Tuesday, February 25, 2003

A "Navy Junior" reflects on the beginning of the war

The Village Voice: Features: Dying for War by Alisa Solomon
Must read article.

The latest battle strategy would, as its title insists, "Shock and Awe" Iraq by dropping as many as 800 "smart" cruise missiles on that country in two days—more than twice the number of missiles launched during the entire 40 days of the 1991 Gulf War. Late last month, the architect of Shock and Awe, military strategist Harlan Ullman, gloated to the press about the effect being "rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima." Such an attack would "take the city down," he said, wiping out the water and power supplies in Baghdad. "In two, three, four, five days, they are physically, emotionally, and psychologically exhausted."

So, we do a "surgical" war, where our military are doing bombing raids that keeps them safe, but kills hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians? I don't want to see any of our people die, but for Pete's sake - get in there on the ground and fight fair and square. It's no wonder the whole world thinks we value American lives over Muslim (and other non-American, non-White) lives. We do.

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