What’s all this hoo-haa about the Iraqi PM dropping a few insurgents ?
They said the 58-year-old prime minister “wanted to send a message to his policemen and soldiers not to be scared if they kill anyone especially, they are not to worry about tribal revenge”.
What better way to get some respect than to show your enemies what awaits them if they continue to assassinate ministers and bomb civilians after the US removes it’s troops? As I said at the time the US invaded, the people of Iraq won’t understand US (and Australian) notions of fair play. Since the time of the Hittites (O.K. it may have been the Assyrians, I was never real strong on ancient history) the tribes of this region have been killing each other until only the stong survived. How do you think Saddam got to where he was ? By bribery corruption and removing (with extreme prejudice) anyone who got in his way. Why shouldn’t good old Ilyad do the same ?
A while ago, before he was captured, my wife looked up from reading the weekend paper and asked “What do you reckon they should do if they capture Saddam Hussein?”
I replied “The British forces should take all six impostors, line them up against the wall and shoot them out of hand. After executing all the lookalikes they should round up the whole of SH’s family; brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, nephews etc, ‘unto the biblical seventh generation’, and execute the lot.
Totally raze Tiklit and remove every mention of the dictator and his family. Capture the whole lot on video and send copies to Al-Jazeera with instructions that this fate will befall everyone who threatens terrorism in the future. Only by being thoroughly ruthless is there a reasonable probability they will eliminate the establishment of Saddam as a martyr.”
I remember reading in the Review section of a Friday AFR a while (year?) back (can some one with access to AFR archives help me here ?) about the reasons why todays conflicts seem to go on and on. Take Bosnia, Chechnia, the Horn of Africa, Angola etc. etc. The thesis of the article was that wars came to a halt when one or both side ran out of resources, either human (all the soldiers were killed), financial (they couldn’t pay mercenaries) or material (they lacked bullets and/or guns). In these enlightened(?) times some one (the world sheriff) usually steps in before either of the protagonists is exhausted and thereby allows one or both parties to rebuild resources and carry the conflict on and on, sometimes over generations. Slobadan Milosevic was raving about taking revenge for something that happened in the 12th Century.
I like the pep talk Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins gave the battlegroup of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish “As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory. The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction.”
That’s why I don’t see anything wrong in what Ilyad Allawi is alleged to have done. He is much better equipped to know what must be done to restore law and order in Iraq.