Captain’s Quarters has the right idea about our reaction to the horrible events in Fallujah today. The Iraqi insurgents are deliberately trying to force the Americans into leaving by whatever methods they have. Instead of provoking a cowardly response, now is the time to break their backs. As the Captain recommends:
In 1993, when minions of the local warlord did much the same thing in Mogadishu, the US turned tail and ran out of Somalia as fast as it was able. That incident instructed Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and every foe of the US that Americans could not bear casualties in any conflict — that the US was nothing more than a paper tiger, unwilling and unable to stomach real battle. Create a disgusting enough spectacle and the Yanks would get out.
We cannot afford to have that happen again. This is what needs to happen in Fallujah: seal the town off, go house to house, tear the place apart looking for the terrorists who did this, making sure that the process is as uncomfortable as possible. Demolish houses where contraband weapons are found. If people put up an armed resistance, kill them. Leave no doubt as to our intentions and our will to prevail.
If they want to send a message by stringing up the bodies of Americans on their bridges, we can send a message that we won’t be stopped. We’d better do it now, while they’re paying attention.
Personally, I’d take the militants bodies, sow them up in pigskins, and leave them to rot in the middle of town. If the insurgents want hell we should be give it to them.