Monday, October 27, 2003

ICRC Attacked
This is a major attack and it is bad news for the US efforts in Iraq. I'm just wondering if the Red Cross will learn any lessons from this. (The smart money is on "no.") The ICRC's view was expressed by a spokesperson:

"Of course we don't understand why somebody would attack the Red Cross," ICRC spokeswoman Nada Doumani tells the AP. "The Red Cross has operated in this country since 1980, and we have not been involved in politics."

She is confused because she thinks that you have to be an "imperialist oppressor" to merit being targeted by terrorists. You know, like those brokers, janitors, and secretaries that were killed in the WTC on Sep 11. After all, the palestinian Arabs just want "freedom" from "colonialists" right?

The truth is that the Red Cross was attacked because they are part of the liberal, Western, democratic order and they are indirectly supporting the modernization of Iraq. You don't have to do something wrong to attract the hatred of religious wing-nuts. The correct lesson is that the Asswipe of Canterbury is a fool and Mouwafak al-Rabii knows his stuff:

Mouwafak al-Rabii, a Shiite Muslim member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, said the United States must speed up the training of Iraqi police and soldiers and employ ruthless measures to crush the insurgency.
"There is no doubt about it that we need to change the rules of engagement with these people," al-Rabii told CNN. "The rules of engagement now are too lenient."

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