January 17, 2006

The Year of The Police - a Follow-Up

Hatched by Sachi

In my earlier post, Who Polices the Police?, I noted that the American military was increasing the number of military-police advisors to embed with and train the Iraqi Police.

The Iraqi army was our first priority; but now that we're closing in on our goal there, it's time we turned our attention to the Iraqi cops: while the army is most important for pursuing and destroying terrorist cells, rolling up the foreign jihadi invaders, and sealing the border, the police are essential to follow investigative leads internally, keep the peace, and restore a semblance of justice in Iraq that has not been seen since the days of the British-established Hashemite kingdom -- before first the Iraqi army took over in 1958, then the Baath Party in 1963.

Todays New York Times reports a little more in this subject:

About 80,000 local police officers across Iraq are now certified as trained and equipped, more than halfway toward the goal of 135,000 by early 2007.

But senior commanders, including Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top American officer in Iraq, have vowed to make 2006 "the year of the police" in a tacit acknowledgment that corruption, ineptitude and infiltration in the Iraqi police forces stand in the way of any plan by the Americans to draw down troops this year...

Soldiers from the 49th Military Police Brigade, an Army National Guard unit with headquarters in Fairfield, Calif., will be assigned to police stations in nine major Iraqi cities - Baghdad, Ramadi, Falluja, Najaf, Babil, Kirkuk, Baquba, Samarra and Mosul - as well as to dozens of provincial and district headquarters.

We're ramping up our embeds among the Iraqi police from today's "500 international civilian police advisers" by adding 2,000 MPs -- a fourfold increase. This will of course put a lot more Americans in harm's way, but the danger still pales compared to the danger of allowing Iraq, through corruption, to sink back into the terrorist haven it was under Saddam Hussein. Safety is important, but we do have a mission to perform.

Quite a few of our reserves and National Guardsmen's civilian jobs are with the police, making a perfect mesh. The Iraqis can learn about rights and duties, treating people with respect, but never allowing personal feelings, corruption, or tribal affiliation to get in the way of the disinterested administration of justice.

Lets hope the Iraqis will learn the true meaning of universal law that constrains both prince and peon alike. That is what transformed the ancient Hebrews from a tribal to a national culture, and there is no reason to suppose that it won't have the same effect on another group of nomads wandering the great deserts of the Middle East.

Hatched by Sachi on this day, January 17, 2006, at the time of 10:37 PM

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The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist

Lets hope the Iraqis will learn the true meaning of universal law that constrains both prince and peon alike.

Gotta love the "prince and peon" usage...nicely worded. However, i still believe that Mother Nature's Law rules on Planet Earth...so to speak of "survival of the fittest" or natural selection.

That is what transformed the ancient Hebrews from a tribal to a national culture...

i think that "Individual Rights" trumps a "national culture" rights, but i am probably missing your point here, so i shall back up one to your previous paragraph:

Quite a few of our reserves and National Guardsmen's civilian jobs are with the police, making a perfect mesh. The Iraqis can learn about rights and duties, treating people with respect, but never allowing personal feelings, corruption, or tribal affiliation to get in the way of the disinterested administration of justice.

ummmmmmm...perhaps 'Thangs have changed since i was a City of Miami PO, but abuse is still around, and we saw it at Abu Ghraib. However, abuse and torture are not the same things, in my humble opinion, so your points are starting to 'come in', especially the "Who Polices the Police?"

Police need to be trained better than they use to be, especially in Iraq. America has been in Iraq for almost three years now, and much of the world thinks that that is too long!?! Baghdad was taken in like three weeks...Saddam has been thrown out of office...and, the Iraqis have been Voting (increasingly each time)in numbers that should embarrass the American "national culture". The Iraqi Police did a good job in each of the Iraqi Elections...and, an *EXCELLENT* job in the most recent Election. If humans want to live in families, or tribes, or nations, then those humans will need to be 'Policed'...Karmic Point One. Humans 'Policing' humans is an impossible job...Karmic Point Two. Then came the infamous United Nations' thinking that Planet Earth could become a World or Planet 'Culture', as in the "Age of Aquarius" had arrived, with 'Universal Law' in hand, and thus no need for anymore 'Policing' or War. Not long after that, the Soviets tried to spread their dogma to every nation on the Planet Earth...America had two choices at that point:

1) Accept Communism
2) Start wearing 'Da Badge

Now, Lady Sachi, take a guess as to who gets blamed for attempting to protect "Individual Rights" against the Soviets' mentality of a World or Planet 'Culture' seeking to install Communism on Planet Earth. You are correct, America gets blamed, and such blame comes on the heels of America having stood against the "Axis of Evil", basically Fascism, that Germany. Japan, and Italy represented.

Most humans seem to just want a "Just Task Master", huh. Good Topic, and i am glad that you have done a "Follow-Up". Now the World or Planet 'Culture' has a new problem to deal with, 1)chief of state: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-KHAMENEI (since 4 June 1989) 2) head of government: President Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD (since 3 August 2005)

'Whar was the World or Planet 'Culture' when poor KIM Jong Il was raped by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?!? Mahmoud makes KIM look like some punk in Prison, huh. Mahmoud is seeking to replace Saddam in the Arab/Muslim/Islamic world, and KIM is just a pretty "yellow-boy". Mahmoud moves fast to most human observers, and he doesn't care who is wearing 'Da Badge or about any World or Planet 'Culture'...so to speak whilst asking 'Whar is 'Da Police!!!

Human babies come from a place in the Universe that knew not flesh nor matter, and seem lonely the moment that they arrive on Planet Earth. How many hermits do you, or anyone reading this know??? Probably none besides me. i am a hermit, and who in his or her "right mind" would even consider that a hermit needs a Police Officer watching over him??? Are there any female 'hermits'...not that i know of, and thus my usage of "him".

Lonely??? Get over it...

KårmiÇømmünîs†

The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 18, 2006 4:07 PM

The following hissed in response by: stackja1945

"With a highly-professional occupation force in place, there was a tendency after 1 July 1946 to return to the German authorities as much responsibility for administration of the occupation zone as was feasible under existing conditions." US Constabulary - army.mil

Germany started again with US help. What will history say about Iraq? Germany democracy stills works after sixty years.

The above hissed in response by: stackja1945 [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 18, 2006 6:50 PM

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