Monday, March 07, 2005
** Iraq: What Checkpoints are Really Like
You must read this Seattle Times article about what checkpoints in Iraq are like from the perspective of Iraqis. It's a total clusterfuck. Just to take one example, there are often two parts to the checkpoint. In the first part, Iraqi soldiers wave the cars through, and so naturally the drivers speed up after getting through. But up ahead, there's a second group of American soldiers, and if they see someone speeding towards them they shoot first and ask questions later.