for some values of ‘freedom’

A Boston Globe article raises a good point about the “current situation in Falluja”: The city has been “secured” by the simple method of removing all its residents and shooting anyone who remained. The problem with that winning strategy? Letting anyone back in.

bq. “Under the plans, troops would funnel Fallujans to so-called citizen processing centers on the outskirts of the city to compile a database of their identities through DNA testing and retina scans. Residents would receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all times. Buses would ferry them into the city, where cars, the deadliest tool of suicide bombers, would be banned.”

Reality check, guys. If any resident could be an “insurgent”, i.e. fighting to remove us from their city, doesn’t that tell us something about our status there? Hello?