Surge of Corruption

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February 13, 2007 4:06 p.m.

Maybe Wilkes and Foggo were in the wrong business in Iraq.

Lieutenant General Aboud Qanbar, the Iraqi general in charge of locking down Baghdad, came out swinging today after the horrific bombing of the Shorja market yesterday. In order to stem the tide of sectarian violence, Qanbar’s men are going to set up an elaborate series of checkpoints throughout the city, and haul whoever doesn’t obey into “emergency courts,” according to the New York Times. Only there’s just one problem, observes a Baghdad resident:

“These checkpoints are useless,” said Ahmed Aboud, 45. “You can bribe them with 5,000 Iraqi dinars and bring in all the explosives you want.”

No word on whether the explosives dealers have gone into business with the checkpoint operators…

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