posted on Dec, 3 2005 @ 12:23 PM
Originally posted by Dronetek
I'm pretty sure the guys blowing up car bombs in the middle of crowded streets are the ones responsible for most of the civilian casualties. As
someone who has been there I know we take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties.
Well I would say recently the civilian casualties have been more on the side of the inssurgents
almost 8000 from january 2005 to june.
But in the whole history of the war you have to look at who has had more firepower at their disposal. While the insurgents can employ a variety of
IEDs, motars, and RPGs and certainly in alot of numbers, we have the backing of the full gammit of military hardware from at4s to 2,000lbs bombs
dropped by f-16s.
While im sure you and your unit took as much precaution as possible to avoid unessesary deaths, you also must have had to operate under force
protection guidelines that dictate a strong response to threats. The disperportionate distribution of power between the U.S forces and the insurgency
creates a situation that will cause more damage when we strike back than when they hit us.
Now perhaps in your situation things were not as hectic, it would be very informative if you could describe where you operated and what kind of
experiences you had both good and bad.
Im in the Guard, and before my time is up I know I will deploy. Perhaps my idea of iraq will change when Im there. However, What im describing now
does not come from being an "arm chair general" it comes from everything that I have discussed with people from my unit who were in Ramadi from may
2003 to March 2004. They are not accounts of bloodthirsty soldiers or even careless and reckless ones, but rather of professional and diciplined
people who were put in a bad situation with little information, and unclear rules and guidelines.
I look forward to knowing your story,