Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Iraqis strip everything from Brit base and Iraqi cops are on a bullet allowance
Oh yeah... Iraq is NOTHING like Vietnam, huh?: "Iraqi police reported that locals looted a military base vacated by Brit troops and stripped it of virtually everything removable on Friday, an indication of possible future trouble for US & coalition forces hoping to hand over security gradually to the Iraqi govt. Men, some w/their faces covered, ripped corrugated metal from roofs, carried off metal pipes and backed trucks into building entrances to load them with wooden planks. Many also took away doors and window frames from Camp Abu Naji." Hmm... sound like what happened in Saigon when US troops fled? Oh well... do you think Rummy will dismiss all this away w/this theory?: "Stuff happens. Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. While no one condones looting, on the other hand one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from....repression and people who've had members of their family killed by that regime, for them to be taking their feelings out on that regime.".... Think so Rummy? Do ya think for 1 second that they might be showing us how they really feel about us and our utter disregard for their people, culture, religion, and nation? And how in the hell can this possibility be explained: "Operation Together Forward is designed to show Iraqis that their local forces are taking charge. But police commandos stationed between 2 rebel strongholds seemed in little mood to fight insurgents who have killed 1000s of their comrades. "We have good training from the Americans. But we are often attacked. The terrorists fire mortars or shoot at us," said Ali Abdul Ghani, pointing to rows of houses opposite his sandbagged checkpt and which provide cover for the guerrillas. "This morning they fired on us during a patrol and I shot back. Now I have to pay for some bullets because I fired too many. It's an Interior Ministry rule. I just want to go back to my hometown," he complained." So in addition to all of the other plethora of massive problems facing Iraqis, now their police are on a bullet ration? And if they exceed the alotted bullet allowance, they have to pay to replace those "wasted" bullets? Oh yeah... nothing spells security like a bullet allowance in the middle of a war against a force as deadly as say a powerful cleric and his Shiia militia, no?