Victory or Defeat?
From the Americans, a claim that 1,000
Iraqi troops were destroyed with one US tank commander dead and one
From Sky News, claims
from on-the-spot journalists that 12 vehicles had been destroyed in
fierce fighting. From the Iraqis, 300 US troops killed as their column
The US column that claimed to be within one mile of central Baghdad is
no longer there.
The pictures of Iraqi
citizens welcoming US troops were reduced to a few children waving back
at soldiers as their parents looked on is sullen hatred.
While it is impossible to ascertain the truth in the middle of the
deception and denial from both sides, it would appear that the claims by
the US armed forces that a thousand Iraqi troops had been killed in
close fighting, while they lost only one, are optimistic in the extreme,
especially when we weigh up the factor that the Americans claim that
only one vehicle was damaged when in fact the number according to Sky
(which is as gung-ho a TV station as they come) was twelve times
One US tank commander, interviewed by western journalists, described the
incursion as three hours of organised chaos. In three hours of organised
chaos, when a small column of perhaps 30 vehicles were met by thousands
of Iraqi troops, on their own territory, it would seem more probable
that the incursion was sent back with heavy casualties.
This would explain why the US Command Centre has decided not to make any
further incursions until ?softening-up¦ operations by the air force
have been performed. How many more civilians will be murdered by these
pilots is anyone-s guess.
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