War, because war is fun to watch.
Even the name of the operation is a sugar coated cliche, "Operation Phantom Fury", the name has little relevance to the operation at all but will be
endlessly repeated by media whores for the next month. Fox will have 4 way camera's and talking heads explaining why we're doing the right thing
there. As will all the other media organisations. Or they may go quiet, knowing the inevitable casualty list for this invasion may be a little too
high to broadcast on the milquetoast news summaries. Show the Peterson trial instead, or dredge up some old Kobe video and splice it with the
Water-Skiing squirrel. Murkans love that.
15,000 Troops surround the city equipped with the most technologically advanced weapons systems known to man ready to confront an insurgency armed
with an arsenal of Soviet era weapons and improvised explosive devices. Carbombs, mines, bombs and other goodies await the forces entering the city
from all directions. The insurgents are slowly being cornered and that is not wise to do to a type of fighter that will readily blow themselves up
taking their own life as well as others. On the city streets Air & Naval power is useless... this is what war really boils down to.
A cold, hard fight to kill the other guy done street by street, building by building and even body by body. War on a battlefield such as this will be
fought with a level of intensity that long term casualties may be unbearable for both sides. Over 1,000 American troops are already dead, what would
you say if that number jumped by 250 in one day? Maybe even one hour?. Oh, they don't care about the intensity and that's just a lie because
"they" don't care about casualties, "they" don't care about people and "they" are just inhuman monsters, right? It feels safe to think like
that doesn't it?
We're so afraid to think that they, they being the insurgents, freedom fighters or whatever you may wish to call them are just like us. They're
humans, with families and jobs and commitments who want to govern themselves as they see fit. A theocracy based on torture, suppression of rights and
absolute rule of the leaders does not appeal to us, well, unless they are Saudi's. Then it's ok, because the Saudi's are just like us, right?
Shock & Awe is unleashed on Fallujah and it will make no difference, this type of combat has changed little since the days of Stalingrad and the
battles of World War 2. With all the technology in the world you can't sustain a rule, you need to put the boots on the ground to do the grunt work
and thats where it gets messy. Humans tend to interfere with the process. Theres no strategies to hold the city either as the war plan relies solely
on killing as many insurgents as possible. If these insurgents escape then they'll move to another city and take up arms there.
Infantry will have to go across the city on a room by room level sweeping them for insurgents. Every room is a potential deathtrap to a soldier. That
soldier is someones son. Theres going to be alot of calls made after this operation.
Do you even KNOW what you're supporting? A war that was based on lies and deception of false weapons that didn't exist. And what did we get in
response? Saddam Hussein is a bad bad man who killed hundreds of thousands of his own citizens. Do you think this is EVER going to stop? It's not
going to stop because they don't want what we're giving them. After the election is all done and dusted we can all sit down and ignore what's going
on as President Bush gives another "Mission Accomplished" speech. But it will only be a matter of days before someone tries to assassinate the
President and his cabinet.
Some don't believe it, but this war will also have costs in increased terrorism domestically. New Terrorists and fundamentalist sympathisers are
being trained every day to hate America for the actions in Iraq. Before Sept 11th Al-Qaeda was limited to trained cells but with the actions of
America and the coalition of the willing it has become an ideology that many willingly follow. I'm not an economist either so I can't put a figure
on the war but I do know it cost money that could have been spent elsewhere.
Thanks George, Thanks Tony. Now Saddam and his loyalists are now responsible for the deaths of 1000+ Americans and Brits on top of that pile of
Iraqi's and we're responsible for the deaths of 100,000+ civilians.
Was it worth it? War never is.