Report: Bremer fires 28,000 teachers

Another one for the "Iraq - Incompetence in Occupation" file:
American's top man in Baghdad, L. Paul Bremer, last week fired 28,000 Iraqi teachers as political punishment for their former membership in the Saddam Hussein-dominated Baath Party, fueling anti-U.S. resistance on the ground, administration officials have told United Press International.

The Central Command spokesman attributed the firings to "tough, new anti-Baath Party measures" recently passed by the U.S.-created Iraqi Governing Council, dominated by Ahmed Chalabi, a favorite of administration hawks in the White House and Pentagon.
Now that Bremer has fired so many teachers, who will teach in all of these freshly painted schoolhouses?

Of course, the "tough, new anti-Baath" measures didn't extend to former security service personnel, who probably would have been more responsible for the gross human rights violations of the Saddam era than a bunch of teachers.

I wonder what these new thousands of unemployed will be doing with their time?

(Link via The Agonist)

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