Who ever said anything about occupying? That is a construct out of thin air. It has very little at all to do with the discussion. If Ramadi were destroyed, there would be no need to occupy it. Same with any number of towns or cities. Abandon the Powell Pottery Barn Policy. Commence with "We broke it, have fun.” Sherman marched through Georgia to the Sea; He did not inhabit it. The Pueblos of the American West, no gringo moved into those. The US has no use for Ramadi, if those that live there do, then they play by the rules or they die. If what we wish to protect is not worth the lives of 100,000 Arabs; it's not worth the life of one GI. Now, you may not think that Freedom from Religion, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom from tyranny is worth 100,000 lives. I value it more than 20 million lives or more. Stalin killed well over 20 million people in an attempt to enslave the World. I'd kill 20 million to maintain the freedoms we enjoy. You may think that price too high. I do not. But many of my fellow citizens agree with you, today, so I'll go along with the majority, whatever they decide. But believe me, when whatever it is that you hold dearest, is about to be destroyed, you'll see the light. Or not. Me, I've got more than a few options for when things go south, most folk don't.
Posted at the Elephant Bar by Desert Rat. (very slightly edited)
10:02 PM, November 29, 2006