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Tuesday, March 25 

This Should Be An NRA Ad

Michael Yon has a new dispatch up, and it should be used both as an ad demonstrating the progress being made in Iraq, and also as an ad for gun owner's rights.
Al Qaeda is still trying to spin Iraq into civil war, but whereas in 2005-2006 al Qaeda was succeeding, today al Qaeda is being shredded.

An Iraqi officer near Sinjar told me that recently a group of perhaps twenty “jihadists,” many of them foreign, descended on a Nineveh village. The Iraqi officer said the terrorists killed some adults and two babies. One baby they murdered was 15 days old.

Until recently, such terror attacks inside Iraq could have coerced the village into sheltering Al Qaeda. Yet this time, the “jihadists” got an unexpected reception. Local men grabbed their rifles and poured fire on the demons, slaughtering them. Nineteen terrorists were destroyed. Times have changed for al Qaeda here. Too many Iraqis have decided they are not going to take it anymore. Al Qaeda in Iraq is still fighting, and they are tough and wily, but al Qaeda Central seems to realize there are easier targets elsewhere, perhaps in Europe, where many people demonstrate weakness in the face of terror.
I noticed several things about this.

1. Jihadists are finding it a lot harder to intimidate the people of Iraq. They used to be able to ride in to town, slaughter a few people, and the rest of the town would acquiesce to their demands. Now, the town's people fight back.

2. The town's people didn't just run to the authorities and cry for help or protection. The men of the village took decisive action, running home, grabbing their rifles, and introducing the Jihadis to their virgins. This does not mean I condone vigilantyism in America. However, if the bad guys were to ride into your town, or break into your home, would you be equipped to defend yourself, or would you hide in a closet and call 911, hoping that the police showed up in time?

I've got $5 that says you'll never see this story on the nightly news. Because Iraqis standing up to the bad guys doesn't fit their anti-Bush war agenda.

h/t The Jawa Report

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