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Thursday, April 29, 2004

don't loot

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"Winning the hearts and minds." Or, in this case, pissing off the locals by squashing one of their cars with a tank. Some American GIs, having found some Iraqis looting some firewood, and having ascertained that they couldn't explain to them in English (surprise) just what it was they were doing wrong, decided to use some Pavlovian-style deterrence tactics instead, and destroy the car into which they were loading the wood. With the wood inside still, of course. And after having shot it up a bit first, just for fun. The MeFi crew had a field-day with this one.