Christians in Baghdad have had a rough time in the last three years, their churches bombed, and women forced to veil by religious fanatics. Many have fled. So it was rather bizarre to see a Christmas scene, complete with Santa Claus set up on a stage in the neighborhood of Karrada, known for strong Shiite Muslim, as well as a Christian population base. In the audience were senior commanders and a middling official from the Interior Ministery and the National police, beefy guys in camoflage and black berets, along with a smattering of Christian clerics, and an aging but famous national soccer coach who happened to be Christian. On the stage was a masked Santa and kids in Claus dress-up, helped to line up by Muslim ladies in full black abaya who came from the local branch of the Shiite Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. The Prime minister and Interior Minister were scheduled to make a showing but never turned up.