Wednesday, March 19, 2003

A couple of hours earlier we were at a shop and a woman said as she was leaving, and this is a very common sentence, "we'll see you tomorrow if god keeps us alive" -- itha allah khalana taibeen -- and the whole place just freezes. She laughed nervously and said she didn't mean that, and we all laughed but these things start having a meaning beyond being figures of speech.

-- Salam Pax, writing today from Baghdad.

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