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2006-03-19 Iraq
Thousands of UK firearms in Zarqawi's hands
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Posted by Dan Darling 2006-03-19 00:10|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [287 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 On the positive side, the Iraqi center - the majority - hates both extremes. The Sadrites are the easiest target because they are under central control and insist on wearing visible black uniforms. Frankly, a scorched earth assault on al-Sadr would lead to Sunni moves on al-Qaeda in Iraq, etc. Notwithstanding the concessions made by leveraged Iraqi Parliamentarians to al-Sadr, he is gonzo.
Posted by Listen To Dogs 2006-03-19 02:48||   2006-03-19 02:48|| Front Page Top

#2 "there is no evidence that special checks were put in place to prevent them from reaching insurgents"

And what sort of checks does the Observer have in mind? They don't seem to say, actually. Typical.

"there was a risk that some of the weapons could end up with the 'wrong people' if preventative measures were not introduced"

Vendors covering their asses.

This is typical political BS - and only those who happily swill BS daily would care. The Iraqi police need to be armed. They needed good dependable firepower at least equivalent to that wielded by the bad guys. There is always corruption, of course. Doubly so because this is Arabia. There were no alternatives to doing something precisely like this and the outrage is cowardly politics.

I suggest the UK Pols who are "up in arms" take those arms over to Basra and patrol the streets. Surely they will fare well lecturing the militias. Isn't moral grandstanding more powerful than mere physical weaponry?
Posted by Griper Phulet7709 2006-03-19 06:58||   2006-03-19 06:58|| Front Page Top

#3 Our Arab allies.
Posted by gromgoru 2006-03-19 08:33||   2006-03-19 08:33|| Front Page Top

#4 *YAWN* And how exactly is this important in a country drowning in cheap AK-47 variants?
Posted by Shase Unereng1984 2006-03-19 18:45||   2006-03-19 18:45|| Front Page Top

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