Baghdad's Walls

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SADDAM WILL RETURN! someone scrawled on a Baghdad wall. Underneath, someone else answered, THROUGH MY ASS! Slate's Wendell Steavenson reports that Baghdad's walls are covered with argumentative graffiti, not all of it predictable. Who would have expected, DOWN WITH AHMAD CHALABI, MAN OF CATS! Or for that matter, to see it proclaimed that IRAQ IS THE MUSTACHE OF EVERY HONORABLE MAN?

Steavenson provides lots more.

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  1. I blame the neocons.

  2. 0.2% of Iraqis name AC as the pol they trust the most; 10.3% name him the least trustworthy.

    In any case, and I realize this would fall on the deaf ears of dumb people, but it’d be nice if instead of paperback potboilers we distributed Basic English books.

  3. Some of my personal favorites are:

    “CHALABI’S SHOE IS A CROWN FOR THE MALE PROSTITUTE OF JORDAN AND ALL THE OTHER ARAB TRAITORS!”

    I’m not sure whether this is an insult to Mr. Chalabi or a bit of praise for Mr. Chalabi, but boy, the author sure is pissed off at Jordan!

    “SADDAM HATED TEACHERS AND SCIENCE AND BOOKS AND SCHOOL BECAUSE HE WAS ILLITERATE AND IGNORANT AND DID NOT HAVE KNOWLEDGE OR A CERTIFICATE”

    I’m glad I live in a country where the leader has one of the two.

    “WOE FOR THE WINE SELLERS AND THE VENDORS OF NUDISM AND LIBERTINISM”

    Colin Powell was just over there; maybe he’s trying to warn us about his son. Has anyone checked Colin Powell’s hands for signs of paint?

    “MUQTADA: EITHER SPEAK USEFULLY OR BE ENTIRELY SILENT!”

    Sounds like the familiar Clemens quote, “If is far better to remain silent and be thought a fool than…”

  4. Man, I’m starting to think the entire world has better political graffiti than the US. About the best thing I’ve seen around here is the occasional “BUSH = HITLER” or “BUSH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 9-11”. (Plus about a million of “STOP BUSH” written so it looks like “ST.P BUSH”, obviously all the same guy.) Forget voter apathy, even our taggers are apathetic.

  5. I spent some time in Bosnia a couple years ago and remember seeing some really funny graffiti along the lines of “GOLF IS A STUPID CAR” and “DON’T BE A STUPID GOLF DRIVER.” Ahh, youth!

  6. I spent some time in Bosnia a couple years ago and remember seeing some really funny graffiti along the lines of “GOLF IS A STUPID CAR” and “DON’T BE A STUPID GOLF DRIVER.” Ahh, youth!

  7. Crap, there’s a first time for everything. Let’s hope this doesn’t double, too.

  8. Too true JD. All the creative graffiti is now on the comment pages of blogs. Can’t you imagine a young Lonewacko tagging: “CLOSE THE BORDER! MEXICANS WANT TO RULE THE SOUTHWEST AGAIN”

    I’m surprised this one didn’t get mad props here:

    THE NEW FINANCE MINISTER IS A THIEF LIKE A BAATHIST. WHERE DID 25 PERCENT OF OUR SALARIES GO, YOU THIEF?

    Iraqi libertarians! Time for Reason to print in Arabic and an associated blog.

    FYI, in Arabic, a pimp is a big insult, akin to calling a woman a whore. It’s not like English where it’s cool to be a pimp.

  9. i dunno if anyone does cool graffitti anymore, though i saw some excellent stuff in dublin a few weeks ago – “burnt toast causes cancer – if you are found in possession of a toaster, you will be shot on sight”

    the stop bush ones with the swastika replacing the s in bush are starting to get *really* tired in brooklyn.

  10. Those folks in the Fertile Crescent come up with the best insults.

  11. Mo: How’s this for creativity? I found it on a comment board over at Atrios. Of course, I have no idea what it’s supposed to mean….
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    Bushliar’s brain hasn’t been worth shit since Karl Roveliar killed the nigger who did his thinking for him.

    Racist Karl Roveliar killed Bushliar’s brain, just to see the black boy die. So Bushliar had Henry Kissingerliar makee him a nucular brainhole. A farting nuclear brainhole at that.

    “Sand-Niggers never knew what hit them, Dick.” (real conversation overheard while Cheneyliar was stuffing forty feet of enema tubing up Bushliar’s …

    [the remainder of this blogposting has been censored by the Eugenics police. Forget you read it, or else.]
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  12. DOWN WITH AHMAD CHALABI, MAN OF CATS!

    reminds me inescapably of

    YOUR MOTHER WAS A HAMSTER AND YOUR FATHER SMELT OF ELDERBERRIES!

    OK, OK, I’m going…

  13. Man of Cats ???. is this something that loses its zing in English I mean how would you translate in Arabic William Goldsmiths book ‘Lord of the Flies’
    Could man of cats be a sort of 9 lives type of jibe or a reference to an ‘old lady’ who keeps cats

  14. “BUSH THE FATHER LIBERATED KUWAIT. BUSH THE SON LIBERATED IRAQ, THEN SYRIA, THEN IRAN. BUSH THE GRANDSON WILL LIBERATE THE WHOLE WORLD!”

    This might have to be updated when Jenna is elected in 2020.

  15. Written in the newspaper:
    Sheik Ahmed Yassin is gone a la Sharon
    and Abdel Aziz Rantisi and Khaled Meshal
    have seized top positions.

    written on the Israeli side of that wall:
    Sharon was seen looking at pictures of the two,
    pointing his finger, saying Enny Minnie Mighty Moe.

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