British forces in Iraq
Michael Yon is a former American Special Forces soldier reporting from Iraq. He seems to understand the tremendous challenges facing the Iraqi people and Coalition forces. He says British forces are top-notch -
The plan for Operation Arezzo was cleverly contrived. While Americans count on helicopter support for deliberate high-intensity combat here, the Brits were going into extremely hostile terrain, outnumbered, without helicopter support, relying instead upon timing, terrain, maneuverability, firepower, and sheer audacity.
In combat, luck can be a decisive factor, but Murphy’s Law remains in effect. For Operation Arezzo, the risks of something going catastrophically wrong were apparent at the outset. The soldiers in 5 Platoon had never conducted such an audacious operation—in broad daylight—but LtC Maciejewski intended to show the enemy that even in their strongest bastion, outnumbered British forces could strike into their heart and inflict heavy losses.
And why? The people of Iraq defied the terrorists in order to vote in three elections for a government and constitution. If the terrorists can be stopped, the Iraqi people will have a chance to establish good governance.
I flinch when I read these reports. I love peace because it is only in peace that children and the arts can really flourish. But the Islamist terrorists deliberately killing Iraqi mothers and fathers and teachers and doctors do not want peace. Smiling pacifically at them will only give them a terrible victory over children and civilization.