HUMANITARIAN BOMBING

HUMANITARIAN BOMBING: This WaPo piece is mainly rehash of stuff we’ve seen already. The striking thing, buried in the article, is the remarkable effort to avoid killing innocents.

Because it was after 9 p.m. in Baghdad when the attacks started, and a Friday, the Muslim day of prayer when government offices are closed, it was unlikely that many workers in the targeted buildings were at their posts. Rumsfeld said that the targets, and the weapons used to strike them, had been carefully chosen to minimize casualties among ordinary Iraqis.

Quite commendable, seeing as how we’re imperialists and everything.

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