When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.
--Jean Paul Sartre
--Jean Paul Sartre
The U.S. 2nd Amendment is commonly interpreted as allowing for the citizens to bear arms. GHW Bush delimited that previously unqualified right in the late1980's when he instituted an assault rifle ban via Executive fiat. This is not to argue for the sagacity of allowing a citizenry to arm themselves with AK-47's, but later, I will explain why I mention this.
For now, fast forward to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when GWB has ascended to the throne. After the defeat of evil-boy Saddam and the royal proclamation of "mission accomplished," what's the first thing the military was ordered to do?
Well, not what it should have done after invading and defeating a foreign power, namely, disarming the crazy bastards, like we did in Germany and Japan. Immediately upon occupation, Germans were required to turn in every firearm in their possession, including hunting rifles. The Japanese were disarmed in a like manner. This firearms seizure is a population and resource control measure that is the foundation of all counter-insurgency or occupation force policy.
Why weren't the Iraqis stripped of their firearms? Now the game is out of control and U.S. military personnel are being killed with weapons permitted by U.S. policy. Seems like a no-brainer to me (and isn't it just appropriate that Mr. Cheney, President of Vice, to use a Borat-ism, will forever be associated with this term?)
So back to my initial observation: How ironic that in America, we cannot own automatic AK 47's, while Iraqis, who are killing and wounding our service people with weapons daily, are allowed to own them with impunity. The first obvious initial course of action in securing Iraq should have been disarming the entire population, and not just of automatic weapons.
Does anybody in command have a clue?
As a post script, several readers have asked what I might suggest could have been done to secure the weapons in Iraq. Well, now that the horse is out of the stall, it will take some clever finagling to bring him back. Maybe a gun "buyback" program, which has met with such stellar success in our own inner cities...