Another American journalist has been killed in Iraq – a guy who wrote about the police being infiltrated with insurgents has been hauled off by gunmen driving a police car and shot.
[quote]Vincent and the translator were seized Tuesday afternoon by five gunmen in a police car as they left a currency exchange shop, police Lt. Col. Karim al-Zaidi said.
In an opinion column published July 31 in The New York Times, Vincent wrote that Basra’s police force had been heavily infiltrated by members of Shiite political groups, including those loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Vincent quoted an unidentified Iraqi police lieutenant as saying that some police were behind many of the assassinations of former Baath Party members that have taken place in Basra.
‘‘He told me that there is even a sort of ‘‘death car’’ – a white Toyota Mark II that glides through the city streets, carrying off-duty police officers in the pay of extremist religious groups to their next assignment,’’ he wrote.
Vincent was also critical of the British military, which is responsible for security in Basra, for turning a blind eye to abuses of power by Shiite extremists in the city.[/quote]
Of course, there are people in these forums who deny that there are any Shiite extremists, but I suppose they would be “turning a blind eye” to the problem as well.