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Monday, May 03, 2004
 
Maybe this guy knows what he's talking about.
All through the course of the Fallujah violence, we've heard that "foreign fighters" are responsible for the intensity of the fighting there. The implication is that without these "outside agitators" (al Qaeda, no doubt), we wouldn't be having all of this trouble. The peaceable,US-loving Iraqis would never treat their liberators this way without "terrorist" agents provocateurs.

Then we invite General Jasim Mohamed Saleh, formerly of Saddam Hussein's army, to help us with this difficult situation, but he doesn't know his lines:
"...Only two days after U.S. forces entrusted General Jasim Mohamed Saleh with restoring order in Falluja, the former member of Saddam's feared Republican Guard dismissed U.S. insistence over the presence of foreign fighters in the city.

"There are no foreign fighters in Falluja," Saleh told Reuters in his home town, which was loyal to Saddam..."
Of course this has had no impact on the official US line. What would a military professional in his own hometown know about who was fighting there? We need to be a little more honest with ourselves about stuff like this or we will continue to be suprised by fatal, violent outbreaks over and over again.

 
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