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(NPR)   Police are slashing car tires in Kabul to prevent terrorists from stealing cars and putting bombs inside them   (npr.org ) divider line 25
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2014-01-20 08:52:49 PM  
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2014-01-20 08:54:19 PM  
Translation: "It'd be a shame if anything happened to your car at night, maybe you should pay the 'night registration fee'" so we know your car is safe.
 
2014-01-20 08:54:33 PM  
That doesn't even begin to make sense.  It doesn't actually prevent terrorists from getting working cars, and it pisses tons of people off.  There has to be another reason.  Could there be some reason the government wants the populace to be less mobile right now?
 
2014-01-20 08:54:54 PM  
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2014-01-20 08:57:56 PM  
This will be the new anti crime initiative in Detroit by next week
 
2014-01-20 09:01:27 PM  

Pribar: This will be the new anti crime initiative in Detroit by next week


They don't always steal the whole car in Detroit.  Sometimes parting it out works for them too.  If you value your car, wait with it when it breaks down till the wrecker shows up.  If you don't, wheels and other parts will be missing.
 
2014-01-20 09:08:24 PM  
Sounds like these victims doth protest a bit too much. Is this little inconvenience keeping them from doing something *important* ?? Like blowing up a school?

Guilty.
 
2014-01-20 09:09:28 PM  

Emposter: That doesn't even begin to make sense.  It doesn't actually prevent terrorists from getting working cars, and it pisses tons of people off.  There has to be another reason.  Could there be some reason the government wants the populace to be less mobile right now?


You think enough people in Kabul depend on cars for that to be the reason? If slashing tires doesn't stop terrorists from getting cars, it's not going to stop the small percentage of people with cars from having them, either.
 
2014-01-20 09:14:13 PM  
www.atlantaintownpaper.com

Just have Halliburton ship over a few million "Freedom Boots" on Americas dime.

/ problem solved
 
2014-01-20 09:14:13 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Emposter: That doesn't even begin to make sense.  It doesn't actually prevent terrorists from getting working cars, and it pisses tons of people off.  There has to be another reason.  Could there be some reason the government wants the populace to be less mobile right now?

You think enough people in Kabul depend on cars for that to be the reason? If slashing tires doesn't stop terrorists from getting cars, it's not going to stop the small percentage of people with cars from having them, either.


It will stop a portion of people with cars.  The terrorists can just go find a car with unslashed tires.  The article indicates that only a portion of cars get their tires slashed each night.  Normal people can't just grab someone elses car that didn't get slashed during the night.

It could be something else though.  Perhaps it's the protection racket mentioned above.  Maybe the police chief's cousin owns a tire shop.
 
2014-01-20 09:24:32 PM  
Why aren't they slashing the heads off terrorists?
 
2014-01-20 09:28:13 PM  
Hey, unlike those divining wands they were buying for $75k each, this could possibly keep terrorists from stealing cars to make into bombs.

Also, why would you STEAL a car you're going to make into a car bomb? The last thing you want is to be busted ridin' dirty when you're trying to sneak a bomb up close to a target.
 
2014-01-20 09:33:44 PM  
Should take advice from Jello and put LSD on them, that would put an end to..well most things for at least 6-8 hours
 
2014-01-20 09:38:27 PM  
I'm waiting for the follow up story where a cop got killed by an angry car owner who caught him slashing tires.

Who broke the law? The cop for destroying private property, or the citizen for protecting his own property?
 
2014-01-20 09:46:05 PM  

strangeluck: I'm waiting for the follow up story where a cop got killed by an angry car owner who caught him slashing tires.

Who broke the law? The cop for destroying private property, or the citizen for protecting his own property?


at this point over there the law is whatever the group with the most guns and willingness to use em says it is
 
2014-01-20 09:52:48 PM  

Pribar: strangeluck: I'm waiting for the follow up story where a cop got killed by an angry car owner who caught him slashing tires.

Who broke the law? The cop for destroying private property, or the citizen for protecting his own property?

at this point over there the law is whatever the group with the most guns and willingness to use em says it is


Whaddaya mean "at this point"?
 
2014-01-20 10:13:28 PM  

strangeluck: I'm waiting for the follow up story where a cop got killed by an angry car owner who caught him slashing tires.

Who broke the law? The cop for destroying private property, or the citizen for protecting his own property?


Americans know it is the citizen who broke the law, and his little dog too.
 
2014-01-20 10:22:08 PM  
I think the point is to make people lock their cars up at night rather than leave them on the street.
 
2014-01-20 10:44:28 PM  
I think this quote might tell a little more truth too.

That's welcome news to mechanics like Musafir Nabizadah. He's quite happy with the policy

I can only imagine the "politics" of a Afghan mechanic.  I wonder if they are just as redneck as ours, I bet money they are.
 
2014-01-20 10:50:23 PM  
Thank you George Bush for fighting the real perpetrators of 9/11(Wahhabi Saudis) these last 14 years in Afghanistan and counting.
 
2014-01-20 11:44:32 PM  
And the authorities by engaging in the destruction of public property are in no way driving individuals into increased sympathy for the Taliban and other militia's fighting the government.  Winning hearts and minds of the public, one slashed tire at a time.
 
2014-01-20 11:59:27 PM  

Emposter: That doesn't even begin to make sense.  It doesn't actually prevent terrorists from getting working cars, and it pisses tons of people off.  There has to be another reason.  Could there be some reason the government wants the populace to be less mobile right now?


No - I've been there, and sadly, this is exactly how intelligent Afghans are in general...
 
2014-01-21 01:26:14 AM  
In other news. Bad guys respond by placing bombs in cars so police go boom when they try to slash the tires to prevent them from using the cars.
 
2014-01-21 01:45:45 AM  

kd8our: I think this quote might tell a little more truth too.

That's welcome news to mechanics like Musafir Nabizadah. He's quite happy with the policy

I can only imagine the "politics" of a Afghan mechanic.  I wonder if they are just as redneck as ours, I bet money they are.


I would think auto mechanics are pretty much the same everywhere. "You say you want your oil changed? Looks like you'll need a complete engine overhaul and power train replacement too..."
 
2014-01-21 03:22:33 AM  
Ah. This must have been going on for some time. I remember reading about someone who came back from there with PTSD, saying that beaters with new tires were frequently car bombs. Now I know why.
Congrats, idiots--terrorists see a car with flatted tires sporting new tires the next day, know what it tells them? That car is drivable...and hence, stealable. Hell, get a buddy at the tire store to run the keys through the key duplicator, and bam-easy money, thanks for forcing that driver to take his ride to the shop!
 
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