Archive for July 2003
Get ‘Em While They’re Cheap!
The perfect addition to your economic rationalist, neo-imperialist, uncompassionate conservative blog!
The US 4th Infantry in Iraq have been playing tricks on Iraqi generals:
On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: “If you want your family released, turn yourself in.” Such tactics are justified, he said, because, “It’s an intelligence operation with detainees, and these people have info.” They would have been released in due course, he added later.
Tim Dunlop, as usual, is outraged:
This piece of nastiness should be clearly unacceptable. And it is surprising how little attention it is getting from pro-war commentators and bloggers.
How can it be moral?
Apart from anything else, what such behaviour does in the battle for hearts and minds amongst Iraqis is probably nothing short of disastrous.
It’s been a while since I snarked at Tim, so I had a go in his comments, repasted here for your reading pleasure:
AS a special murder task force investigates the bloody amphetamines drug war erupting in Victoria, police around the country have uncovered dozens of clandestine laboratories and copies of an illegal “cookbook” on how to make the illicit drugs.
It is believed the recent murders in Melbourne are linked to drug wars that are being fuelled by the availability of internet recipes and a manual called Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture, written by an underground chemist known as “Uncle Fester”.
The 183-page book, available on the internet, tells how to set up backyard kitchens right through to large-scale productions rivalling the traditional crime syndicate operations.
It’s really only a matter of time before the local production of ecstasy and other pills reaches the point where decriminalisation is seriously looked at. Police and politicians long ago realised that trying to stop marijuana consumption was impossible, because it’s so easy to produce. If we reach the point where any teenager can make ecstasy after a trip to Bunnings, what then?