You thought ‘3 strikes’ laws were tough?

April 14th, 2003 | by Andrew Ó Baoill |

From the Guardian’s wonderful ‘Informer’ email service:
“I came here thinking I wouldn’t need any Arabic at all – just ‘Put your hands up’ and ‘Put your weapons down.’ They’ve been teaching me how to talk to the thieves. Things like, ‘You are lying, I’m not stupid,’ and ‘If you steal, we will kill you.'” Marine Sgt Steven Christopher in Baghdad on the local residents helping him to identify and accost looters.

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