Natalie Solent

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
 
All this business in Basra is very odd. Stuff is going on. Some of this story seems ominous (the reported infiltration of the Iraqi police by the Mehdi army) and some of it, frankly, is funny. That wall coming down will be in a film some day.

I suppose I shouldn't say that if reports that two or three rioters were killed are correct. If. They seem curiously nameless.

Many people were shocked by TV pictures of the riot that showed soldiers in burning uniforms abandoning their Warrior fighting vehicles (sort of APCs with knobs on.)

The rioters paid the British Army quite a compliment: they relied on the basic decency of the people they were attacking. My husband talked for forty-two seconds on the stuff for killing people that a Warrior fighting vehicle has on it. Can't quite recall it all, but stuff like "30mm RARDEN cannon" and "7.62mm chain gun" was in there. Not that they needed it; they could have escaped by pressing the accelerator if they had been willing to drive over a few human bodies to do it. Instead they got out and ran. Doesn't look as cool but doesn't kill anyone either. Since as far as I can tell that section of the rioting crowd threw stones at them but didn't try to kill them, their judgement call was vindicated.

Not killing people is nearly always a good idea, if one can decently avoid it.