Monday, November 08, 2004
Who is fighting religious fundamentalists?
The following is a quotation from by Marine Lt. Col. Gareth Brandl, who heads the 1st Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment, that appeared last week in the Los Angeles Times in a piece about the forthcoming and entirely predictable assault on Fallujah. Three things are worth noting: a.) He sees the conflict in pre-modern religious terms; b.) On the most reasonable interpretation, he's frankly announcing the US intention to destroy Fallujah in order to control it; and c.) Despite the other obvious news stories this week, no one seems to care less.
"The enemy has got a face — it's called Satan. He's in Fallouja. We're going to destroy it."
If you can't be bothered to register for the LAT, you can read the same piece in the Contra Costa Times.