Friday, July 23, 2004

Again a late morning. I slept well. Now I enjoy my second cup of coffee. I'm going to take Hannah to swim. Wilma doesn't want to go, and would rather stay with Altgeld, who is due for a nap. I fear we'll become a weak, lazy, unskilled people.

Doug Strouk wrote this story, published in the Washington Post Wednesday, telling how residents of Samarra are fleeing in anticipation of a battle. This time, the Americans want to avoid the result that evolved in Fallujah.

"We're not going to make that pact," said Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste, commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, which operates in the area. "Right now, it is a town where nobody is in charge. That, we will fix. At the end of the day, there will be a city under competent civil government."

U.S. military planners complained in private that Fallujah was a bad deal, allowing the city to become a rallying point and stronghold for guerrilla forces.

"It's the lily pad theory. Fallujah exports itself to Samarra, which exports itself to the next place," said Lt. Col. James Stackmo, an intelligence officer for the division, headquartered in Tikrit. "In Samarra, there's probably 100 to 300 fighters who are holding the town hostage. We're not going to allow a militia in Samarra. We're not going to do it."

At some point, we will have to change the situation in Fallujah, too. I am in favour of firebombing Fallujah, as the Americans did in Dresden and Tokyo. We should do the same in Hillah and other Sunna triangle communities if serious resistance continues there.

We will have to do to the jihadists what the Romans did to Carthage. To paraphrase Cato the Elder, Senator of Rome:

Deleta est Samarra, deleta est Fallujah, deleta est Mahmoudiya, deleta est Baquba...

But where does this end? It will have to be a bloodbath. That is what it took the Europeans to dominate the New World. This seems to be the only way to a clear victory, to commit a genocide and subsequent colonization of Iraq, perhaps replacing the intransigent jihadists with Kurds and democratically minded peoples.

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