The Lady Speaks

Building a Wall

“Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.” — Georges Santayana


So, the US wants to create “gated communities” out of neighborhoods in and around Baghdad?

From the Washington Post:

The U.S. military is walling off at least 10 of Baghdad’s most violent neighborhoods and using biometric technology to track some of their residents, creating what officers call “gated communities” in an attempt to carve out oases of safety in this war-ravaged city.


In some sealed-off areas, troops armed with biometric scanning devices will compile a neighborhood census by recording residents’ fingerprints and eye patterns and will perhaps issue them special badges, military officials said. At least 10 Baghdad neighborhoods are slated to become or already are gated communities, said Brig. Gen. John F. Campbell, the deputy commander of American forces in Baghdad.


“We can pull fingerprints off all the bad stuff they handle and run it through the database,” [Capt. Darren] Fowler said in an e-mail. “The soldiers’ favorite show to watch is CSI. We actually get some techniques from them.”

Fowler is also considering issuing identification badges to every resident of the gated community. But the area will not be closed off to outsiders, because its markets are crucial to Sunnis who live in nearby Shiite neighborhoods and are too afraid to go to their own bazaars, he said.

Building a wallto “protect” the minority population insidecreating a census of those living there … and issuing “security badges” for identification?

It sounds familiar somehow…


Gate of the Krakow Ghetto, Poland
From the Holocaust Research Project


“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.” — Machiavelli


April 23, 2007 - Posted by | America, Government, Iraq, Pentagon, US Military, War


  1. Hey PA! For some reason I thought you got out of the blogging game. I wish I had known better or else I’d have been around more often. I got you back in my favs file now.
    I saw you paid mirth and I a visit over at LM. We’re just getting started with it so stop by any time and we’ll be sure to get everyone to come over here and check you out.

    As for the topic of this post. Is it really surprising that idiot boy would think building walls is a good idea? I guess when you aren’t smart enough to come up with many ideas, even bad ones seem like good ones.

    Comment by D-day | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. Fence along our border with Mexico…Berlin Wall
    “Gated Communites” …… Well, you already pointed that one out.

    I worry that G.W. and Friends are really dumber than they seem. Which one would really think impossible.

    Heaven preserve us.
    636 days to go!!!!

    Comment by mom | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  3. mom, the pattern is pretty clear, isn’t it?

    Ditto, what D says. Expect to see your blog highlighted this Sunday and we hope it directs some of our traffic to your good blog. They’ll come for the snazzy look and stay for the wisdom. Fine buncha people they are, too.

    Malaki says the wall construction will stop.
    Whether he’s bowing to power there or flexing his muscles for Bush, who knows…but I hope he’s right.

    Comment by mirth | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  4. D-day: Well, I was out for a little while – took a break last summer, and only started back up in late November.

    I only just found out about LM from proudprogressive at PP’s part of the Gabbly-chat regulars at FDL, and when he mentioned LM, I just had to find out if it was theMirth. Imagine my thrill finding y’all again!

    Mom: Just when we think they’ve gone as low as they possibly can, BushCo finds a way to lower the pole and limbo underneath it.

    Mirth: Thanks! Glad ya like the look – I only played with it about 50 times! *grin*

    I think Maliki’s realizing which side his bread’s buttered on….and it isn’t in the US’s favor. The question is, will BushCo let him get away with making decisions as the head of his so-called “sovereign nation”?

    Comment by PA_Lady | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. Thanks for posting that picture. It turned me on to the website!

    Comment by NJ Dude | June 30, 2007 | Reply

  6. You’re welcome, NJ! The HRP is an incredible website.

    Comment by PA_Lady | July 1, 2007 | Reply

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