8 March 2005

Americans don't know if the Iraqis are "friendlies" or not, and the Iraqis don't know what the Americans want them to do

An interesting article on Iraq "checkpoints", given the controversy over the recent shooting of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena (in which killed Italian negotiator Nicola Calipari).

Not going to find fault with our troops here, as it's a dangerous place, and precautions must be taken to proactively eliminate threats. But it should be acknowledged that they are being placed in a quandary, where determining friend from foe is a difficult decision, where consequently, many innocent people die. And that has caused widespread anger and dismay for Iraqis over the American military occupation.


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