Reminiscent of that video last year of Iraqi troops putting the boots to Sunni insurgents: It’s comforting to see the good guys in control, disquieting in how it leaves you wondering how “good” they really are. It’s tempting to excuse this on grounds that rough justice is better than no justice, or that transforming Iraqi forces from Saddam’s goon squad to a professional force is after all a process, so I’m sending you to watch it at Blackfive to see what U.S. soldiers think of it. Taking back Basra from Iran’s mafia? Ten steps forward. Using the equivalent of heads on pikes to impose order? One step back. Click the image to watch.

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