Same as the old boss

Fallujah is being ruled today as Fallujah was ruled under Saddam Hussein.

The police chief of Fallujah is a former member of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard. He rules the city with arbitrary arrests, torture, and a network of neighborhood spies.

One of his police captains sums it up: “Since Saddam Hussein until now, Iraq obeys only the force. We are practicing the same old procedures.”

Four thousand American soldiers dead, and the people we have put in charge of Iraq are “practicing the same old procedures.” Makes you feel sorta proud, doesn’t it?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: