Iraqi Holidays


As its first act today, the Council abolished six national holidays that had been celebrated under Mr. Hussein’s 24-year rule and created a new national day.

Two of the banned holidays were fast approaching, adding to the urgency of forming a government, Iraqis said. Monday, July 14, is the anniversary of the 1958 overthrow of the monarchy, and July 17 is the anniversary of the 1968 coup that brought Mr. Hussein’s Baath Party to power.

In their place, the Council declared April 9, the day that Baghdad fell to allied forces as Mr. Hussein went into hiding, the national day of a new Iraqi state.

Is it wise to abolish the holiday celebrating the fall of the British monarchy?

Shouldn’t the U.S.-led coalition forces prove themselves to be ‘liberators’ before declaring a national holiday celebrating the occupation?