"I want arrests and I am telling you to use water cannons without holding back. Don't call me, just use the cannons. S__t on them. Let them burn. Use the cannons and batons. Hit them on their lower body and work the way you know how."
"I know these Haredim...I want arrests, arrests is what will break them...I am not a whore who opens her legs... that they will learn."
So spoke Brigadier General Niso Shaham, police commander for the Negev region who first barred the demonstration from taking place and then tried to crush it. He will not lose his job or his post though. For his incompetence in speaking out loud where he could be recorded by a reporter, what was on the minds and in the hearts of Sharon's henchmen, there will be a reprimand and later to be followed by a promotion.
Shaham who once headed police forces in Yerushalayim, renowned for their brutality to protesters and their contempt for the law particularly under the Rabin\Peres\Barak era such as beating Women in Green members and then arrested them for assaulting police officers, is the epitome of what Sharon seeks, compliant thugs to enforce the rulings of his regime.
One of my previous post produced outraged reactions from one pair of bloggers who ranted that I was slandering the police. I am not slandering the police. If anything I am being too kind. The police received orders from their commander to brutalize and abuse men, women and children. They followed those orders as much as they could and they will go on following those orders.
Niso Shaham showed his true face and he is no exception to the rule. His behavior will go unpunished. His achievements in suppressing protests that might impede Sharon's criminal and illegal acts will be praised.