March 26, 2003

It's not going to be ok, not at all. There's going to be a lot of civilian deaths, there's going to be a lot of dead American kids over there.

This may not be news per se, but it's just that it's becoming clear, it's not like the Iraqi people -- or their generals -- are idiots. Any more than the Viet Cong were. All of this much on my mind after reading, for example, this:

According to satellite reconnaissance it seems likely that the Iraqis had time to remove the captured Apache Longbow attack helicopter of the 11th Aviation Regiment. The pieces remaining at the landing site following a US bombing strike indicate that the bombs hit a crudely constructed mockup.

Every time I read about stuff like that the Iraqis pull off, I think, yes, well that's exactly what any of us would have done. That's not a good sign, because what the Iraqis do is working. Calculate the cost alone of that helicopter and two precision guided missiles. No tax rebate this year, count on that.

It's a grim view, and not the one on the news, in general. But that quote -- and this whole grimness in general, actually -- are from -- a russian site that seems to have a more direct line on the bad news as it rolls in. Bad news being, in this case, real news. Maybe.


Posted by kevin slavin at March 26, 2003 11:51 PM

I concur. Wasn't it some thirteen score years ago that we did the same to the Redcoats?

What I have read on the shocking flaws in this administration's judgements (here and here and here) makes me wonder at what point they're going to drop the M.O.A.B. on Baghdad.

Misunderstimated indeed.

Posted by: tmonkey on March 27, 2003 12:16 AM

It's true. In a street fight, pretty much anything goes, no holds barred. And in the Colonial period, it was always fun to laugh at the colonizer's adherence to "gentlemanly" rules of fair play (plus the stuffy outfits, their stopping for tea, their penchant for marching in straight lines or squares). They were coming to "civilize us" after all.

Yes, why follow the Geneva Convention at all? Especially after we steamrolled over the U.N. We know Sadaam's definitely not adhering to those arbitrary notions. It's all he's got really, against our no-contact warfare.

I think you're onto something with "moral infrastructure" but I think it's more for our troops than it is for anyone else. If we don't demand discipline from our army, we're a step away from things like genocide and war atrocities, and the pot would get awfully black.

Posted by: tmonkey on March 27, 2003 08:41 AM
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