Tuesday, 11 January 2005

Death Squads

Go away for a weekend and you miss the fun and excitement of some dopes at the Pentagon floating the idea that what Iraq needs is some anti-insurgent death squads, which has got to be about the stupidest counterinsurgency plan I’ve ever heard of. For every El Salvador where it sorta-kinda “worked”—if you ignore all the indiscriminate killing—there’s a Colombia where it only made things worse. Granted, this is the Pentagon, where they pay people to come up with off-the-wall ideas, but recycling off-the-wall ideas that didn’t work is pretty asinine.

Kriston at BTD is apoplectic while Glenn Reynolds wants to complain about media bias, but you knew that before I even linked them.

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Educate me: are the Pentagon guys suggesting that we nab and/or kill people who aren’t insurgents? It seems to me that we have a vested interest in the deaths of actual insurgents.

I’m not familiar with the details of El Salvador, which may explain my confusion.

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