I am against George Bush going to Fallujah to boost troop morale and try to win the hearts and minds of the mean Iraqis.
I am against this because this place I work for will send me to Fallujah, too.
The four civilians who were carved, burned to a crisp, dragged, with two of them left hanging from a bridge, in Fallujah, were security guards from Blackwater USA, an employment agency in Moyock, N.C., that ships former soldiers and police officers out to anywhere from Outer Banks resorts to Fallujah.
Blackwater is on a 6,000-acre compound and its centerpiece is Are You Ready High. In it, police forces and security guards simulate school standoffs, which in the Blackwater mentality is what happened at Columbine High.
It did not. Columbine consisted of two young degenerates who got their hands on a lot of guns in a town where guns are sold like candy bars and shot so many with them. If they couldn't buy guns, they would have had to go after the students with their hands, and that might not have been fun for them.
Blackwater gets a lot of money for security guards to go to Fallujah, but not quite enough for what happened yesterday. The company executives were under the desks yesterday and thus the amounts Blackwater guards in Fallujah were paid was unavailable.
The dead security guards are a symbol of the deep ignorance that runs through this country as we find ourselves in the first war in American history that is not being fought against another country.
Al-Qaida is not a nation. It has nothing to do with the country of Iraq or of Afghanistan or Yemen or Bali or Saudi Arabia or the Sudan or the other places around the world where it exists. Al-Qaida makes explosives in those countries and it arms members and plans how to kill, and it worships. The last is perhaps the most important of all. In this war, ideology and religion are the enemies. There is no Germany or Russia. There is only our enemy, beliefs of others. You don't fight these opponents by
using a map and planning attacks by air and land. The opponents are everywhere. You attack and come up against a bucket of steam.
"A danger to us is technological hucksterism," the book "Technology and War" notes. William S. Lind of a group of active army officers who write papers warning of our useless armaments, writes. "Coming up with Madison Avenue slogans to sell new weapons proclaiming that they fundamentally change warfare is a delusion. The enemy cannot be overcome by simply killing them. Their deaths mean martyrdom. Where they fall, dozens and hundreds spring up to take their places. They cannot be overcome solely
through firepower attrition. Waging conflict with massive firepower and high technology are the hallmarks of the Great Satan to the Islamics."
If more attention would have been given to the fighting in Northern Ireland, it might have been noted that the Irish Republican Army, or Provos, or whatever the title they used, had three-man cells, one not knowing what the other was doing, and the operation had its most success with perhaps 75 members. Mitchell McLaughlin, who was the third in charge, said that "Twelve people can hold down Northern Ireland."
They fought on beliefs. The desire for a country of their own was at the bottom of it, but the British troops, who could not win, were not fighting against a country. They were in with the worst enemies, religion and ideology.
George Bush, who more and more appears incapable of enough thought to lead this nation, talks about Operation Iraqi Freedom and how we have placed on the field the greatest army known to man. He and those around him seem oblivious to guerrillas. What is Iraqi freedom to them? They are Islamic and they want us slaughtered wherever we are. The American answer is weapons, Bush says. The generals acquire in delight. They cannot wait to spend more billions on tanks and bombers that are useless.
And except for yesterday's news, the deaths in Iraq have gone on, day by day, virtually unnoticed in the reporting of the day's news in newspapers and on television. The names of the five soldiers and four civilian security guards were unavailable as this was being written.
We list the names of some of the last dead to be reported. From now on, the list here will be kept faithfully.
Sgt. Tracy L. Laramore, 30, of lst Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany, died March 17 of injuries when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle flipped into a river. Home, Okaloosa, Fla.
Pfc. Brandon C. Smith, 20. Home, Washington, Ark.
Pfc. Ricky A. Morris Jr., 20. Home, Lubbock, Texas.
Both assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, lst Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Wentz Jerome Henry Shanaberger III, 33, Army's 21st Military Police Company, 16th Military Police Brigade, XVIIIth Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. Died March 24 when he came under attack by small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. Home, Naples, Fla.
Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess, 20, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif. Died March 25 from enemy fire at Fallujah. Home, Plymouth, Mass.
Lance Cpl. Andrew S. Dang, 20, lst Combat Engineer Battalion, lst Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Died March 22 of hostile fire near Ar Ramady, Iraq, Home, Foster City, Calif.
Sgt. Ivy L. Phipps, 44, 1544th Transportation Company, Illinois Army National Guard, Paris, Ill. Died March 17 in Baghdad in a mortar attack. Home, Chicago.
Pfc. Jason C. Ludlam, 22, of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, lst Infantry Division, based in Vilseck, Germany, died March 17 when he was electrocuted while laying telephone wires in Ba'qubah, Iraq. Home, Arlington, Texas.
Pfc. Christopher E. Hudson, 21, of 2nd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Died March 21 in Baghdad when his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device. Home, Carmel, Ind.
Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield, 24, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Home, Summit, Ohio.
Cpl. David M. Vicente, 25, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Home, Methuen, Mass.
Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr., 21, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Home is Houston.
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