Can you guess where this event is took place?
By Friday evening, the checkpoints were gone from ________________, leaving residents to ponder...after nearly a week of intense police attention.
...______________ was on lockdown for six days, until Thursday, as __________ tried to end a spate of shootings by setting up checkpoints where all occupants of vehicles were required to prove that they had a legitimate reason to enter the area. The police said they had stopped vehicles because most of the killings were drive-by shootings...
...“Why don’t they check some of these guys standing on the corners, run them out of our neighborhood?” Ms. _______ asked, gesturing toward a cluster of young men nearby.
Police checkpoints are not uncommon, but the Police Department’s demand for people’s names and the telephone numbers of their destinations brought national attention.
...the Police Department declared the initiative a success. The police said they made one arrest, turned away 46 vehicles and stopped more than 700 vehicles at 10 checkpoints. And, most important, there were no killings over the six days.
Officials have left open the possibility of additional checkpoints...
Checkpoints. Lockdown. Police checking phone numbers.
Are we in Israel?
In Samaria? Judea? Shiloh?
This took place this past week in...Washington, D.C. Really!
And why did I quiz you?
Because Condi Rice is harping on checkpoints harrassing Arabs whose quality of life is injured (see here for a story from last month).
Now, think about it. Condi Rice is from Washington. Maybe she should complain to her boss about the woeful state of her fellow municipal residents, instead of bothering Israel?
Maybe she should stop tooting her off-key horn.