Tuesday, November 01, 2005


When I watched "Gunner Palace" I remembered a soldier complaining that any piece of trash could hide and IED. After reading the article, "Where the Buffalo Roam", yesterday, I realized that we could eliminate a large amount of risk from the IED's by eliminating the hiding places, by picking up the trash.

We can't have U.S. troops do it, there aren't enough of them to do what we need to do anyway, and putting them directly into harms way is not a good idea. We can't have Iraqi civilians do it, since the insurgents want to kill them too. So here's my idea: have labor gangs of imprisoned insurgents clean up the trash and rubble. Here are the advantages of my plan:

1. Using labor details such as this is well within the confines of the Geneva conventions.
2. It brings the insurgents out into the open, which will both demystify them and make it harder for people to disappear into some black hole of a prison.
3. It will cause the insurgents to reduce the number of IED's they place, since the people blown up by them will be their fellow insurgents.
4. The imprisoned insurgents are admirably suited to identifying the IED's that they do come across, since they were the ones planting such devices.
5. It will demonstrate the effectiveness of the new government. I remember that, living in Ukraine shortly after the curtain fell, one of the first signs that a new society was emerging was when groups of men with shovels started cleaning up the trash piles.
6. It will improve the standard of living for the regular Iraqis.


Blogger Hamlette said...

If only you had the ear of a general or two! You could be very helpful.

Speaking of picking up trash...Halloween is over and we need to get rid of the pumpkin, it's molding.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

You really do come up with some good ideas sometimes. There's a hint of optimism in the idea we could actually provide the social service of trash clearing, but the idea has lots of other good points besides that.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

But I temper it with some extremely bad ideas, just to keep you honest.

12:03 AM  

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