Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Perspective: Collective fatigue grips Iraq’s divided capital In Baghdad

A woman leads her children past U.S. army soldiers today in western Baghdad's Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliyah.

BAGHDAD, Iraq Meshajjar Street once was known as the street of trees. The trees are only memories now.

Just like the practice of Sunni and Shiite Muslims mixing and intermarrying. That practice, too, is gone, along with any sense of safety for much of a city that once had nearly 6 million residents.

Today, Shiite bus drivers stop at the beginning of Meshajjar Street, where a Sunni mosque marks an invisible but deadly border of the Sunni district of Ghazaliyah. For the rest of their journey, passengers get off and then board a bus driven by a Sunni.

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