Originally posted by Bader
Representatives should live with their constituents:
You didnt state any details upon which this is based, DonQ. It is the norm in my understanding. However given that party dictatorship doesnt listen or take heed of their bosses, the constituent, whom pays their salaries and perks and not the party, it doesnt make any difference where they live.
Making them live there like making charities illegal doesnt address the real problems.
Let me just pick on this issue for the time being.
If politicians represent a ghetto, they must live in the ghetto. I doubt very much they will take "life in the jungle" for a long time. It doesn't any further elaboration because that's the whole plan. EITHER THEY FIX IT OR QUIT THE JOB. Either one is acceptable...
Doing some extrapolation, what's wrong with Iraq is partly due to the ruling elite and top Army officers living in a Green Zone (where everything is green), while the plain and ordinary Iraqis--and American troops--live in hell.
And what the future has in store for us is more hell spilling out of the neglected areas and into the beautiful areas of the lions, and into the world at large. The shit can not be contained as crime and terrorism prove.
Perhaps the proles would get listened to if they had the lion experience what they go through. Perhaps it may not be the solution, but a major step in the right direction...
Iraq bombers breach 'America in Baghdad'
By Jack Fairweather in Baghdad
The rest of Iraq might be going to hell, but there was one place US officials considered themselves safe. Until yesterday, when suicide bombers struck at the heart of American operations - Baghdad's Green Zone.
Now the little slice of America fostered behind 10ft concrete walls has become a victim of terrorism, much like the rest of Iraq during the past 18 months.
It is has been a slow descent into chaos for the place that once mixed high-minded notions of freedom and democracy with multi-million-pound government contracts, counter-insurgency planning and alcohol-fuelled late-night parties.
The three-square-mile Green Zone set up to house American and Iraqi government offices after the war has always been a world apart from the rest of Iraq.
The breezy, park-like district of wide boulevards, winding canals and mini-palaces for Saddam Hussein and his lackeys was easily converted after the war into headquarters for the US occupation. From palace windows US bureaucrats could gaze at the two triumphal arches of crossed scimitars held by fists modelled on Saddam's own hands.
Government officials and contractors quickly built thousands of makeshift cabins. The shining white temporary buildings have a sink and a television. Many westerners delighted in whizzing up and down the boulevards in white, 4x4 Jeeps, the vehicle of choice in the Green Zone.
Access to the Green Zone for most Iraqis was limited to the "convention centre", where they could go for conferences, to lodge complaints against Americans or to apply for jobs.
Entrances to the compound were attacked by suicide bombers on several occasions, killing scores of Iraqis. In response, the coalition forces expanded the Green Zone, closing off streets and bridges, causing traffic jams and irritating Iraqis.
Concertina wire was replaced with concrete crash barriers, towering guard posts were placed at the entrances to the compound and red spray-painted signs placed by the entrances stating, in English and Arabic: "Enter here and you will be shot."
Officials say trouble inside the Green Zone started when thousands of Iraqis were allowed to move into empty blocks of flats that once housed Saddam's servants. Body and vehicle searches of the thousands of Iraqis queuing to enter and leave the compound routinely uncovered bomb-making equipment, officials said, but they suspect much got through.
In recent months officials found a water and sewage tanker lorry carrying 2,000 lb of explosives. A boy on a bicycle was caught trying to smuggle blasting caps into the compound.
"Whatever we would catch them with they would come up with something new," said one official. "We all knew the stuff was in here. It was just a question of when and where they would use it."
The Green Zone's most prominent landmark is Saddam's old Republican Guard building, now the American embassy. However, for many Iraqis the symbolism became clear and the impression grew that the Americans were going to be as unapproachable as the former regime.
Yet inside the Green Zone, the threat of attack created an idiosyncratic atmosphere. Texan cowboys mixed with White House apparatchiks and black soldiers from the Bronx.
The Rashid Hotel, opposite the convention centre, had a weekly nightclub where officials drank beer and revelled in the dangerous atmosphere.
After one such party, one group of security guards began firing over the heads of another. Everyone dived for cover. "Things like this do happen," said one British official. "It's an American Disneyland. It's pure-make believe," said an American contractor. Several thousand Iraqis remained in private residences near the palace, however they largely kept to themselves.
At the Green Zone Cafe, the scene of one of the blasts, soldiers and US officials could eat hamburgers and drink beer while watching American football. "You could go there and find two hundred people stacking beer cans up to the ceiling. It was the place to go to party. There's nothing else to do here," said one senior US contractor.
The blasts are certain to provoke a further exodus of the western technicians desperately needed to oversee projects to improve the lives of ordinary Iraqis.http://www.telegraph.../ixnewstop.html