Bush's glorious Falllujah Kristalnacht was supposed to be a cakewalk, but it's quickly turned into the mother of all quagmires. With over 1200 innocent Iraqi casualties and a paltry 40 dead U.S. servicemen, the unlevel playing field couldn't be more obvious.
In any situation where the Marines are involved, enemy casualties exponentially, and quite unfairly, outnumber our own. So what accounts for this striking disparity? In part, the cocky Jarhead oath to "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out" is to blame. Another key factor is the reckless attitude of upper military command. According to Amnesty International, Donald Rumsfeld's insistence on calling the insurgents "killers" might in fact be encouraging Marines to kill insurgents. But beneath all the macho rhetoric, a darker, uglier truth lurks.
According to Army Spc. Kris Clinkscales:"The fighters were generally recognizable by their face masks..."
Let that sink in for a moment. In other words, the Marines are rampaging through the streets of Fallujah, systematically executing any Iraqi wearing a ski mask.
Excuse me, but if I went around Aspen killing everyone who had a ski mask on, they'd lock me up and throw away the key. Have any of the geniuses at the Pentagon even considered that these dudes might simply be on their way to the slopes? Those shoulder-mounted RPGs look strikingly similar to a pair of skis being carried around to me. It would be easy for an uneducated military moron to confuse the two and gun down an innocent Iraqi ski bum. Shouldn't we be more careful and a little less indiscriminate in regards to who we're shooting at? Shouldn't we at least check to see if these so-called "insurgents" have lift tickets before we splatter their brains all over the sidewalk and shout "HOO-AHH, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"?
Once upon a time, before Dumbya decided to get back at the varmint who almost kilt his paw, Babylonian snowbunnies could head for the slopes without being shot at by neanderthal "liberators". Habib could enjoy a long day of cross-country skiing and burning infidels, then relax at the lodge without a jarhead crashing in and popping a cap in his ass. Apparently, those days are over. Bush's headlong rush to an illegal war has not only destroyed a beautiful, vibrant culture - but a thriving ski industry as well.