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Delenda est Casey

Ok I think it ought to be "delendum" since Casey is presumably a male noun... but either way there seem to be alot of pro-Pennacchio diaries around.

I know the guy who wrote that. He volunteers for Casey in Lancaster. It's a good one. You can watch the Casey supporters' heads explode in the comments.

What do you know about troll rating at dKos?

Troll rating at dKos used to mean "I don't like you so I am trying to silence you". I'm sure it still means that since the change.

It's supposed to be a way to eliminate spam and such.

Please read over this.

Is it just me or is the described reaction IEDs in this article basically blowing the lid on a US policy of deliberately murdering civilians near to IED explosions as a form of collective punishment? Basically does the US have a policy of "If we shoot all the civilians near any IED then Iraqis will start to watch out for insurgents placing IEDs for us."

Here's the relevent parts (althought the whole article is worth reading):

"When IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices] would go off by the side of the road, the instructions were - or the practice was - to basically shoot up the landscape, anything that moved. And that kind of thing would happen a lot."

and also,

"Well, I mean, I have seen innocent people being killed. IEDs go off and [you] just zap any farmer that is close to you. You know, those people were out there trying to make a living, but on the other hand, you get hit by four or five of those IEDs and you get pretty tired of that, too."

"Well, I mean, I have seen innocent people being killed. IEDs go off and [you] just zap any farmer that is close to you. You know, those people were out there trying to make a living, but on the other hand, you get hit by four or five of those IEDs and you get pretty tired of that, too."

That's war, man. It just always happens that way. The guys with the guns get tired of being targets and they kill whatever moves. Then they come back home destroyed. But it's impolite to ask questions of the people who dragged us onto the merry-go-round this time. They've really suffered enough.

I got the Guardian link from Imitatio Christi.

The first guy says they were instructed to shoot everybody in sight. And then corrects himself. I wonder. There could be a lot of reasons for doing it but the fact is it turns out to be very convenient for US command to not bother to reprimand anyone for this sort of behaviour.

Just like the non-official orders that the guards at Abu Ghraib were getting. Maintain deniability.

If I am reading this correctly there are less than a dozen people who post a diary a day at dKos. The number of active diary readers is at least 12,000. It doesn't seem all that hard to get into the 50 most recommended list.

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