Friday, June 22, 2007

US to the world: Urbicide is "reassuring"

Yeah, that's the ticket. Found the following LAT quote at Lenin's Tomb:
James Phillips, a Middle East and terrorism expert at the Heritage Foundation, said even if large operations such as this one did not capture many insurgents, they could disrupt their activities.

"I think probably the more fruitful raids are the small, pinpoint attacks," he said. "But one possible benefit of the big operations is it reassures the population, and maybe they will provide you the intelligence that you can use to hit insurgent leaders."
Reassurance for whom? I seriously doubt large-scale attacks destroying lives and livelihoods are reassuring to the vast population of urban dwellers being attacked (yeah, if you're willing to buy Phillips' line, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell to you). Such actions may be "reassuring" to the elites responsible for the acts of state terrorism being perpetrated against Iraqi civilians. Those are the last folks I'd want reassured.

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