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#1 Posted on 14.5.03 1308.11
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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/14/international/worldspecial/14IRAQ.html

United States military forces in Iraq will have the authority to shoot looters on sight under a tough new security setup that will include hiring more police officers and banning ranking members of the Baath Party from public service, American officials said today.

I'm not going to get into the moral aspect of shooting looters in Iraq one way or another - I just can't help but think this is a very, very bad decision. A large percentage of the Iraqi public already views the American troops as an occupation force - if they turn hostile, things could get very, very ugly, both in Iraq and elsewhere.
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#2 Posted on 14.5.03 1324.09
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The first woman or child looter that they pop is gonna escalate into a riot.

We need to get the hell out of there.
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#3 Posted on 14.5.03 1421.33
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I dont have a link, but I heard a report on the radio this morning that said that the NYtimes story was totally exaggerated.

I am beginning to think people like "an official" and "inside" or "Unnamed sources" are getting to be about as credible as "Many Backstage." Not a single quote in that entire article was credited to a NAMED person.

According to what I heard, they DO have the authority to shoot if the situation demands it (same as domestic police officers!) but they are NOT to shoot to kill.

Aw, hell- we all know the NY Times makes up most of its stories anyway....

And while I agree that we do need to leave Iraq- that time is far from now. If we up and left that country now, choas would result. The Kurds may vie for an independant state, bringing in Turkey. Iran may attempt a power play. Hell- Saddaams old friends may try to resieze power.

Leaving now would be completely irresponsible and wrong. When the new Iraqi government is on its feet and firmly in control, THEN we leave.
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#4 Posted on 14.5.03 1423.08
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    Originally posted by Pool-Boy
    I dont have a link, but I heard a report on the radio this morning that said that the NYtimes story was totally exaggerated.

SHOCK! GASP! From the reputable paper that allowed Jayson Blair on their staff?!?! I am SHOCKED!!!!! (/dripping sarcasm)
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#5 Posted on 14.5.03 1500.20
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We roll into Iraq, chaos rules the day in Bahgdad, the poor museums and hospitals get looted and the leftists pin 100% of the blame on our troops and say we should have done something.

Now, reports come in that say our troops have been given clearance to actually do something about the looting and you lefties say it's a bad idea.

I just don't get it. What the hell do you guys want?
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#6 Posted on 14.5.03 1541.51
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Well, never to have attacked in the first place and created this mess.

But since we're there, how about working with the UN to get more troops and peacekeepers there, so our soldiers aren't overworked, on edge, and likely to shoot anyone they imagine is threatening?

I opposed the war because I oppose violence and oppose killing in all forms. And I completely oppose the idea of killing to stop killing.
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#7 Posted on 14.5.03 2034.16
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    Originally posted by Grimis

      Originally posted by Pool-Boy
      I dont have a link, but I heard a report on the radio this morning that said that the NYtimes story was totally exaggerated.

    SHOCK! GASP! From the reputable paper that allowed Jayson Blair on their staff?!?! I am SHOCKED!!!!! (/dripping sarcasm)

Let's try to refrain, shall we.
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