1 April 2006

IBagdad Uncertainty...

Iraq Diaries: Uncertainty...: "The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area.'

That's how messed up the country is at this point.

We switched to another channel, the 'Baghdad' channel (allied with Muhsin Abdul Hameed and his group) and they had the same news item, but instead of the general 'coalition forces' they had 'American coalition forces'. We checked two other channels. Iraqiya (pro-Da'awa) didn't mention it and Forat (pro-SCIRI) also didn't have it on their news ticker.

We discussed it today as it was repeated on another channel.

'So what does it mean?' My cousin's wife asked as we sat gathered at lunch.

'It means if they come at night and want to raid the house, we don't have to let them in.' I answered.

'They're not exactly asking your permission,' E. pointed out. 'They break the door down and take people away- or have you forgotten?'

'Well according to the Ministry of Defense, we can shoot at them, right? It's trespassing-they can be considered burglars or abductors...' I replied.

The cousin shook his head, 'If your family is inside the house- you're not going to shoot at them. They come in groups, remember? They come armed and in large groups- shooting at them or resisting them would endanger people inside of the house.'

'Besides that, when they first attack, how can you be sure they DON'T have Americans with them?' E. asked.

We sat drinking tea, mulling over the possibilities. It confirmed what has been obvious to Iraqis since the beginning- the Iraqi security forces are actually militias allied to religious and political parties.

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