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Tuesday, December 02, 2003
What Happened in Samarra
Yesterday, just like everyone else skimming the news, I saw that 54 Iraqis were reported killed in an attempted ambush in Samarra. Today I ran into an account emailed to Col. David Hackworth by a purported eyewitness of the battle. (You can judge Hack's bona fides and any tendency to gullibility by reviewing his website). The email ends chillingly:
Meanwhile Jim Henley started off wondering about how often the "crackpots" end up being right, then uses the Samarra action as an example. He has a number of entries looking at Samarra that lead him to this conclusion:
In response to those who ask "Why do you hate America?" of those of us who explore these problems, Jim has an excellent retort:
I actually might agree with Ronald Reagan on one thing. The United States is a "City on a Hill". The world notices what we do, and some parts even pattern themselves on us. We owe it to them, ourselves, and our devotion to whatever religion or moral path we follow to be the best, not just better than the worst. If we just shot the crap out of a small town in Iraq out of fear or rage at our inability to occupy that nation and make it safe, then we've got a lot of investigations, trials and punishment to meet out.
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