September 30, 2004


Those brave Iraqi insurgents ... are they Minutemen, as Michael Moore claims, or are they Confederates?

Iraqi security forces captured a suspected terrorist operating on Baghdad’s blood-soaked Haifa street – cornering him today in a cupboard as he was disguising himself with his wife’s underwear.

Five other suspected insurgents were also taken into custody as US and Iraqi forces clashed with rebels on the main street, said Colonel Mohammed Abdullah.

Acting on tips by local residents, Abdullah said Iraqi security troops backed by Us forces caught Kadhim al-Dafan as he hid out in his home. The suspected terrorist reportedly told Abdullah he was hurriedly trying to disguise himself with his wife’s underclothing.

Whoa! Shades of Jefferson Davis.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 30, 2004 03:52 AM

I don't know if I can support a nation that oppresses the transgendered.

Posted by: Bob Pence at September 30, 2004 at 03:57 AM

So in light of what went on at Abu Ghraib, if he put his wife's underwear on his head to disguise himself, does that count as self-torture? Can we get a ruling on this?

Posted by: DanG at September 30, 2004 at 04:09 AM

Note these sentences from your link about Jefferson Davis:

"Davis, of course, told quite a different story, claiming to have picked up his wife's raglan by mistake in the dark as he left their tent to investigate the sound of approaching horsemen. Varina Davis was said to have compounded the problem by throwing her shawl around his shoulders...Although history has shown that Davis's version of events was probably correct..."

Davis could be a case study for political ineptness by a chief executive as compared to Lincoln, but he was a West Point graduate who served with great distinction and personal courage in the Mexican War.

Nor did he countenance the use of bloody and murderous guerrilla tactics to prolong the conflict at the end of the US civil war (as he well could have).

He doesn't deserve a comparison to these Islamist denizens of the heart of darkness, even one meant to be humourous. I doubt if he would recognize himself in them in any way (nor they in him).

Posted by: Paul H. at September 30, 2004 at 04:45 AM

Jeff was no terrorist.

Posted by: Donnah at September 30, 2004 at 07:52 AM

Nor did he countenance the use of bloody and murderous guerrilla tactics to prolong the conflict at the end of the US civil war (as he well could have).

No, he simply countenanced the use of bloody and murderous guerrilla tactics during the civil war. Read about the bloody exploits of Quantrill's men in Kansas or John Mosby's men in Northern Virginia. In fact, one of the reasons the confederacy didn't resort to guerilla warfare at the end was because the Union's most ruthless generals, such as Sherman, had cut their teeth on suppressing guerrilla tactics. Lee understood full well what further devastation the south would have faced when he rejected the guerrilla option just before surrendering at Appomattox.

Posted by: Jason Stokes at September 30, 2004 at 02:55 PM

I wonder what the Imam has to say about this? Is it ok to wear women's clothes if you're hiding from the enemy or is it a sin punishable by stoning?

Posted by: Art Vandelay at September 30, 2004 at 03:42 PM

Art: the wife gets stoned. The husband gets off with forty lashes (commuted pending completion of forty hours community service stacking books in the local library).

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