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Billmon on the Gangs of Iraq

The picture they paint is chaotic, thuggish and utterly detached from the political bickering now under way in the Green Zone — which might just as well be happening on another planet. The militias have already adopted their own constitution, which is loosely modeled on the one developed for the streets of South Central Los Angeles by the Crips and the Bloods:

Iraq’s second-largest city, has witnessed dozens of assassinations, claiming members of the former ruling Baath Party, Sunni political leaders and officials of competing Shiite parties. Many have been carried out by uniformed men in police vehicles, according to political leaders and families of the victims, with some of the bullet-riddled bodies dumped at night in a trash-strewn parcel known as The Lot.

What’s most scary — and outrageous — about this particular war of the all against the all is that it’s being subsidized both by its victims (the Iraqi people) and by the American taxpayers who are arming and equipping the new Iraqi Army. Shadid and Fainaru make it clear the militias are now seamlessly integrated into that army, although not in the way our imperial magistrates originally intended…

Quoth the Iceman:

It’s like a war, ya know what i’m sayin
People dont even understand
They don’t even know what they dealing with
You wanna get ridda the gangs its gonna take alot of work
But people don’t understand the size of this
This is no joke man this is real

You don’t know me, fool
You disown me, cool
I don’t need your assistance, social persistance
Any problem i got i just put my fist in

My life is violent, but violent is life
Peace is a dream, reality is a knife
My colors my honour my colors my all
With my colors upon me one soldier stands tall

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