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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

11/19/2004

Late, Very Late

Such is the fear that the heavily armed militants held over Fallujah that many of the residents who emerged from the ruins welcomed the US marines, despite the massive destruction their firepower had inflicted on their city.

A man in his sixties, half-naked and his underwear stained with blood from shrapnel wounds from a US munition, cursed the insurgents as he greeted the advancing marines on Saturday night.

"I wish the Americans had come here the very first day and not waited eight months," he said, trembling. Nearby, a mosque courtyard had been used as a weapons store by the militants.
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This article appeared on the 15th. The tragedy of Fallujah lies in the fact the Americans did not take the city in April. I suspect the reason they didn't lay in a failed understanding of the readiness of the Iraqi forces to assume control.