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    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

  • #2
    or more like this ?

    U.S. Convoy Is Ambushed in Iraq, Wounding Several Soldiers

    Filed at 3:34 p.m. ET

    NEAR BALAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Guerrillas ambushed a U.S. convoy in the hostile region north of Baghdad Sunday, wounding several soldiers, as a new U.S. mission was launched to hunt for Saddam Hussein loyalists blamed for recent attacks

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    "The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose."

    Henry Alfred Kissinger


    • #3
      I think it would be a mischaracterization to classify all these forces as "Saddam Loyalists." There are alot of people there who don't trust us, and feel we are there to oppress them. They are fighting for those reasons. The ideal that Saddam was so loved people will continue to fight for him seems to be counter to the man we saw.

      The Iraqis are fighting for their own vision of Iraq which they believe we will impede. On the one hand, that statement suggest our mission is complete. Saddam will never be allowed to take power again. On the otherhand, the truth is we want Iraq to look a certain way. That doesn't mean we're wrong. However, such a motivation dictates resistance.

      These sweep and clear operations are rarely productive. We're out there calling every man with a gun after a specific time, an Saddam supporter. Most of these people likely took guns handed out them for other reasons rather than to fight Americans. Kicking in doors and carrying people off to prison certainly improves the odds those weapons will be used to kill our troops.

      The US should work extra hard to cooperate with locals. More often than not, the majority will support a non-hostile force as along as you don't disrespect them or oppress their opinion. Things like townhall meetings, election for community representatives, etc all can be done on a more informal basis now to build bridges later.

      My greatest concern before the war was the US would go in without a clear and educated plan. We know how to conduct a successful nation-building operation. However, politicians are often so influenced by their own agendas, they ignore common sense. The operation in Iraq to build a stable nation that actually is a bullworth against Islamic fanaticism is possible without oppressing the people of Iraq. Yet it's easy to get off that road.

      Based on what's coming in from the frontlines, things are messed up out there. Though not as bad as Somalia or Vietnam, if we don't always check to ensure we're on the right path, we'll venture into the hell those names are associated with.
      "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."-Christopher Dawson - The Judgement of Nations, 1942


      • #4
        Re: Picture from Iraqi Intifada

        Originally posted by MonsterZero

        Why are they putting there hands in the air ? They could use the weapons lying at their feet. Ooops there are NO weapos at their feet, they are unarmed. Easy pickings.


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