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.
#3 Posted on 14.5.03 1421.33 Reposted on: 14.5.10 1421.39
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.