Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Private Guards Repel Attack on U.S. Headquarters (washingtonpost.com): "An attack by hundreds of Iraqi militia members on the U.S. government's headquarters in Najaf on Sunday was repulsed not by the U.S. military, but by eight commandos from a private security firm, according to sources familiar with the incident. [...]
In Sunday's fighting, Shiite militia forces barraged the Blackwater commandos, four MPs and a Marine gunner with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 fire for hours before U.S. Special Forces troops arrived. A sniper on a nearby roof apparently wounded three men. U.S. troops faced heavy fighting in several Iraqi cities that day."


The next reporter who refers to this uprising as being led by an "army," or even "militia" ought to be bombarded with hundreds of protest emails. And I hope OmbudsGod picks up on this as well. Whenever "hundreds of Iraqi[s]" attack "eight...Blackwater commandos, four MPs and a marine gunner with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 fire for hours," and are repulsed, they should cease to be referred to as either militia or army. They are clearly just rabble. They are annoying, and threaten security for everyone in the region, but they don't deserve the respect that comes with a better classification.

Read the whole WaPo article, though. It is interesting, to say the least.

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