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Sunday, March 30, 2003


I'm thinking that the car bomb attack on US Marines was not a terrorist attack....

While it certainly has similarities to terrrorist attacks in Israel (and elsewhere), I think the better description is that of a kamikaze attack - a suicide attack on a military target by a military force (in this case, an irregular military force, but a military force nonetheless).

Just like at the end of WWII, when the Japanese resorted to these attacks in a desperate attempt to deny the Allies victory, so too will the Iraqis - lacking the ability to do anything else - engage in these types of attack. And, while the Japanese attacks certainly caused significant casualties to the US, both in men and material, they ultimately failed achieve their objective. As will, I hope, these attacks by Iraqis.