Fallujah’s quiet, but is it pacified?

I recently complained about the apparent SNAFU in Fallujah. Now, Citizen Smash is saying we just won the battle for the hearts and minds of Fallujah’s citizens, because an Iraqi general we sent there to take over a 1,500-man Iraqi brigade stood up in a town meeting and defended our troops.

On Sunday, Marines of the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment provided security for the gathering in Kharma.
[Retired Maj. Gen. Mohammed] Abdul-Latif, 66, a native of Baghdad, urged the elders to talk freely, citing the Muslim holy book, the Quran.

“We can make them (Americans) use their rifles against us or we can make them build our country, it’s your choice,” Latif told a gathering of more than 40 sheiks, city council members and imams …

“Speak freely, Ali … and try not to stare at the nice men with guns.”
No disrespect to Smash, but it seems too early to claim victory.
I’m the furthest thing from an expert on counterinsurgency tactics, but couldn’t this just be a case of scared locals biting their tongues in the presence of a former Ba’athist general spouting off, while a cordon of Marines remains strung ’round the city?

3 comments

  1. Mamamontezz

    You know, truth be told, I don’t want Fallujah “pacified” as this implies that they got whatever it was that they wanted when they began their tantrum.
    I prefer “spanked” personally. Perhaps it is just a Mama thing.

  2. B Burt

    It is very sad about Nick Berg. He was a hard working young man, a business man. He represented the “Spirit of our Fore fathers.” He was willing to take chances and expand his business. I am deeply sorry for him and his family.
    I have to wonder why the media tries to keep things quiet. Nick Bergs father has a right to express his opinion. Someone or something covered alot of this situation up. Something is right about this whole thing. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.