John Simkin Posted November 9, 2004 Share Posted November 9, 2004 Will Falluja prove to be the greatest military mistake in history? The stated objective is to destroy terrorists and insurgents in Falluja to enable free elections to take place in the city in January. The civilian population of Falluja is around 250,000. The United States estimate that there are 3,000 insurgents. They also claim that only about 30,000 civilians remain. However, a report this morning from inside Fulluja estimates that around 200,000 civilians remain in the city. The reason for this is that the people are defending their property from potential looters. A BBC reporter with the US troops claims that virtually house is being defended. As a result, the troops are having to blast their way in. The pattern that is emerging that the battle will cause massive casualties. Houses and religious buildings will be destroyed. Terrorist activity is being reported all over Iraq. I fully expert uprisings in several Sunni dominated cities. Iraq's largest Sunni-led political party, the Iraqi Islamic Party, this morning announced that it will pull out of the interim government unless the Falluja attack is stopped. Even if the US takes control of Falluja, they will not be able to hold it. Anyway, by this time, they would have lost control of other cities in Iraq. Only last month Major General John Batiste announced: “The operation in Samarra has been very successful. Anti-Oraqi forces have been defeated and the city has been returned to the people.” In reality the terrorists had carried out a tactical retreat. They later returned and on Saturday carried out terrorist attacks on police posts killing 39 people. Sergeant Major Carlton Kent, the most senior enlisted marine in Iraq told the forces before the battle started that the objective was to “kick some butt”. Commanding officers were more diplomatic. According to reports they told the troops to think of the fight in historic terms, as another Inchon or Iwo Jima. There was even reference to Vietnam and the Tet offensive (the US military have always believed they won the Tet offensive). The US will lose the war in Iraq in the same way they lost the Vietnam War. Let us hope they don’t take as long as they did in Vietnam to realise that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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