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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Even more progress in Iraq

The Iraqi government has ordered all policewomen to hand in their guns for redistribution to men or face having their pay withheld, thwarting a U.S. initiative to bring women into the nation's police force.

....Critics say the move is the latest sign of the religious and cultural conservatism that has taken hold in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's ouster ushered in a government dominated by Shiite Muslims. Now, that tendency is hampering efforts to bring stability to Iraq by driving women from the force, said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Phillips, who has led the effort to recruit female officers.


At 12/11/2007 6:10 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

Gosh, this Democracy thing...can't it just proceed without any problems?

And what's with this notion of taking guns out of the hands of ANY national police force. Are they really starting to get so comfortable with the dramatic decrease in violence that they can even begin to think about reducing the number of arms?

I question the timing.

At 12/11/2007 6:12 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

That should read "ANYONE in the national police...."

(take your pick of who or why)


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