“What If…”

Whatever you’re doing, stop it and go read Juan Cole’s new post “If America Were Iraq, What Would It Be Like?

[V]iolence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll…
What if the grounds of the White House and the government buildings near the Mall were constantly taking mortar fire? What if almost nobody in the State Department at Foggy Bottom, the White House, or the Pentagon dared venture out of their buildings, and considered it dangerous to go over to Crystal City or Alexandria?…
What if the Air Force routinely (I mean daily or weekly) bombed Billings, Montana, Flint, Michigan, Watts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anacostia in Washington, DC, and other urban areas, attempting to target “safe houses” of “criminal gangs”, but inevitably killing a lot of children and little old ladies?

Like I said, read it.


Dispassionate Lib

September 23, 2004
11:05 am

Insurgency American Style

What I can (try to) do is anticipate WingNuttyStan’s retort and predictable dismissal of Juan’s thesis (that is if they can tear themselves away from that all important quest to bring the “MSM” down to their level and buy each other blogger jammies. …