Sep 25, 2007
I wish I could say this was unbelievable
The US forces take a page from the trophy hunter and poachers' bible. The US forces are luring in Iraqis so they can shoot them. This is called baiting. Here is the link.
The picture above is a bear at a bait trough. Could you, would you, should you shoot it? I am not viscerally anti-hunting by any means, but baiting just seems like cheating. You might as well shoot a pig in a sty (and pork tastes a lot better than bear.)
Baiting Iraqis is beyond the pale. In many states baiting for game (by hunters) is illegal. And I would add that in all states, I think it is unethical.
But as an anti-insurgent tactic, it is unbelievable. In a culture where so much is missing, any found object is a tool not necessarily a weapon. Why even bother with the snipers? Let's just put out shiny geegaws that explode when they're touched, or poison the drinking water.