Thursday, April 01, 2004

This is another late morning, now it's ten thirty six ante meridian, and I've been working on this post on and off for 36 minutes. Listening to news of new attacks on an American convoy, coming within a day after the attacks on U.S. quasi-military security personnel yesterday in Fallujah. Yes, I changed "civilian" as has been reported in much of the media, to "quasi-military" because of the nature of their work--they were security contracted by Blackwater, as has been reported this morning by NPR. This does not lessen the grief and outrage which I've been feeling. My patience is wearing thin. I have been considering calling for the fire-bombing of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul, and maybe a few other places in the Sunni Triangle.

I never would have thought myself expressing this in public. But this is public isn't it? Yet, in the Catholic theology, if you think about committing a sin, you have already committed a sin. Yet, I consider that maybe, if we do not act with overwhelming force to annihilate the enemy, to crush their very spirit, we will continue to receive as we have been, the aggression of these terrorists, these terrorists. I removed the words jihadists because of the following development in US assessment:
From the same New York Times article as that of the link above:
On Tuesday, before the Falluja attacks, General Kimmitt, the American military spokesman, appeared to back off at least somewhat from the emphasis on Islamic militants as the principal enemy. At a briefing, he offered an overview of the war in which he suggested that what has occurred, in effect, is a merging of the Saddamist insurgents and the Islamic terrorists into a common terrorist threat, and that, either way, "we just call them targets."

Several Iraqis interviewed on Wednesday, including middle-class professionals, merchants and former members of Mr. Hussein's army, suggested that the United States might be facing a war in which the common bonds of Iraqi nationalism and Arab sensibility have transcended other differences, fostering a war of national resistance that could pose still greater challenges to the Americans in the months, and perhaps years, ahead.

However, I do agree with the commander who said, after the attacks in Fallujah and Mosul yesterday, that although it would be emotionally satisfying to enter quickly with severe reprisals, it would be better to be patient, to indentify carefully those who planned and executed yesterday's atrocities, and to then apply the overwhelming force precisely and effectively. May the wrath of Allah and the allied Anglo-NATO forces fall full and severely upon the enemy.

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