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Monday, March 20, 2006

Sand Niggaz 

Mad kudos to columnist George Will (and the subject of his latest column, Tom Ricks, author of Fiasco) for illustrating the ongoing nightmare of Iraq in terms even a diehard Republican can appreciate -- at the most visceral level:
Tom Ricks, the Washington Post's military correspondent, has doubts. He recently returned from his fifth visit to Iraq. In March 2003, he thought the invasion was a strategic mistake in the struggle against terrorism. His assessment of subsequent events is the title of his book, coming in September: "Fiasco." Now, however, he thinks that a U.S. withdrawal would leave chaos that might lead to radical Islamists acquiring what they most want -- Saudi oil fields and Pakistani nuclear weapons. So America, he thinks, needs a plan to reduce fatalities to two or three a week, then two or three a month.

But who, he wonders, will control the likes of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr? Imagine, Ricks says, another cleric, the Rev. Al Sharpton, controlling the Bronx with a militia he can call into the streets at any time. Last Monday, the day the president again celebrated Iraq's progress from tyranny to December's "elections for a fully constitutional government," this was life in Iraq, as reported by the New York Times:

"Shiite vigilantes seized four men suspected of terrorist attacks, interrogated them, beat them, killed them and left their bodies dangling from lampposts. ... In Sadr City, the Shiite slum in Baghdad where the terrorist suspects were executed, government forces have vanished. The streets are ruled by aggressive teenagers with shiny soccer jerseys and machine guns. They set up roadblocks and poke their heads into cars and detain whomever they want .... 'This is our government now,' (a retired teacher) said, nodding toward Sadr's glowering face on television. ..."
Now do you understand the hellish chaos into which Iraq has descended? Suspected terrorists are being detained at roadblocks, snatched from their cars, interrogated without due process, beaten, killed, etc., not by aggressive teenagers with machine guns and U.S. Army uniforms (which is of course perfectly acceptable S.O.P.), but by the Iraqi equivalent of 50 Cent and Allen Iverson -- ghetto kids whose pants probably don't even cover their ass cracks.

The horror ... ! The horror ... ! Say, are they raping the white women yet?

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