Monday, November 15, 2004

Liberating Fallujah

According to this article, the Coalition kill ratio in Fallujah has moved from 26-1 as I noted earlier, to 27-1.

But, it should also be noted, that the numbers of insurgent deaths varies highly. This source has the number at 1200 but I’ve saw others peg it at 1600 which would bring the kill ratio to 36-1.

Against an entrenched, fanatical foe, in an urban setting that benefits the guerilla fighter, with civilians also present. Nothing short of amazing, really.

And if you were wondering what will be the picture we will remember the American effort in Fallujah by, its this one. The guys only 20 years old, but already a man's man and a veritable American hero.

But this picture is also nice, and incredibly poignant as well, as a needed bit of closure for the abominable mutilation of Americans that took place earlier in Fallujah, with the hanging of charred bodies from a bridge. Semper Fi, indeed.

But wait, I keep forgeting, these insurgents aren’t the enemy, they are the glorious peoples revolution that want to liberate Iraq from the American Oppressor. Because:
Flyposters still litter the walls bearing all manner of decrees from insurgent commanders, to be heeded on pain of death. Amid the rubble of the main shopping street, one decree bearing the insurgents’ insignia - two Kalashnikovs propped together - and dated November 1 gives vendors three days to remove nine market stalls from outside the city’s library or face execution.

The pretext given is that the rebels wanted to convert the building into a headquarters for the “Mujahidin Advisory Council” through which they ran the city.

‘Cause, you know, eminent domain is a legitimate part of any government. Even the one’s that are run by psychopaths.

Another poster in the ruins of the souk bears testament to the strict brand of Sunni Islam imposed by the council, fronted by hardline cleric Abdullah Junabi. The decree warns all women that they must cover up from head to toe outdoors, or face execution by the armed militants who controlled the streets.

Two female bodies found yesterday suggest such threats were far from idle. An Arab woman, in a violet nightdress, lay in a post-mortem embrace with a male corpse in the middle of the street. Both bodies had died from bullets to the head. Just six metres away on the same street lay the decomposing corpse of a blonde-haired white woman, too disfigured for swift identification but presumed to be the body of one of the many foreign hostages kidnapped by the rebels.

Covering up just can't be stressed enough. Did you know that, according to statistics which sound authentic, 73% of people suffer skin problems related to ultraviolet radiation? You really can't be too careful with something like this.

update: And lest you think the previous argument of the Iraqi insurgency as some benevolent resistance is a straw-man argument, read this piece of filth by Helen “Where’s my cat?” Thomas. Or, even better, just take my word for it, as I wouldn’t suggest you subject yourself to the contents at the other end of that link. The internet is a dark, dangerous place and I don't want to be responsible for sending you down a back alley filled with raging leftists enraged that the Fuhrer Chimpy McSmirksmirk re-stoled the election with the timely assistance of diebold, bigots and satellite mind rays.

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