posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 05:13 PM
Is it possible this was an operation by the scorpions
, or a similar group, to spur Russia to
accept the coalition position?
Most will agree that there's no evidence to support that claim - let's face it, when you're in a warzone, a car-full of masked gunmen could be
anyone. They could be Iraqi police moonlighting, they could be US-trained paramilitaries flexing their muscles against a reticent Russia, they could
be Sunni extremists trying to make a point about sovereignty, they could have been Shiite militia-men 'protesting' the Russians' support of the
Nobody, at this point.
That's what makes the whole situation so unstable, in my mind. The fact that any four guys can don masks and grab guns and go to town, shooting and
kidnapping and killing, with relative impunity, well it's bad news. How does one investigate in that environment?
Edit: It just occurred to me, they must have been mad to be riding around in a car without bulletproofing. There's no reason to ride in a normal car
in Iraq, way too dangerous (especially for diplomats). They should have armored Mercedes, blast-wrapped and bullet-proofed, with flamethrowers
mounted on the undercarriage for emergencies.
Right? It's not so expensive, a couple hundred thousand will get you a nice, safe ride to work. Isn't it worth that, and more, to retain and
protect valuable consular employees?
[edit on 3-6-2006 by WyrdeOne]