Saturday, 9 February 2008

New approach for US army manual

New approach for US army manual (BBC News, Friday, 8 February 2008)

Strange story. A new US army manual puts 'emphasis on winning hearts and minds'. So first bomb the crap out of a country in an illegal war, and then hand out candy to make it up?

Haven't they understood yet that military occupation that is not accepted by the population cannot be made all right by a few policies in an army manual? Want to win the hearts and minds of people? Start by not bombing them and allowing their infrastructure to fall in ruins.

It has often been claimed that the British troops were more friendly and open to the Iraqi population than the US troops. But see what mess they left behind after their retreat from Basra.

Suggested reading: Violations of 'Islamic teachings' take deadly toll on Iraqi women (CNN, February 8, 2008)

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