Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Sovereign Iraq, meet Martial Law
As new violence flared in Baghdad, Iraqi officials announced Wednesday a new security plan that would increase detention powers and allow the prime minister to mobilize the country's armed forces to deal with the problem.A fine step forward towards democracy, I say. Not that security is not important towards establishing any kind of stable democratic society in Iraq, but the way things are going, it could be quite some time before this "new security plan" (I see they've stopped using the words "martial law") becomes unnecessary in the eyes of Allawi and the US - did I say US? I meant sovereign Iraq.
Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has signed the plan into law, according to an official in his office.
Word of the tighter security plan came as Iraqi security forces along with U.S.-led multinational soldiers battled insurgents in central Baghdad, a police official told CNN.