August 10, 2003


US troops in Iraq have suffered 54 fatalities since May 1. Over the last six months almost as many residents of Lahore, Pakistan, have died of kite-related injuries:

Last month, Mian Aamer Mahmood, the head of the city council, ordered a three-month ban on kite flying. Illegal kite flyers, he warned, faced prosecution. The skies above the city's large parks have been empty ever since.

City officials say at least 45 people have died of kite-related injuries in the past six months.


Posted by Tim Blair at August 10, 2003 02:48 AM

Surely attempting to ban the kites is futile, and will only escalate the cycle of violence?

Posted by: Clem Snide at August 10, 2003 at 03:44 AM

Tim, that's a typical right-wing trick, comparing a three month period to a six month period. The fact of the matter is that Iraqi guerrillas are nearly twice as deadly as Pakistani kites. Quagmire!

Posted by: scott h. is sarcastic at August 10, 2003 at 04:14 AM

Imagine the nightmare of Iraqi guerrilas EQUIPPED with Pakistani kites!

Posted by: tim at August 10, 2003 at 04:39 AM

What is truly disgusting is that the American military, under the guise of "humanitarianism," has been handing out kites to the children of Iraq. But of course we've seen this before...

Posted by: Robert Fisk at August 10, 2003 at 04:46 AM

These kites are a symbol of the hatred and fury of this filthy war.

Posted by: Robert Fisk at August 10, 2003 at 06:35 AM

Belgians United, Gainsaying Grusome Extreme Recreation lodged a protest with the Pentagon today after SSgt Michael Finney, of Beloit, Wisconsin, reportedly told three Iraqi children to "Go Fly a Kite!" when they continued to pester him and his squadmates for money.

"Although 'go fly a kite' may be an amusing American term which traditionally means to leave the speaker alone," BUGGER chief executive Denise Renee Lardan said, "Here in the Muslim world, the history of dangerous kite-flying youths means that such a term, could be taken incorrectly by the children and might encourage them to take up a dangerous past-time when the one thing Iraqi children have -- with no schools, books, or even oxygen provided by the government -- is too much time."

"We suggest that American troops stick to more traditional, and less easily misunderstood, phrases such as "Piss off" "Screw yourself" or "Touch that again and I'll blow your head off"."

Posted by: Andrew at August 10, 2003 at 07:57 AM

Hey, give the Arab insurgents some props - in four months they've managed to kill slightly over half as many Americans as third-rate hair-metal band Great White managed in one concert.

Posted by: Dave S. at August 10, 2003 at 11:06 AM

My biggest concern is that kites will be so much easier to conceal under the burqua.

Posted by: The at August 10, 2003 at 11:30 AM


Posted by: Samkit at August 10, 2003 at 07:04 PM