Tuesday, April 13, 2004

My good friend, Sunil, who runs the radical online newsletter Dissident Voice, sends out emails to let his devoted readers know of updates to his site. Generally, his emails are prefaced with notable quotations.

You'd think that by now I would have grown a thick skin, but I was so stunned by the quotations he sent out in his email today that I had to share them with you. Here they are, copied and pasted from what Sunil sent me:

"Given the virulent nature of the enemy, the prospect of some city father
walking in and getting Joe Jihadi to give himself up is pretty slim .
That's fine, because they'll get whipped up, come out fighting again and
get mowed down ... Their only choices are to submit or die"

-- Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne, 5th Marine Battalion in Fallujah, Iraq
(Washington Post, April 11, 2004)

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"We will always be humanitarian in our efforts. We will fight him on
our terms. May God help them when we're done with them."

-- Maj Gen James N. Hattis, First Marine Division commander, email
quoted in New York Times (April 11, 2004)

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"Remaining dissenters must be harshly dealt with. Fear can be a good thing.
How do you think Saddam controlled Iraq all these decades?"

-- Bill O'Reilly, Fox TV's resident fascist and Saddam admirer, commenting
on how US forces should employ Saddam's techniques against recalcitrant