Monday | March 24, 2003
Damned if they do, damned if they don't
Perhaps the worst part about this entire war is the unenviable position in which our troops have been placed. The Battle for Nasiriya (as it will be soon be dubbed) is Exhibit A:
By deciding to pursue their enemy into the city center, the Americans appeared to have enraged many of the Iraqi civilians who live there, including those who said they were predisposed to support the American effort.Problem is, the Marines had no choice but to enter Nasiriya -- the Iraqi forces within were harrassing US supply lines, killing 10 and taking the first five US POW's of the war. So it's unrealistic for civilians to demand the US stay out of the city.
But the sad fact is that urban combat is costly to all involved -- invaders, defenders, and civilians. And as US forces start taking heavier casualties, they will undoubtedly resort to heavier artillery and close air support barrages to try and supress the enemy (and I wouldn't blame them).
So it's a classing Catch-22. You can't bypass the cities, but taking and occupying them will take their toll on non-combatants and, by extension, civilian support for invading US troops.Posted March 24, 2003 07:08 PM | Comments (25)