Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
If you ever doubted the committment of our adversaries in Iraq, take a look at this:
Everybody reports that the Pentagon announced that Iraqi insurgents used two children as decoys during a suicide attack Sunday. The children helped the vehicle pass a checkpoint, then the car was parked, the adults got out, and they set off the bomb with the children still inside. On Tuesday, two U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.
The cursory examination of the story is likely to lead our nutbar friends to decry the heathens as barbarians and primitive.

The reality is that behavior such as this is a measure of the cultural standards of some fundamentalists, and yet another example of assymetrical warfare (you go to war with the weapons you have). If Americans think we can win a war against this kind of committment on the Iraqi domestic stage, we're nuts. This kind of conflict can only be won/resolved by those who understand the situation, which ain't us.