Thursday, November 25, 2004

Letters to the editor.

Here's another masterpiece to the Washington Times. See my other letters...

Fallujah: A phantom victory?

I disagree with The Washington Times editorial claiming that the "tactical edge" U.S. forces have over the insurgents in Fallujah will help minimize the loss of innocent life ("The Fallujah campaign, Editorial, Tuesday). The advantage of so-called smart bombs and aerial reconnaissance is likely to be steadily degraded as fighting goes door to door. That kind of warfare plays into the hands of Abu Musab Zarqawi and his fighters. Fallujah is a free-fire zone whether the Pentagon is willing to admit it or not. In my view, bringing the "full weight of our military power to bear" on a city of 300,000 people in order to secure elections for the lucky survivors seems at best a dubious effort. Operation Phantom Fury would seem destined to deliver nothing more than a phantom victory.


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