Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What the Hell?

In Basra, Iraq:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A British armored vehicle escorted by a tank crashed into a detention center Monday in Basra and rescued two undercover troops held by police, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told CNN.


The official said two unknown gunmen in full Arabic dress began firing on civilians in central Basra, wounding several, including a traffic police officer. There were no fatalities, the official said.

The two gunmen fled the scene but were captured and taken in for questioning, admitting they were British marines carrying out a "special security task," the official said.

This raises a few questions:

  1. What kind of security task requires British soldiers to fire on civilians?
  2. If you are "undercover" troops, what faster way is there to blow your cover than shooting civilians?
  3. Is Iraq a sovereign nation or not? This business about not be able to arrest any members of the occupying forces makes a mockery of this so-called freedom the Anglo/Americans allege to be delivering?
  4. Were these guys agents provocateurs? Or are agents like these responsible for actually carrying out some of the violence regularly taking place in Iraq?
  5. What's the difference between a "rescue" and a jailbreak?
Whatever the story is, there is clearly some weird ish going on over there.


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