Colonial Arrests

King George’s men in action in southern Iraq. From Informed Comment. reports that a joint American-Iraqi (apparently American-led–see the picture) force invaded the offices of the elected provincial council of Wasit in the Shiite South and arrested two elected members of the council. They took away Qasim al-A’raji and Fadil Jasim Abu al-Tayyib without making any announcement of the charges.

This is sort of as though in the US, federal troops attacked the South Carolina State House and arrested the elected secretary of state and treasurer.

Presumably the arrestees are suspected of militia activity. But I don’t know. You can’t celebrate elections and purple fingers and self-determination, and then have foreign troops involved in arresting elected officials. It looks colonial.

Read all of it here.

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