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Battle Lines
Tom Brown
Tom Brown
Battle Lines is an ongoing Web log (blog) dedicated to providing a broad perspective on the latest news and developments from the war in Iraq. Response and suggestions are welcomed.

Tom Brown has been an editor, reporter and software analyst for The Seattle Times for 20 years.

April 09, 2003

Hey, let's go loot ... City Hall?

They may feel uncomfortable, but put yourself in the shoes of a looter for a moment. If you were going to steal stuff, would you head for the King County Administration Building?

That’s the equivalent of what seems to be happening in Baghdad as the yoke of the Saddam regime is lifted. People appear to be in the mood to take revenge on a government that over three decades impoverished what had once been one of the most prosperous nations in the region.

“At police stations, universities, government ministries, the headquarters of the Iraq Olympic Committee, looters unhindered by any police presence made off with computers, furniture, telephones, even military jeeps,” AP reports. “One young man used roller skates to wheel away a refrigerator.”

Here’s a full account.

Posted by tbrown at April 9, 2003 11:08 AM

Tom Brown Katherine Long, research editor at the Seattle Times and 18-year editor and reporter, substituted for Tom Brown the week of April 14.

April 2003
March 2003

Signing off
The Saddam Files
Demonstrations in Karbala
Building a government from scratch
Smoking gun?
The irony of freedom
Where are the weapons?
Cultural advisors quit over antiquities issue
Baghdad reality check


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