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  • Tuesday, December 28, 2004

    10,000 held in Iraq by Britain and the US

    According to reports, 10,000 prisoners are being held by Britain and the US in Iraq. It appears however, that only about 350 of those are being labelled as "foreign terrorists". So who are all the other people being held by Britain and the US? Most likely petty criminals slung in these detention centres for drunkenness and thieving.

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    At 12/28/2004 08:48:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "So who are all the other people being held by Britain and the US? Most likely petty criminals slung in these detention centres for drunkenness and thieving."

    Well, if you would read the articles you refer to, you might know the answer before asking the question.

    "The ranks of prisoners may have shot up again after hundreds were detained during major operations against insurgents south of the capital, in Samarra and Mosul, north of Baghdad and the massive assault on the former rebel stronghold of Fallujah, west of Baghdad. "

    So while there are about 350 foreign terrorists, the article clearly states many others are Iraqi "insurgents" that fled Fallujah.

    Therefore they are not "most likely petty criminals" as the article clearly indicates.

    Saddam emptied his prisons just before the invasion in order to cause as much havoc as possible. It's only a matter of time before those criminals offend again and get caught. Shouldn't criminals be locked up?

    I remember the anti war types and the media crying that the coalition wasn't doing enough to stop the criminals after the liberation. Are you now saying they are doing too good a job now?

     
    At 12/28/2004 08:56:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    What I am saying is that 10,000 is a very large number, and that we were all led to believe that the Iraqis in general were not a large part of the resistance. Bush regime and Blair & Co spin doctors have attempted to say for some time now that the resistance was mainly coming from foreign fighters. 350 so called "foreign terrorists", out of that 10,000 figure is a very small proportion wouldn't you say?

     
    At 12/28/2004 09:27:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I would say that out of a population of 25 million, 10,000 is a very samll number indeed.

     
    At 12/29/2004 10:25:00 am, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    And as I said, about 350 so called "foreign terrorists" is a very small proportion of the 10,000 figure.

     
    At 12/29/2004 11:42:00 am, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    And another point, why are petty criminals being held by occupation forces? Isn't it upto to the Iraqis themselves to detain anyone involved in criminal activity?

     
    At 1/31/2005 05:20:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually, it is up to the occupying power under the Geneva Conventions (that "quaint" document). It is up to Bush supporters to get Bush to stop supporting murdering tyrants like Islam Karimov.

     

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