More Than a City Hangs in the Balance in Fallujah There seems to me some real folly in the thinking that Marines should patrol a city they have not yet subjugated with Iraqi recruits. Who is it that wants to make our people daily targets out on Fallujah’s streets? Some have said taking the city by force will give al-Jazeera and other anti-American media such as the BBC and CNN an opportunity to criticize the American campaign to bring democracy to a people who do not have a clue about freedom. I have news for those who hold that opinion. These “news agencies” are going to do whatever they can to put us in a bad light anyway, and going easy in the Muslim world is a sign of weakness guaranteed to spawn uprising elsewhere. If you are going to have peace in Iraq, the Baath party members jihadists and criminals who are causing trouble in Fallujah, along with al-Sadr have to be killed. That is the reality of life, people who are making policy about the War on Terror, better deal with. They cannot be bargained with and they cannot be reasoned with. What has happened in Fallujah so far has demonstrated to me that someone making policy has no concept about how either the Islamic or the terrorist mind works. Apart from conversion to Christ, you do not change people with corrupt minds, so in a war on evil the only alternative is to make them dead. In Vietnam we had terminology that fitted what I am trying to convey to you here. When you kill or destroy a target, you utterly devastate what you are shooting at so that nothing is left of the enemy; when you neutralize the target, you simply destroy its ability to make war. Neutralization did not work in Vietnam because the enemy simply faded away and regrouped until it could once again come out and attack. This is what happened with some of those we had compassion on in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now we are being shot at by some of these same people, along with terrorists from other countries such as Syria and Iran. While you know where they are at, do not patrol them! Kill them! If it is necessary to level the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi, so be it. In the long run this will be less expensive in terms of human life than allowing this insurgency to go on. I hold all human life sacred, but common sense says that you have to sometimes act aggressively in order to minimize casualties and this is the situation in these towns, just as it was necessary to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki to save both American and Japanese lives in World War II. One of the evidences that I am right in my opinion comes from a review of those who are on the opposite side and counseling restraint. Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations envoy says any U.S. attack in Fallujah is unjustified. He represents the organization that cut and run with one terrorist bombing, failed at weapons inspections, and had some of its officials profiteered in the “Oil for Food” program after Desert Storm. He has done what he could to damage U.S. interests in Iraq over the past few weeks, which means he is a good United Nations man and will be trusted with greater evil in the future. French radio is of the opinion contrary to my own. It has been doing its best to link U.S. policy in Iraq to Israel and the Palestinians, the propaganda that Arab news agencies and Imams around the Middle East has been spouting. There is an old saying about a man being known not only by the character of his friends, but also by the kinds of enemies he has. These I have mentioned do not even know I exist, but if they did they would count me as an enemy, and I am. We need as a nation to be l clearer about our friends and enemies. I think much damage has already been done. Our enemies are convinced U.S. resolve has weakened. In the Middle East, that is a bad opinion for enemies and even so-called friends to come to. There is a solution that needs to be enacted immediately. We declare that anyone shooting at Americans will immediately be killed, and any building a person shoots from is a hostile barricade that will be leveled. If a mosque is a place of worship, use it for that and there will be no problem. If it is a fortress, it will be razed to the ground. We have seen the agencies of the Federal government assault religious places in the U.S. on pretences, but here in Iraq there is a legitimate reason for action. Why not act? If the insurgents respected their mosques they would not use them for fortresses. If they do not respect them, then why should we?
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