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I just can't believe this one.  Apparently the barriers we'd already placed around the Green Zone in Iraq weren't good enough, so now we are building a brand new one even farther out.  Just goes to show how well things are going in Iraq.

The construction, which began Tuesday night, is intended to turn the southern quarter of Sadr City near the international Green Zone into a protected enclave, secured by Iraqi and American forces, where the Iraqi government can undertake reconstruction efforts.

"You can’t really repair anything that is broken until you establish security," said Lt. Col. Dan Barnett, commander of the First Squadron, Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment. "A wall that isolates those who would continue to attack the Iraqi Army and coalition forces can create security conditions that they can go in and rebuild."

Establish security.  Five years in and we are still trying to "establish security" in the most heavily defensed area of the country: the Green Zone.  

And the wall is going to be heavy concrete, not something temporary.  That implies it's gonna be there a hell of a long time, which further implies that we will need it a long time, which further implies that security will not be established in a long time.

Sheesh.

Originally posted to huntsu on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 06:40 AM PDT.

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  •  pickle jar (4+ / 0-)

    looking for those little gherkins today

  •  Just Sad On So Many Different Levels (1+ / 0-)
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    huntsu

    Wall are a bad idea IMO on several different levels. But if they were really needed, shouldn't they have been built, I don't know like 3-4 years ago.

    Also I saw this little story yesterday which blew my mind:

    Iraqis often complain about the problems in their country and the government’s lack of obvious progress in solving them. But as drivers in traffic-clogged Baghdad learned this week, Iraqi officials are taking action in one area: strict enforcement of a seat belt law.

    Later this month, traffic police officers all over Iraq will start issuing tickets to anyone who drives without buckling up. Violators will be fined 15,000 dinars — about $12.50. "It is part of the healing process of this country and of Baghdad to enforce the law, law by law," said Brig. Gen. Zuhair Abada Mraweh, traffic commander for the capital’s Rusafah district.

    The level of disconnect is so obvious I don't even have words for it. Seat freaking belt laws! I have to think on a scale of 1-10 this should be like -100 in what we and the Iraqi police need to be focusing on.

    Let us not forget New Orleans. Visit Project Katrina.

    by webranding on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 06:47:13 AM PDT

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