When I watch the news and I see the attrocities being committed, I have to wonder how come the general populace isn’t taking security into their own hands.
I don’t mean with respect to car bombs or other attacks of that type, but the rampant abductions, tortures and killing.
Wouldn’t it be possible, within your own home neighborhood, to position local people on rooftops and other strategic locations to watch and counter the actions of armed groups against the community? I guess it would be a twist on the concept of neighborhood watch.
Wouldn’t you, if you lived in that type of situation, carry a weapon at all times, even if only a handgun? Wouldn’t you make sure you knew your neighbors and kept an eye out for armed strangers?
Maybe this is actually happening but the media doesn’t notice or doesn’t say anything about it? Maybe this is discouraged by the US or Iraqi authorities? Maybe people in the region aren’t used to being empowered to work cooperatively to solve their own problems?
I have no idea what is really going on over there, as I haven’t been, but I sure as hell wish that things would improve instead of always getting worse. Wouldn’t it be great if the non-radical Iraqi population banded together to take back their land, their safety and their future?
Is there really any other solution available? If the US can’t impose peace, how in the hell will the Iraqi forces have better luck?
Yeah, I know, lot’s of questions. I guess the real question is what will actually work to solve the problems in Iraq and who can get it done?
If anyone has that answer, then we need to be working towards that.