There's something unintentionally funny in almost every paragraph of this Guardian story
. (Civilians killed in a massive bombing camaign? Amnesty International "concerned" about a military undertaking? Whatever.)
What jumped out at me was this paragraph, illustrating how there's some chance we're killing harmless Faloojiis and not foriegn Dr. Evils in our FaLujYpaper.
"Of the 22 bodies, five were found in one house as well as two children who were no older than 15 and a man with an artificial leg," said Mohammed Farhan Awad. "Some of the bodies we found had been eaten by stray dogs and cats."
(Emphais mine.) Wait a minute! Doesn't the new Osama
have just one leg? My understanding is that the jury is still out on that one. Some say
we shouldn't act on intelligence about people for whom we can't describe a specific number of legs. Me, I believe the solution is to open a betting market
, winner takes all, on whether our nemesis has zero, one, two, or three legs -- crowds can be surpisingly good at estimating the number of jellybeans in a jar, remember... why not the number of legs on a leader of a violent rebellion?
Anyway, the prosthetic legged fellow in this article was being eaten by stray cats and dogs, so if it is our guy, great! I guess that means we've made up for past mistakes
. (Unfortunately, in the same article, Zarqawi is still putting seemingly current a cappella
s out on the internet.)
I don't know how many peglegs there "ARRR" in Iraq, but for perspective, this kind of funny page
says there's 4 million amputees in the USA, so it seems like 1% or so of us Americans might have the condition Zarqawi might have. If that was true in Falujah, we'd be killing a fair number of one legged "insurgents" just by chance.