Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Are They Tough Enough

The BBC has this article about the class of Iraqi military instructors that the British just graduated. My first thought was, jeez, is it so smart to be telling everyone who these guys are and what they look like. But they came off to as good soldiers. The looked determined--well, all but this guy on the left who looked like he was going to sell me a lemon of a car. The question is: can they do the job? Here's a quote:
Staff Major Maad Drajy also was a member of the Republican Guard - despite being a member of the Shia majority, which had little power under Saddam Hussein. "For well-educated people, there is no difference between Shia, Sunni and Kurd," he says. "It is the Americans who are making the difference." He has no doubt that things are better in Iraq now than they were before: "Nowadays there are no restrictions. There is freedom."

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