Postcards from Hellposted by Jazz at 11/21/2004 09:16:00 AM
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This is the front of the paper. As translated by Najma, the text in Farsi reads, "They didn't think that we saw them, but those who work with al-Zarkawi are being watched."
On the back is this image and message:
This one translates to, "If you helped al-Zarkawi or his people, your house will be like this one"
Last time I checked, America was in 100% control of the airspace over Iraq. In other words, the total number of planes in Iraqi airspace at any given time which are not under our control and approval would be ... zero. So who is dropping these flyers on the homes in Baghdad and Iraq? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it's us.
Who exactly is running this dog and pony show? How many times do we have to hammer home the point about "winning the hearts and minds" if you truly desire any glimmer of a hope of success? (Assuming we can even agree on a definition of what would constitute success at this point.) Any possible upside to this sort of plan is so outweighed by the horrific negatives that it's shocking this even made it to the printer.
Assuming that you just might land some of these flyers on the homes of Iraqis who are truly assisting foreign terrorists, I think they are already well aware of how high the stakes are and the risks they face. But what about the tens of thousands of regular Iraqi citizens like Najma who receive them? What message does this send? "Toe the line or your home will look like this." Iraqi homes going up in flames is probably not the PR image you want to be leading with.
Staggering, staggering, staggering, mind blowing incompetence. If this is the best we can do, and apparently it is, then we are long past the point where we should just declare victory and go home.