World War IV Daily

1.04.2006

1.4.2006

It's good to be back, and I hope you all had a great Christmas/Whatever. Keep an eye out for some improvements/modifications as I take the blog into 2006. Also, I'm not even going to try to sift through all the news that happened while I was gone. There's simply too much material so, with a few exceptions, I will start with the present and continue from there.
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WW4

London Bombs Cost 'A Few Hundred Pounds' >>> Note that not only did the London attack cost a few hundred pounds, but the money was apparently raised legitimately. In terms of pure economics, terrorism is not only extremely affordable in terms of death and/or injury per dollar, but incredibly difficult to trace.

Why This Is Truly World War IV
>>> Bill Roggio--back from Iraq--has an excellent post on the global scale of the 'War on Terrorism' or whatever you'd like to call it. Also, Roggio has recently come under fire for his trip to Iraq by the Washington Post, and has since responded. Definitely worth a read.
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OIF

Female Soldiers in Iraq >>> Considering the cultural situation in Iraq, the increased role of female soldiers is not surprising, nor should it be frowned upon. Like all forms of warriors, they knew the risks when they signed up. Urban counter-insurgency combat is never symmetrical or clean-cut, so 'keeping the women out of it' is easier said than done. Remember all that Jessica Lynch crap?

Snipers >>> I've covered the efforts--and results--of US snipers in Ramadi for some time now, and it appears that they continue to be successful. As I noted above concerning the financial aspects of the London bombings and terrorism as a whole, sniping is also relatively inexpensive, as the first paragraph of this article will show you.

The Coalition of the Willing >>> As I predicted--probably a year ago so I have no blog 'receipt' to prove it--the withdrawal of Coalition partners from Iraq has been spun as 'unwilling to commit' and 'declining'. What nobody seems to consider is that when the US and other nations leave Iraq--as is inevitable eventually--it could be because the work is getting done, not because they're giving up. Naturally, any Coalition withdrawal is going to be led by smaller Coalition members. The US will be the last out of Iraq, as they constitute the largest force. They can't just reduce 10% of all Coalition forces incrementally, that would leave El Salvador, Azerbaijan, or Uganda with a half-dozen guys in Iraq. (That's right, those three countries are part of the Coalition. You wouldn't know it from watching the news. Just because France and Germany stayed home, people assume that the rest of the world stayed with them. Check out the Official Coalition List, you'll be surprised.) So when the US leaves, will the withdrawal be painted as a success or a retreat?
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DOMESTIC

Jamaat ul-Fuqra in Georgia
>>> CP provides a look at another purported Jamaat ul-Fuqra compound in Commerce, Georgia. Then again in Dover, Tennessee.
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