Agreed. And the red on their faces is not blood, but is red paint symbolic of mo's grandson's sacrafice, I think?
No, that's real blood alright
It's real blood. A lot of them slit their foreheads because it's a good bloodletting spot and the blood runs down their faces and onto their chests. They also beat their backs with the self-flagellating device. Sick, huh?
It's to atone for the Shiite murder of some prophet related to Mohammad, I believe. I can check that when I talk to the Iraqis tomorrow.