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The Therapy Sessions
Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Confusion in Iraq

I'm not sure what is going on in Fallujah. It doesn't make sense to me. I tend to think that Ralph Peters is right.

We must not only win, we must be seen to win, graphically and decisively.

'Experts' warn that we mustn't alienate the hard-core Sunnis or the fundamentalist Shia's. Wake up and smell the cordite: They're already alienated. They'll never love us. So we'd better make damned sure they fear us.

The Battle of Fallujah isn't about one city. It's about the future of the entire Middle East. Despite the low number of casualties in historical terms, this could prove to be one of the decisive battles of history in its long-term effects.

We must win. If the enemy fights from mosques, level the mosques. If they fight from hospitals, gut the hospitals. If they open fire from orphanages, turn them into blackened shells. We cannot allow terrorists any sanctuaries. The men we face - and the watching world - interpret our decency as weakness.

We may learn this too late.

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