Sunday, July 24, 2005

More Barbed Wire? 

A Palestinian security officer exercises during a training session in a compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, July 21, 2005. The Palestinian Authority is training 5,000 new officers who will be deployed in areas that Israel will evacuate during its planned withdrawal from the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip later this summer. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
The Palestinian "security officer" is supposedly being trained to be a glorified security guard, making sure nobody takes anything from the abandonded property that PA mucky-mucks have already allocated to themselves. The job should include standing around, holding a gun, and not saying anything stupid about anyone important.

So what's with all the barbed-wire crawling drills? It seems there isn't a PA policeman or security guard alive who hasn't been highly trained in this critical discipline. Where exactly are they expecting this skill to come in handy?

NOTE: this is a rhetorical question, but if you need a hint, try this for a start.
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