[Marxism] After Fallujah -- another rough beast slouches towards Baghdad

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu May 26 09:10:31 MDT 2005

 From the outset, the propaganda is on the defensive, protesting that 
"good relations" will be built and that "Heh! we arrested someone for 
abuse. See we care!"

The prisons, and additional judges [judge not, lest ye be judged] are 
ready and waiting ... and so are the guards. After all, as President 
Bush said, we can do anything in defense of our system.

At Fallujah, they detained all young men from 14 through 55. Well, 
actually they killed as many as they could. Hopefully it will be more 
selective here. Of course, some 12-year-olds look 14 and some 
60-year-olds may look 50, although after the U.S./U.K. sanctions it is 
more likely that 14-year-olds look 10 and 55-year-olds look 70.

How successful will this operation be? The population of Baghdad is 1/4 
to 1/5 smaller than that of New York City. NYC has 40,000 cops with an 
experienced leadership. Prediction: any success will be temporary and 
some of these governmental forces will be decimated.

Brian Shannon

May 26, 2005
Iraqi Leaders Announce Major Effort to Curb Insurgents

BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 26 - The new Iraqi government announced sweeping 
measures today to clamp down on insurgents in Baghdad and the rest of 
the country, saying it would deploy 40,000 Iraqi troops in the capital 
over the next week.

In the operation, soldiers and security forces will set up 600 
checkpoints around Baghdad, some of them mobile, and will check the 
identification of Iraqis in neighborhoods and hotels.

The announcement came on a day that saw at least nine more people 
killed in a suicide bombing and shootings in the capital.

The operation, which will divide Baghdad into seven areas, will also 
include raids on suspected insurgent hideouts.

"There is no timeline - the timeline is to defeat terrorists," Defense 
Minister Sadoun al-Dulaimi said at a news conference with the interior 
minister, Bayan Jabor.

"There is no place for terrorists in this country," Mr. Dulaimi said.

In a brief reference to the most wanted militant in Iraq, Abu Musab 
al-Zarqawi, the ministers said they had information that he had been 
injured, but offered no other details. Their comment followed similar 
information posted on an Islamic Web site on Wednesday.

Mr. Dulaimi said that a blockade will be imposed around the capital, 
"like a bracelet around an arm, God willing," adding, "No one will be 
able to penetrate this blockade."

The operation will continue in the rest of the country for several 
weeks, the ministers said.

The ministers also cautioned that any arrests would be well-planned and 
not reckless.

Iraq will not "achieve security at the expense of human dignity," Mr. 
Dulaimi said, adding that the government wished "to build good 
relations with people."

The Iraqi Army has sometimes been criticized as being heavy-handed in 
its arrests. In a response, the ministers said today that one of the 
police chiefs in a major crime unit had recently been expelled for 
abusing detainees.

Mr. Dulaimi, who is from the city of Ramadi in the troubled Anbar 
Province, said that troops had been working hard to maintain security 
recently, saying that more than 150 car bombs had been defused and that 
578 people who they identified as terrorists had been detained, 
including foreign fighters.

"The goal is not to secure the government, but to secure the people," 
Mr. Dulaimi said.

The minister of the interior said that anyone detained would have "a 
just and a fair trial." He said additional judges had been brought in 
to be ready to process detainees.


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