Originally posted by AceOfBase
The Boston Globe has a story on the new police state in Fallujah:
Under the plans, troops would funnel Fallujans to so-called citizen processing centers on the outskirts of the city to compile a database of their
identities through DNA testing and retina scans. Residents would receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all times.
Buses would ferry them into the city, where cars, the deadliest tool of suicide bombers, would be banned...
...One idea that has stirred debate among Marine officers would require all men to work, for pay, in military-style battalions. Depending on their
skills, they would be assigned jobs in construction, waterworks, or rubble-clearing platoons.
[edit on 5-12-2004 by AceOfBase]
I like the idea of buses instead of cars. Take one more vehicle of destruction away from the terrorists (no pun intended). Plus it could be the
beginning of a model city with less air pollution and traffic congestion. I have to think that parents would welcome the opportunity for their
children to go to school and play in relative safety, instead of being a target for car bombers.
And having the men work is also a good idea. It gives them a stock in their homeland, and less idle time on their hands to get into mischief.
And applying the same restrictions to other cities in Iraq might not be such a bad idea, either. Park all cars outside of town, and use shuttle buses,
sort of like we do at the airports today.
These rules may sound tough but they are necessary to control the violence. Then we can get a start on rebuilding Iraq. Remember the old adage,
"It's hard to remember that your objective is to drain the swamp when you're up to your a$$ in alligators."
The more I think about this idea, the more I like it.
[edit on 5-12-2004 by jsobecky]