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the death star has been destroyed

I've been updating this post at Command Post all morning, as links and updates come in. I've got a few quotes from Iraqi bloggers, but this is my favorite, from Baghdaddy:

The celebratory fire, and the smiles on everyones faces is reminisent of the victory scene at the end of Return of The Jedi, when the Death Star was destroyed signifying the end of the Empire. The scene here in Baghdad is truly one worthy of a John Williams soundtrack! My mood is one of joy, thankfulness, and brotherhood with the Iraqi people (for whom we have laboured long to free of this tyrant and his cohorts). GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS IRAQ!

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Great. A whole bunch of short, furry Ewokis.

I can only imagine what it must feel like for the Iraqis. Thank god they caught him....something good needed to come out of this. badly.
and just in time.
now may they begin a new life!

My only worry is where all those "happy fire" rounds are going to come down....Eeeeek

Does this mean they're singing "Yub Nub" in the streets of Baghdad?

Well, statistically, the happy fire coming back down is unlikely to hit anyone.

Well, statistically, the happy fire coming back down is unlikely to hit anyone.

Unless you are at a KKK rally, but then again, that may have been karma.

Bill McCabe,

Well, statistically, the happy fire coming back down is unlikely to hit anyone.

Yes, but if it should happen to do so, someone will probably be dead. And remember that just a day or two ago an Iraqi firing out of a moving car, and shot by US troops who assumed (reasonably) that he was trying to kill them, was alleged to be celebrating his wedding by shooting into the air. (And remember the Afghan wedding party annihilated for the same reason.)

Look, this is just a stupid tradition, and I wish it would stop. It's not some Third World eccentricity either; you do not want to be in parts of, e.g., Oakland, CA at midnight on New Year's Eve. One year the cops found nearly 300 casings on a single block the next morning. (I was living about eight blocks away from the place in question at the time. Nor was it cheering you hear someone rapidly fire off a 40-round clip all at once that night, a few blocks away by the sound.) Does no one understand that the bullets are going to come down with an appreciable fraction of the speed they went up? Sheesh.

. . . "cheering to hear" . . . sorry.