February 19, 2004

Wearing baseball caps that read SWAT in homemade letters...

[NY Times] BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 19 � A bad day is when (1) you get arrested (2) by the people who once worked for you and (3) they tell you exactly what they think of you.

Muhammad Zimam Abd al-Razzaq was having a really bad day. Mr. Zimam, a former interior minister under Saddam Hussein and an enemy of Iraq's Kurds, was No. 41 on the American occupation force's most-wanted list in Iraq.

He was in his house in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Saidiya on Sunday, when a squad of Iraqi police officers showed up around lunchtime. No burly, locked-and-loaded American soldiers to hunt down the dangerous; no, this was a bunch of Iraqi cops barely old enough to shave, wearing baseball caps that read SWAT in homemade letters...

The flavor of this story is bizarre and dreamlike and blackly comical, with Keystone Cops jumping up from the floor one after another with their accusations while Mr Zimam is offered tea and coffee on a comfortable couch�Al Jazeera apparently filming it all...

(Thanx to OxBlog)

Posted by John Weidner at February 19, 2004 9:10 PM
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