Sunday, May 21, 2006

"Maximum force"

New Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki knows how to say the right things:

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki vowed to use "maximum force against terrorism" on Sunday, as bombs exploded in Baghdad during the first meeting of his national unity cabinet.
"We will use maximum force against terrorism, but we also need a national initiative," he said.
"Weapons should only be allowed in the hands of the government. Militias, death squads, terrorism, killings and assassinations are odd cases and we should put an end to the militias."

What's yet to be seen is whether saying the right things translates into doing the right things. For instance, that last quote should give pause to anyone who hears or reads it. If Democrats want to see a gun problem, they should go to Iraq and see a real gun problem. Iraq does need gun regulation with teeth, if only to use those regulations to put away terrorists. However, disarming the Iraqi society makes a lot of otherwise law abiding citizens very vulnerable to both terrorists and possibly to their own government when the day comes that the U.S. military is no longer there.

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