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Catfish and Cod
Friday, August 29, 2003
While I'm on the topic of Iraq...
(Link path: Where is Raed?)

This is how an anti-Baathist raid looks like to the other side.

Now, I'm not going to call for an end to the raids -- there is scum out there, and it must be wiped out. What I do say is that we should be giving positive services to the innocent Iraqis that we raid without reason. Iraq has no probable cause right now; no Fourth Amendment; and little grievance system for wrongful searches. Iraqis feel helpless under an occupation force that can disrupt their lives at any time. Is this the image we want to leave them with?

We need more Civil Affairs people, to listen to grievances, publicly punish law-breakers like whatever scum stole Papa Pax's Johnny Walker (alcohol, I presume), and give some positive cash or services or something to make up for the disruption we've caused. This isn't justified by altruism; it's PR, and absolutely necessary if we're not to leave long-standing smouldering distaste in our wake. The Iraqis revolted against the British just two years after they welcomed them as liberators. We must learn from their experience, for we do not want to suffer the same fate.

Maybe we can spend some of the money we'll save by firing Halliburton on these tasks...