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Friday, May 5, 2006

Fortress Building

 

A little while back while chatting with my Croatian friend Anna we strayed onto the Iraq war and the reasons behind the American actions

During the course of our conversation I struck by the fortress mentality of the US forces in Iraq, it resonated with me – reminding me of the Calvary holed up in forts as in the ‘old west’ against the hostile natives.

 

Further I characterised this as a long term strategy – to have a permanent US presence in the middle-east, and at the same time - as a by the by - creating cash for the people who know the right people and a generation of battle hardened veterans.

 

Machiavellian perhaps – but the US policy of retreat as in Lebanon, did not discourage Islamic militancy; in fact it had emboldened it, resulting in 911.  An unstable Iraq creates bad headlines, but stability in Iraq in the short term isn’t what this endeavour is primarily about IMHO, and a couple of new stories just reinforce this.

In the chaos of Iraq, one project is on target:

Fort Iraqi - Baghdad!!

Building work at the 104-acre complex , a giant US embassy - known locally as 'George W's palace', is supposed to be secret, but it is impossible to disguise the cranes dominating the Baghdad skyline.
The heavily guarded 42-hectare (104-acre) site -- which will have a 15ft thick perimeter wall - the diplomatic outpost will be visible from space and cover an area that is larger than the Vatican city

This mega-complex more than anything underlines the idea that presented itself to me, - incidentally before I learned of the 15ft thick walls that surrounded this self contained town – of a fort building complex, of hunkering down for the long term.

 

I also characterised the British Army as having a cultural advantage; of course the legacy of empire remains, but more importantly the conflict in Northern Ireland between organised crime masquerading as an insurgency and using terror to justify the criminal profits its accrued and the British Army, created a generation of battle hardened veterans – with experience of peace keeping and patrolling the streets.

 

Telegraph | News | Gung-ho US troops urged to be more British [telegraph.co.uk]
Gung-ho US troops urged to be more British

From the page: "A senior American general has ordered his troops to reduce the lethal force used against Iraqis, citing fears that trigger-happy behaviour is aggravating the insurgency.

Gen Chiarelli is known as an apostle of the British approach to counter-insurgency warfare that is increasingly favoured by many in America's military.

To underline his point, Gen Chiarelli sent his subordinate commanders articles from British newspapers criticising the sometimes tough tactics used by American soldiers at roadblocks and when driving in convoy.

British officers have told their men to use a softer approach with Iraqis. Troops are encouraged to use the traditional Arab greetings and spurn sunglasses, which prevent eye contact."

 

Maybe the final word should go to British Brigadier’s anecdote about a "subjugated Iraqi" just before his release from detention.

The Ba'athist was loudly lectured by an American officer, who was accompanied by a quiet British brigadier, on the dangers of returning to his "previously nefarious ways".

As the Iraqi left he said: "Hey, Mr American, next time before you shout so much you should speak to him. He is British - they know how to invade a country."

Sharpe Argues that the British Army's 500 years of experience gave it a marked edge over the Americans in insurgency operations, Brig Sharpe said the senior British officers in Baghdad should continue with their moderating influence.

Rather than Britain punching above its weight it should "stand in the corner, with a bucket and towel, advising the undisputed heavyweight champion about who and how to fight"

 

This was a fight America was going to take to the middle east regardless, the choice becomes do we sit on the sidelines wringing our hands because we don't like the details of America's long war, or do we choose to side with our natural allies in the hope of influencing the outcome of the clash between cilvillisation and barbarity?

10:33 am

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Silly Lady - Charles Knows

 

Charles says:

silly lady

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

something went wrong along the way, i bet it was that darn leprechaun again...the one that tells me to burn things

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

he is always sprinkling his magic dust in my eye

Charles says:

O_O

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

and then I wake up and cannot remember anything

Charles says:

don't  burn me lady!!

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

oh no, i dont burn peoples

Charles says:

not what iv'e heard

Charles says:

nat says you're hot stuff - ouch

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

no she didn't! LIES LIES LIES

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

liesssssssss

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

now I dance...

 

*dances*

Charles says:

 ask her see what she says

Charles says:

say ' nat am i hot stuff?'

Charles says:

we'll see

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

she will say something really sarcastic...watch

Charles says:

K

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

"Nat...Am I hot stuff?"

  Natalie   says:

yep

  Natalie   says:

manda reckons you're hot as well

  Natalie   says:

  Shandre is a hottie   *dances*

 

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

Dammit, you were right!!!

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

*shakes fist*

Charles says:

LOL charles knows

 

12:10 pm

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

you are strange

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

you are strange

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

did you know that...I assume you are aware of this

Charles says:

I am but its the unpredictability that keeps you coming back for more of my sweet sweet brain syrrup

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

*pokes brain*

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

hmmmm squishy

Charles says:

yeah a super squishy 100% squishy syrrup

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

lol

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

i knooow

1:27 pm


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