Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Recon by fire

Stories like this, where our soldiers shoot at cars that are speeding toward a checkpoint, or are driving too slowly toward a checkpoint, or are turning around to avoid a checkpoint--whatever--are becoming common. It's part of the reconnaissance by fire tactic (more like a syndrome) that we adopted in Viet Nam, where our troops fired indiscriminately into the jungle to see if there were any VC or NVA in the bushes and in the process killed thousands of locals.
Slopes, gooks, Arabs, what's the difference?

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