong with your blog. I can’t see the right hand column until I scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.

    LP.org needs to put the blog on the main page and post all the news articles on the blog and allow reader comments on every news article. I’m sure there would be a lot of comments on the Texas cheerleaders article.

  2. Doug, I’m aware of the problem… unfortunately I’m not going to be able to fix much until Thursday or so since I just moved and there’s no Internet hooked up at the new place yet (damn you Adelphia!)

  3. Georgians! jeez… they are so touchy about their bandwidth!

    That explains where the always connected Stephen VanDyke has gone!!! Adelphia has silenced Stephen with their scheduling mishap…