June 25, 2003

SIX KILLED

The war isnít over, despite everything thus far achieved:

Six British military police were killed in Iraq, possibly in an incident in a local police station, and eight British soldiers were injured in a separate incident in southern Iraq, Defence Minister Geoff Hoon said.

"Initial information suggests that they may have been involved in an incident in the police station," Hoon said, adding that he could not confirm any other details.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 25, 2003 03:12 PM
Comments

The Arab world seems determined to provoke an encounter with Jacksonian America. It seemed there for a while that the U.S. planned to inflict a decisive defeat on Iraq but, unfortunately, those military and political leaders responsible for the conduct of the war decided to inflict as painless a defeat as possible.

Many Iraqis, along with every Islamofascist in the neighbourhood, still see the U.S. as a paper tiger. If the U.S. continues to take military half-measures the sniping and guerilla attacks are only going to increase.The U.S. needs to go into the Middle East and hammer the crap out them to the point that there can be no doubt as to who won and who lost.

Posted by: ZsaZsa at June 25, 2003 at 07:21 PM

As a card carrying Jacksonian, I couldn't agree more. My fear is that by making the avoidance of Iraqi casualties and co-ruling with the locals top war goals, we may have only succeeded in convincing some Iraqis that we don't really want to be there and don't really wish to impose our will there.

That would be a mistake, but an understandable one. I can't imagine Bush or Rumsfeld putting up with this for much longer.

Posted by: KevinV at June 26, 2003 at 07:17 AM