Fallujah in Pictures


You simply have to see it to believe it. Not for the weak.

Says the site’s creator:

“i created this site because I was angry at my country and couldn’t understand how we could let this happen. i now believe it is because most americans haven’t seen what this war really looks like. we have seen gruesome beheadings and we have seen saddam’s torture chambers. this is what is being done in our name.”

Oh, and it’s nice to know there were “no civilian casualties,” as Allawi assures us. Ha.

Update: Now a US general is asserting rather idiotically that “we have broken the back” of the Iraqi insurgency. I hope it’s true but it’s an idiotic thing to say — brings back scary recollections of “Mission Accomplished” and flight suits and shit like that.

Lt. Gen. John Sattler, the top U.S. Marine Corps commander in Iraq, said the 11-day operation had destroyed the insurgents’ base and would “make it very hard for them to operate” elsewhere in Iraq.

“We feel right now that we have, as I mentioned, broken the back of the insurgency and we have taken away this safe haven,” Sattler told Pentagon reporters in a video teleconference from Fallujah.

Some analysts flatly disagreed.

“I see absolutely no chance that’s true,” said Anthony Cordesman, a senior analyst at the non-partisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cordesman issued a report declaring that the insurgents had lost militarily but won a political victory at Fallujah.

Same old/same old. The insurgents, with several weeks notice of the imminent assault, melted away to Mosul and Samara, where they are wreaking havoc all over again. (And remember, just a couple weeks ago we were celebrating Samara as a great victory, a city we had made “insurgent-free.” Well, it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?)

The Discussion: 6 Comments

Deja vu? late 60’s – early 70’s?

Well, it’s ‘safe’ now that it’s destroyed!

November 19, 2004 @ 3:39 am | Comment

Thank you for the brilliant military insights. Did you get your training at West Point? ROTC? OCS? Bootcamp? No? The boy scouts perhaps? No? I know, you once watched Apocolypse Now.

November 19, 2004 @ 9:41 pm | Comment

Er, that last comment was a bit over the top, wasn’t it.


November 19, 2004 @ 9:54 pm | Comment

It’s okay, Conrad. We’ll know soon enough who understands the situation better, the experienced military man who says we’ve broken the back of the insurgency or the amateur blogger who, having watched the nightmare unfold for 20 months, believes it’s incredibly stupid to declare Mission Accomplished after such a pyrrhic victory. We’ll see, won’t we?

November 20, 2004 @ 8:56 am | Comment

I was there in Fallujah. Im a Marine Corps tanker, and i drove an M1A1 through the city for 15 days straight. I’ve seen alot there and I cant tell you how much of a pleasure it was to aid in the slaughter and destruction of these insurgents. No mercy. No remorse.

June 24, 2005 @ 8:53 pm | Comment

We’re proud of you Nick. Did you kill any chidren?

June 24, 2005 @ 8:55 pm | Comment

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