posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 04:47 AM
To be completely honest, and this is just my speculation, I don't believe the death toll is being under reported. The modern squad based tactics of
urban combat keep potential casualties to a minimum, coupled with the advanced training and equipment our troops use it's easy to believe the
relatively low numbers. The enemy combatants are poorly trained and poorly armed in relation, many returning troops describe arabic tactics as
"Spray and pray", that is, they unload their clip and hope Allah guides the bullets.
Every death is an avoidable tragedy but we are no longer in the days when we send waves of soldiers at machine gun nests. In Iraq combat is localized
and generally constituting a small number of combatants. Many of the succesful Muslim attacks consist of car or truck bombings, land mines, and RPGs.
I may be a bit biased but I believe one four man fire team can take out many times it's number in enemy combatants. Case in point, the incident in
Mogadeeshu as portrayed in Black Hawk Down, a few fire teams (all be it Delta Force) managed to not only survive but eliminate a large number of
enemies while under constant attack from the entire city. Granted, the Delta Force teams lost a few members, but each proved himself worth 50 enemies
People need to have more faith in our troops