Next week President Obama will give a speech marking the official end of combat operations in Iraq, but, according to ABC News, he'll stress that America's mission there is not yet "accomplished." But if the ability of Iraqi porn peddlers to sell their wares out in the open is any indication of the relative liberty and security the country has finally achieved, then perhaps America's job is, at last, finally complete.
The porn, in an odd way, has told the story of Iraq's security and political situation since Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003. It emerged in the anything-goes atmosphere that erupted in the vacuum immediately following the U.S. invasion then went back into hiding amid the anarchy when armed militias roamed the capital through 2008, targeting those they saw as immoral.
Its reemergence since then reflects how security has improved but also how the fragile government is busy with more pressing issues than spicy videos
Some of the porn being sold in the streets is hard-core. Some is just vaguely hot.
Now, he carries movies that promise, more than deliver, steamy scenes and glimpses of flesh largely soft-core, with nudity but nothing to warrant an X rating. Among them, "Bare Witness," a straight-to-video erotic thriller starring Daniel Baldwin, the least known of the four Baldwin brothers, and Demi Moore's "Striptease." Each DVD, which includes several movies, costs 1,500 dinars ($1.20).
Either way, it's clear that an American presence is no longer needed to maintain stability in Iraq. Now that Iraqis have become accustomed to a life wherein soft-core erotica starring the least successful Baldwin brother is readily accessible, they will simply not allow it to slip away.
Porn offers window into Iraq's chaotic politics [AP via Google]