Wednesday, August 18, 2004


No wonder things in Iraq are going so swimmingly

An article in the Jerusalem Post picked up by Common Dreams indicates that the US is training in Israel under the instruction of the IDF in urban and guerilla warfare response tactics. This is not really a new thing for the US military since 9/11.
In November last year, US generals visited Israel to study tactics adopted by the IDF in its ongoing war against terror. A report in the New York Times claimed US military officials were studying the tactics and strategy used by IDF forces operating in the West Bank and Gaza within densely populated Palestinian areas.

US Army officials later adopted the IDF's policy of demolishing houses belonging to terrorists suspected of attacking US troops in Iraq, set up checkpoints similar to those in the West Bank, deployed sniffer dogs to seek out explosives, and in a number of cases arrested relatives of terror suspects to glean information.
Well, that's just great. First of all, home demolitions are despicable acts of collective punishment. You will never be able to justify them to me - especially for people suspected of attacking US troops in Iraq. A little proof might be in order, don't ya think? Second of all, how on earth can the US military expect to be recieved as anything more than hostile occupiers if this is what they are going to do? These tactics haven't helped the Israelis work things out with the Palestinians. Not to mention the fact that involving yourself so closely with the IDF is a sure-fire way to piss people off and alienate yourself from them in the Middle East to begin with. And you know the Arab press is going to pick up on this. It seems that every step the US takes puts it at a more and more adversarial and confrontational relationship with the Iraqi people. What a disaster!

Veteran's Day is November 11th and I hope that EVERY American will be flying the flag in honor of our troops fighting in Iraq and around the world to preserve our freedoms!

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Semper Fi!

Bill Adams
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