From the AP:
Saddam Hussein has fired his commander of air defenses as U.S.-led forces claimed control of 95 percent of Iraq's sky, the British government said Saturday."Fired", in this context, is a euphemism for "executed."
The commentators need to listen to history. By any fair standard of even the most dazzling charges in military history � the German blast through the Ardennes in spring 1940, or Patton�s romp in July � the present race to Baghdad is unprecedented in its speed and daring, and in the lightness of its causalities. We can nit-pick about the need for another armored division, pockets of irregulars, a need to mop up here and there, plenty of hard fighting ahead, this and that. But the fact remains that, so far, the campaign has been historically unprecedented in getting so many tens of thousands of soldiers so quickly to Baghdad without losses � and its logistics will be studied for decades.
Indeed, the only wrinkle is that our present military faces cultural obstacles never envisioned by an Epaminondas, Caesar, Marlborough, Sherman � or any of the other great marchers. A globally televised and therapeutic culture puts an onus on American soldiers that could never have been envisioned by any of the early captains. We treat prisoners justly; our enemy executes them. We protect Iraqi bridges, oil, and dams � from Iraqi saboteurs. We must treat Iraqi civilians better than do their own men, who are trying to kill them. Our generals and leaders take questions; theirs give taped propaganda speeches. Shock and awe � designed not to kill but to stun, and therefore to save civilians � are slurred as Hamburg and Dresden. The force needed to crush Saddam�s killers is deemed too much for the fragile surrounding human landscape. Marines who raise the Stars and Stripes are reprimanded for being too chauvinistic. And on, and on, and on.
Al-Jazeera, the Arabic news channel that angered American viewers this week by broadcasting images of dead and captured U.S. soldiers, now may count itself among the war's victims.A picture can be found at the WSJ Online here, but you need to be a subscriber.
Hackers knocked out al-Jazeera's Arabic and English-language news sites for a third straight day Thursday -- intermittently displaying an American flag to readers of the English site (english.aljazeera.net) -- amid a wider Western backlash against the Qatar-based broadcaster. Its Washington office has received threatening phone calls this week, and its reporters were barred from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street and Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.
The establishment media have also elided over another fundamental lesson of this week: Intermediate-range Scud ballistic missiles are one of the weapons Saddam Hussein was years ago banned from possessing by U.N. Resolution 686. They are one of the weapons that, just weeks ago, he swore on a stack of Holy Korans he didn�t possess. They are one of the weapons that U.N. inspectors told us they saw no sign of. They are one of the weapons that Security Council opponents of the U.S. sniffed that Iraq was unlikely to possess any longer.Read the entire article at National Review Online.
So: In the very first days of hostilities, Saddam revealed himself (once again) to be a liar. Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, and other apologists for the U.N. inspection charade were shown to be feckless fools. And American antiballistic-missile technology was demonstrated to be the defensive bulwark of our future.
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