Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A parable

From this morning's Al-Quds al-Arabi (Thursday Nov 15, p 1):

The director of the southern-region office of the Iraqi Human Rights ministry, Mahdi Tamimi, said his ministry rejects what the American forces have done at their Camp Bucca prison camp, segregating prisoners on a sectarian basis, because of trouble-making elements that have caused sect-based violence. Tamimi said:
This is alien to Iraqi society whether on the street or in a prison. We have worked hard in many meetings with the Americans to see that we isolate those individuals who are responsible for starting sect-based troubles. And this is the view of the ministry and of his excellency the minister, that Sunni and Shiite prisoners are treated the same, and that we segregate those who start the trouble. The ministry is opposed to segregation on a sect basis, but agrees to segregation of the troublemakers and those who help them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son is based at this prison and works with these prisoners. To put all prisoners together would be a recipe for disaster. They WANT to be "segregated" and well, we know what happens if they don't get what they want.

6:34 AM  
Blogger annie said...

They WANT to be "segregated"

according to your son the expert.

8:02 AM  
Blogger badger said...

we know what happens if they don't get what they want

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

see also my recent post called What's it all about"

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the 'what's it all about' link. interesting comment on the women's sports. curious you didn't delete it.

racism rears its ugly head.


6:38 PM  
Blogger badger said...

thanks for the heads-up annie, I hadn't seen it. Its deleted now.

8:58 PM  

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