Saturday, November 08, 2003

Tikrit retaliation

After the Iraqis took down another helicopter yesterday near Tikrit, the Americans asked themselves the age-old question: 'What Would Israel Do?' So they went on a rampage in Tikrit, blasting the houses of suspected insurgents with machine guns and heavy weapons fire. Lt.-Col. Steven Russell, commander of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, said (or here): "This is to remind the town that we have teeth and claws and we will use them." The Americans also fired mortars and U.S. jets dropped at least three 500-pound bombs around the crash site. The Americans essentially threw a temper tantrum, scaring a group of people who had nothing to do with the attack in a fit of collective punishment, and dropping some big bombs in frustration. We've got hostage taking, we've got the destruction of date palms and citrus trees as collective punishment, and now we have the firing at the homes of innocent people in order to punish those who fired the rocket that hit the helicopter. Yep, it's pure Israel. The Israelis at least have a plan, hoping that their collective punishment and general brutality will force the Palestinians into retaliation, so Israel can use the retaliation as the excuse to further ethnically cleanse the Palestinians. All the Americans are doing with their breaches of international law is ensuring the deaths of many more American soldiers. Morons!