Warning long rant follows:
We have certainly had some terrible news over the last 24 hours. First we had the "fragging" incident at the 101st. Then news of surrender ruses with subsequent ambush of our troops. Also, news of "irregular" (non-uniformed) troops capturing a supply convoy. Top that with the "friendly fire" deaths of coalition troops. Meanwhile back on the home front anti war rallies are filling the streets.
It all brings back bad memories of the Vietnam War.
The friendly fire deaths such as the Canadians in Afghanistan and now British in Iraq must be giving our allies pause in the dangers of warfare associated with the USA. Horrible tragic events that we need to prevent!
When I see television pictures of our troops greeted with open arms by Iraqi civilians on one level it looks wonderful. However, on another level I cringe at the risks our young troops are taking. You can't just walk up and shake a hand of someone you don't know under those conditions and never just sit in your vehicle and talk to persons out the window. We are leaving ourselves wide open to suicide bombers, assassination, and capture. Tragically, lessons our young troops are learning the hard way.
I also have to say I am greatly disappointed in the anti war protesters who have encouraged friction against our troops. The French and their ilk have only complicated our war plans (significantly the loss of a northern front). This will only prolong the war and lead to more coalition and Iraqi civilian deaths, result in more physical and environmental damage to the area, and has provided aid and comfort to the Saddam Hussein cult who, now believing they have the support of the world, will now fight longer and very likely move to a long term gorilla / terrorist warfare that may turn much of post war Iraq into another Palestine.
It would be nice to have some pleasant news…