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11/26/2004 Entry: "Iraq watch"

"When we got back to Camp Fallujah, I came across a sergeant I had spoken to before the assault. A big, thoughtful African-American, he had read the recent book Battle Ready by the retired US general Anthony Zinni, and expressed amazement that some marines still thought there were WMDs out there.

"'The trouble with marines is that they don't read enough. Some don't read at all,' he had told me earlier. I asked how he was doing.

"'Been better. I hope it was worth it,' he said. 'I hope it works.'

"'How will you know?' I asked.

"'If the insurgents are defeated,' he said. 'Otherwise it will all be for nothing. They'll be KIA for nothing.'

"By being embedded, I saw at close hand how the marines fight. I learnt a lot about the military. But it didn't change my mind about the American intervention in Iraq. I don't think it will work. Nor does the sergeant, but he can't quite bring himself to admit it."
World view - Lindsey Hilsum reports from Fallujah, New Statesman, November 29, 2004

 

 

 

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