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И еще — о войне в Ираке. О Войне

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В том же Newsweek очень интересное интервью.

О войне в Ираке и Афганистане.

Если о погибших американцах, что-то было известно, то — мало кому было интересно, сколько на тех войнах гибнет “неамериканцев”.

В интервью этот вопрос, тоже, немного затрагивается.

NEWSWEEK: Your book starts with the Haditha massacre. You call it the end of “the first misbegotten phase of the American war in Iraq.” Why is that?

Thomas Ricks: It comes to an end in Haditha because the Marines kill 24 women, children and men. The entire chain of command, when finally asked about it, said that it was routine stuff. I only found out after the book was published that the Marines didn’t even file a SIGACT. That’s short for a Significant Action Reported. The killing of 24 civilians wasn’t seen as significant enough to report. This is so at odds with basic counterinsurgency theory, which is “don’t focus on killing or capturing the enemy. Focus on protecting the population.” If Haditha occurred today, it would shock the entire U.S. military establishment and there would be a swift response. [Back] then it took months and the intervention of journalism to call the situation to the attention of top commanders.

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