Sunday, February 20, 2005

"...where Pepsi flowed like water..."

Anyone who thinks that the insurgency in Iraq will be defeated any time soon should read this amazing London Times profile of one of the insurgency's leading sharpshooters, who claims to have personally killed twenty Americans.

This man was neither particularly religious nor pro-Saddam before the American invasion, but is now an important leader in an insurgency made up of men from Saddam's disbanded army and members of his Ba'athist regime, rebellious desert tribesmen, fierce nationalists, common thugs, and (yes) roaming fanatics from around the Muslim world -- all united by their desire to challenge American domination of their land.

What is certain is that no matter what the long-term outcome in Iraq, the insurgency itself is providing a training ground for a new generation of ruthless anti-Western militants.

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