CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Read these comments about civilian casualties . . .

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Read these comments about civilian casualties . . .

See the comments from tonight's earlier post about civilian casualties. Alert Reader "Obsidian" has some excellent thoughts, especially with regard to civilians being herded into the final kill zone in order to be killed by the insurgents and blamed on the US. Still no big headlines about large numbers of civilian casualties. If you want, start checking the foreign press, especially some of the more left-leaning pubs (you can tell this when they refer to insurgents as "resistance"). These pubs may have unembedded journalists wandering around the city, and will have no restrictions by US forces on what to report.

2 Comments:

Blogger tbedilion said...

As the noose tightens on these guys it seems like it would be useful to be able to quickly sort out the good guys from the bad guys from the 15 to 45 year old males still standing who smile and claim to be innocent? Who want to pass through security cordons? Who end up in hospitals? I know in this case we should be highly enriched for bad guys at this point and we're not asking any questions now but I hate the thought of anyone who has handled a weapon being allowed to walk.
Are there any SOPs in place to apply forensic technologies in the field? Is it practical from a military perspective? Seems to me that anyone left alive in Fallujah wth powder residue on him is a bad guy and screening with something like the "Instant Shooter ID Kit" http://www.sandia.gov/media/NewsRel/NR2002/gunres.htm is doable? Is there a similar wipe and test technology for explosives? Also a very handy time to start an Iraqi national ID system with fingerprints and photos ?
Does any of this seem useful or doable from the folks who have been in the field?

November 9, 2004 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger hd said...

With the world faced with four more years of Bush, what's a few civilians ground up under the treads of an M1A1 Abrahms tank? I guess what I'm trying to say is, with the election over, what purpose would an over-the-top "Jenin Massacre" type story serve, at least from the MSM perspective? The Arab press will be, of course, the Arab press (though I suspect the head hackers are making them nervous, too).

The tone of the reporting seems more professional this go-round. What a difference an election makes!

November 10, 2004 at 5:48 AM  

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