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July 24, 2004

This is almost like the free market in action.

...what with entrepreneurs trying a new product and finding out that it works. Oddly enough, the guys doing this probably aren't really fans of the capitalist model, either.

Wave of Kidnappings in Iraq Continues Jul 24, 8:37 AM (ET) By PAUL GARWOOD

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen kidnapped the head of an Iraqi government-owned construction company in Baghdad on Saturday, a brazen daylight attack in a new wave of hostage-taking across the country.

The kidnapping occurred a day after a senior Egyptian diplomat was snatched as he came out of a mosque, and suggested insurgents were growing bolder, particularly since kidnappers scored a stunning victory by forcing the Philippines to withdraw troops to save the life of a Filipino truck driver.

Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged Egypt not to bow to the demands of the kidnappers.

So, the 'insurgents' are adopting the Mafia model. And thanks to Zapatero and Arroyo, the practice is spreading. Sigh. And the only way to stop it is to either just go ahead and leave (which, still means it works to kidnap people and saw off a few heads) or to do the really hard thing, which is accept there are going to be some more heads sawn off, and do your damndest (which I'm sure is being done) to catch these bastards.

These dicks are just sooo stupid. They could have played along nicely, and then just tried to take it over in a coup at a later point - and a lot fewer people would be dead. As it is, they are confirming themselves as bandits, which will force them to rule as tyrants... which means nothing will get better over there.

They have no vision. Oh, yes, they have *a* vision, yes... but they have no real vision of a future. They just want a bad past to continue.

Wahabism Delenda Est.

The full story is here.