TV weathermen predicted Friday would be the start of a glorious weekend — perfect for throwing open upstairs windows and barbecuing in the backyard.A few weeks earlier, I was having some email exchanges with the NYT's James Glanz about his Alley Theory of Iraq: that Iraqi's were reacting just as Glanz's fellow Chicagoans would if Iraqi troops were patrolling Chicago's allys.
Angry people with scores to settle, though, had other ideas. The flurry of bullets they unleashed during a deadly 59 hours, from 12:50 p.m. on April 18 to 11:25 p.m. on April 20, sent beat cops scurrying to a blur of calls of “shots fired.”
In all, 40 people were shot. Seven died. Seven children were shot, five of them out after curfew. And by Monday, a national media spotlight focused on the blood spilled in the streets of Chicago.
I thought better analogy was to our mobs and gangs as forces equivelent to the Sadrists occupying our neighborhoods, and everyone hunkered in their bungalows and two flats praying for an Iraqi Army like the one that cleaned out Basra to drive out the thugs.
It's going to take more than M-4's for Chicago cops to drive out the hoodlums. It's going to take strategy. We need a General Petreaus.