Danger on Route Irish
Austin Bay has an interesting piece at StrategyPage.com entitled, “Danger on Route Irish.” It discusses roadblock procedures in Iraq, based on his own experiences there.
[O]ne rule never changes at a roadblock: Even escorted military convoys slow down as they approach a roadblock. As for a single civilian auto approaching at high speed? If a driver doesn’t hit the brakes, the troops will shoot.
Though the Iraqi election and the democratic surge in Lebanon demonstrate that this most intricate war we’re fighting has the potential for huge payoffs in hope, justice and peace, on Baghdad’s streets a Fiat might still be a kamikaze. Or is it a family sedan? As the car rushes forward the soldier — whose life is on the line — has a split-second to decide.
For my thoughts on the roadblock issue, see “The Gray Zone Between War and Peace” at Tech Central Station.