June 21, 2004

NORMALCY:

 U.S. strike hit terrorist nest, top Iraqi says (Fooad a Sheikhly, Jeffrey Gettleman, 6/21/04,New York Times)

A day after a U.S. air strike destroyed six homes in this flash- point city, a senior Iraqi official said Sunday that 23 of 26 people killed in the attack were foreign terrorists, including men from Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

U.S. officials had justified the strike on Saturday, the first major military action in Fallujah since U.S. forces pulled out of the city in early May, by saying that the homes that were singled out were being used by agents of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq and the suspected mastermind of dozens of suicide attacks. [...]

"The Americans had very good information," the official said. "It was like trying to catch a sparrow. They had a small moment to catch the fighters in those houses and they did."

On Sunday, there were no serious mortar attacks against U.S. forces, no fiery sermons at the mosques, no marches in the street. Instead, Fallujah, a battered city that just weeks ago was the scene of some of the most intense urban combat in Iraq since the occupation began, was functioning normally, with police officers at checkpoints, traffic flowing smoothly and boys selling roasted cashews on the sidewalk.


What ever happened to the "Arab Street"?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2004 8:48 AM
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On Sunday, there were no serious mortar attacks against U.S. forces, no fiery sermons at the mosques, no marches in the street. Instead, Fallujah, a battered city that just weeks ago was the scene of some of the most intense urban combat in Iraq since the occupation began, was functioning normally, with police officers at checkpoints, traffic flowing smoothly and boys selling roasted cashews on the sidewalk.

But but.. only a few weeks ago the NYT, BBC and Dan Rather pronounced that Fallujah and Najaf were a quagmire and that the US was losing the war.

Posted by: Gideon at June 21, 2004 11:42 AM

Gideon - to be fair to Rather and Co there are many on the right who consider Iraq a quagmire because Fallujah and Najef weren't vaporized.

Posted by: AWW at June 21, 2004 1:39 PM

NYT / CBS/ CNN/ BBC definition of quagmire: a minor,unimportant setback to US forces during a campaign in which a military victory of historic proportions is achieved.

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at June 21, 2004 2:17 PM

Isn't the Arab Street a figment of the peaceniks', appeasers', tranzis' and Frogs' imaginations? (Was I somewhat redundant there?)

Posted by: jsmith at June 21, 2004 10:48 PM
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