Protect Yourself


With the occupiers unable to restore order to Iraq, The New York Times' John Tierney reports, the natives are turning to private and voluntary arrangements, from militias to security companies.

Good for them. I've got a question, though. Just a few months ago, we kept reading articles that said weapons ownership in Iraq was as widespread as it is in America. Now Tierney says Saddam "forbade private citizens to carry weapons, effectively outlawing the security industry." So what was the law?