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Friday, September 15, 2006

So Who Writes The Rules Of Engagement?

It has come to light that the Army passed up attacking a group of Taliban that had congregated for a funeral, because they were at a cemetary. Back in June, a Predator drone revealed the group, but no attack ensued.

"During the observation of the group over a significant period of time, it was determined that the group was located on the grounds of (the) cemetery and were likely conducting a funeral for Taliban insurgents killed in a coalition operation nearby earlier in the day," the statement said. "A decision was made not to strike this group of insurgents at that specific location and time."

It's stuff like this that gets me riled up to no end. Wars are not fought to be nice. They should be fought to win. It seems the lessons of Vietnam have been forgotten. If the enemy fighting you is using certain tactics that are effective, one should use those same tactics when feasible to even the playing field. Instead here is our reaction:

While not giving a reason for the decision, the military concluded the statement saying that while Taliban forces have killed innocent civilians during a funeral, coalition forces "hold themselves to a higher moral and ethical standard than their enemies."

Be nice to your enemy. After all, he only wants to kill you.

I'll be back


I just ran across a piece on this at Debbie Schlussel's site: click

Don't want her to accuse me of plagiarism. It gets her all riled up.


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