posted on Feb, 19 2006 @ 01:21 PM
I understand your distrust of US forces in Iraq, but I don't think this is a case of the MNF saying "we're not the only ones".
I've worked closely with what were called "Iraqi Special Police Commados" in Al-Anbar. Most of them were Shi'ites operating in a Sunni area. On
house raids we paired up one American with one Iraqi to ensure that the Iraqis didn't steal anything. I've been on cordon- and- knocks where the
"Commandos" would head straight for the home kitchen and help theselves to whatever was in the refrigerator. The Iraqi BN commander recognized that
he only had raw undisciplined recruits to work with, but he had to attempt to accomplish his mission anyway.
It's probably the same with the Interior Ministry. They're desperate for recruits and can't pick and chose who they get. I'm certain that the
Interior Ministry was not surprised at the existence of this death squad; background checks are negligible in a country with no computerized records.
I'd venture to say that the Interior Ministry relies on the US to internally investigate and apprehend these rogue elements that the Ministry cannot;
if the Ministry conducted its own house-cleaning it'd lose a substantial portion of its forces.
Most Europeans are quick to deny any evidence of humanity in the US government. If Bill Clinton bombs Serbia, its obviously an attempt to distract
everyone from Monica Lewinsky (at least the movie says so). If America attacks Iraq, it's clearly for oil (so the conspiracy buffs say). Therefore
if Americans apprehend Iraqis committing atrocities, obviously we're trying to hide our own crimes, right?
Not at all. We've assumed stewardship of Iraq and are trying to cultivate the institutions of law and order. Just as dirty cops in New York are
rooted out, so are bad cops in Iraq.