Friday, January 11, 2008
Let it Snow.... in Baghdad

There’s little which can surprise the people of Baghdad these days but when a light scattering of snow fell this morning, even our burliest security men looked a little taken aback.


Some of our local staff thinks some snow may have fallen in 1969 but some reports are saying that it’s been closer to one hundred years since the city has seen its last snowfall.


To most of us, we possibly wouldn’t even consider what fell to be actual snow, more of a sleety rain but the locals remain entranced. One of our staff was stopped by at a local checkpoint this morning on the way to work. Fearing an interrogation from the Iraqi Security Force he rolled down his window. The only question that was posed to him was ‘Hey! Do you think we’re in Russia?’ before he was waved on his way.


However, on walking through the Green Zone this morning, it seems not everybody was enjoying the unusual weather. Peruvian soldiers looked less than amused as they stood on guard in the freezing temperatures.


Nevertheless, upon entering the Baghdad newsroom this morning, it was good that the topic of conversation revolved around something much better than the latest attacks or security scares. Staff showed each other their pictures of the falling snow on their mobiles and argued over when the last time such a sight was seen in this violent city.

--From CNN Producer Carol Jordan, CNN Baghdad
What a wonderful story!
I can't decide what part of this story is more uplifting- the rarity and peaceful thoughts of a rare "snowfall" in Baghdad, or, Cnn not ending the story with something negative and unrelated as it usually does.
I can't decide what part of this story is more uplifting- the rarity and peaceful thoughts of a rare "snowfall" in Baghdad, or, Cnn not ending the story with something negative and unrelated as it usually does.
Let it snow in Bagdad. It is a sign from the Almighty God who makes no distinction between man and man. The American soldiers who have left America, a land of snow are no doubt missing their country as they sojourn in another land fighting war of terror. No doubt, The Lord God Almighty is using this snow in Bagdad to console and bring them a tremdous courage. They miss seeing snow and their loved ones in America. With snow in Badgdad, The Lord is in a way telling them wherever they are in the world, He is with them because He the Almighty God is everywhere.
Let it continue to snow in Bagdad. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon Bagdad and may His Spirit bring Irag and the people of Iraq unto Him. Amen.
We skiers in Colorado are mightily encouraged by this promising meteorological development in Baghdad. Also, we expect ski industry employment to expand as Halliburton seeks trail designers, lift operators and ticket checkers. I'd like to see some video of this morning's snow showers--or have I just not looked hard enough yet? Seriously, insofar as snow does have a transformative effect, if it lightened Iraqi's hearts a bit, then alhamdu-li'la.
My son is in Iraq with the Kentucky National Guard. I was talking to him around 11:30 pm our time last. All the sudden he yelled"mom its snowing"!! He and his fellow troops sounded like school kids. Something we take for granted here at home brought joy to those far from home.
Tina Creekmore
Whitley City, Ky. 42653
Finally...one aspect of the human experience that can be shared and enjoyed by all in this sad situation in Iraq.
I guess one could say its an event not to go unoticed...and I think its a wonderful thing to see snow in places where there hasnt been any, however its also sad that something as simple as a few snow flakes warrants so much attention...it just goes to show how depressed and devastated Baghdad is and how by now the society that once was booming should be on its way back to some sort of normalcy. The US has done a great diservice to that country, no matter what we hear in the news about we are taking out terrorists and destroying the one-man rule system.

Kraig Rasool
Fort Washington Md
It boggles the mind...all the American Military really needed all these years was a few snow canons to install peace!
carol,
this is i think by far the best blog on Iraq .... its very normal for me think this .... whenever we talk about Iraq first thing we ask is what is the toll today ... any article any news item which comes from iraq says only about the death toll and the turmoil of the country...
you said everybody was enjoying the unusual weather and topic in the news room was about the weather and not even the selection of the president candidate is worth reading ..

cheers for the good weather may this bring some change even in the minds of the people

sudheer
carol,
this is i think by far the best blog on Iraq .... its very normal for me think this .... whenever we talk about Iraq first thing we ask is what is the toll today ... any article any news item which comes from iraq says only about the death toll and the turmoil of the country...
you said everybody was enjoying the unusual weather and topic in the news room was about the weather and not even the selection of the president candidate is worth reading ..

cheers for the good weather may this bring some change even in the minds of the people

sudheer
Snow might be a good sign for the Democrats since I hear 'It will be a cold day in Baghdag before we elect a black president' Go Obama !!!!!
God, You ARE something else. You drive tegh point home for man, that it is the simple things that make us most happy and they are FREE. Stop fighting an denjoy what he has blessed us with.....
Sunetra
Im in Camp Taji, Iraq. On A little vacation for uncle sam from Texas. First snow ive ever seen and it was in Iraq imagine that **Cheers** ;)
This confirms what I've been saying for years. It's not religion or race that causes all the conflict in the Middle East, it's the hot climate! Case in point, you don't see religous conflicts in Finland, Norway or Canada.
Let is snow, let it snow.
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