Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why aren't police recruits better protected?

'The attacks on the police job seekers was not unprecedented: an attack on a similar police-recruiting center in Baghdad last year left more than 60 dead [there were many more similar attacks in previous years] and was seen as a message from al-Qaeda to strike fear among potential security troops and prey on those eager to find jobs amid Iraq's nearly 35% unemployment rate.

Why, then, aren't such lines of job seekers better protected? Politicians blame al-Maliki. "We are sorry for the victims, but this was not unexpected. There has already been a slaughter here and a slaughter there. This is just the latest in a series of security breakdowns that need to be dealt with," says Dr. Mahmoud Othman, a veteran Kurdish lawmaker and former member of the Governing Council. "None of the security ministries have been appointed — Interior, Defense or Security. At the moment it's all in the hands of Maliki." Adds Othman: "We need the whole security policy to be revised, and this needs to be the absolute priority right now." '

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2043006,00.html#ixzz1BQlMciQ3


Don Cox said...

Why are recruits still lining up at all? These massacres have been going on for seven years.

What's wrong with written applications followed by interviews at appointed times?

Sometimes the incompetence of the Iraqi government is stupefying.

Dolly said...

I think the problem is that Ban Ki-moon didn't condemn Massacre no. 1. Ban Ki-moon is key. The militants are waiting for what Ban Ki-moon has to say with baited breath

I see the lowlifes at iCasualties have listed the "policemen" killed in the Civilians column.
So now policemen are civilians.

Iraqi Mojo said...

They were not even trainees yet.

"A police spokesman said that, at the time of the attack, more than 300 people were standing in line with their documents, hoping to get a $500-a-month job as a police trainee. They were the first to vie for 2,000 new police jobs that Iraq's Interior Ministry recently approved for Salahuddin."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/01/18/2011-01-18_dozens_of_police_recuits_killed_by_suicide_bomber_in_iraq.html#ixzz1BXWon8dr

Dolly, will God send the bomber's soul to Heaven?

Dolly said...

Look, their intent matters. They wanted to join a military unit. The job involved weapons and violence. The units are working with the aggressor country USA.
So instead of being a "police force" like any other, Iraqi Police is actually part of the U.S. military. They have been contracted by the Pentagon to kill.

Also → if this was a Qa'eda camp with trainees that had not been trained yet, then you would have approved of an air strike. So lack of training doesn't really matter.

God? Heaven? There are many different takes on religion. The Shia say Umar bin Khattab is in the lowest hell, while the People of Sunnah say Umar bin Khattab is in the highest Paradise.