Sunday, April 17, 2005


Iraq = Southeast Asia, Part 324356565

Atrios mentions the latest unpleasantnesses in the country which we liberated against the will of its inhabitants. Here's a choice set of paragraphs in the story he cites:

Iraqi security forces raided a town in central Iraq on Sunday where Sunni militants were holding dozens of Shiite Muslims hostage and threatening to kill them unless all Shiites left the area, an Iraqi official said. Elsewhere, three American soldiers were killed and seven service members wounded overnight when insurgents fired mortar rounds at a U.S. Marine base near Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday. Residents said dozens of armed militants had tried to force their way into Camp Blue Diamond and that some suffered casualties. The attackers fled into a nearby mosque and were pursued by Iraqi security forces, but no insurgents were found there, the U.S. military said.
Gee, and last week I couldn't turn on the evening news without being told how the insurgency was supposedly on its last legs. These people are directing rocket attacks at Marine bases, and they've got enough trained bodies now that they're willing not just to toss a few bombs around, but to actually try to engage the Marines in something resembling one-on-one combat. Like Gilliard says, this is 1971 all over again. Except in the desert instead of the jungle.

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