Yesterday the Ministry of Interior said they'd clear the streets of beggars, the mentally disabled and the mentally disturbed.
The plan was to make sure the bombing that took 99 lives on Feb. 1 would not be repeated. Officials say the two female suicide bombers were duped by Al Qaida into blowing themselves up. First the U.S. military said they appeared to have Down Syndrome based on the images of their damaged heads, blown from their bodies. Then, the U.S. military said they suffered from schizophrenia and depression. Later this month in a seperate attack, a woman who "looked like a beggar" according to officials, approached a shop front shrouded in her dusty Abaya, a long flowing black cloak, and blew herself up in central Baghdad.
So what was the solution? To round them all up and put them in shelters, hospitals or jail. Today the intersections of central Baghdad, where forlorn women and their young children typically pawn candy, gum, tissues or balloons were empty. The spokesman at the Ministry of Interior said they took no one off the streets. They all stayed home today.