An unhappy Valentine’s Day in Baghdad.

“Inflation may have driven up the price of a bunch of red roses to $30 dollars in Baghdad, but it’s the failure of Operation Strike Fear — the city’s obligatory marketplace bombings have already claimed about 100 lives this week — that is really dampening the spirit of Valentine’s Day for Baghdad residents.” The owner of one Baghdad boutique noted, “Even last year customers would brave the streets. Now they are not coming out.”