quote:It took one Shi'ite named Ali formally to turn the Iraqi war of national liberation into a pan-Islamic jihad.
Last week, Sergeant Ali Jaffar Mousa Hamadi al-Nomani became the first suicide bomber of the war, in an incident outside Najaf. On Monday, American soldiers killed seven Iraqi women and children, also near Najaf. They were among 13 people traveling in a van that didn't stop at a US checkpoint. According to the US version, the soldiers first fired into the air, then into the engine, and then into the passenger compartment. According to the Iraqi version, they fired with no warning. The tragic incident is graphic proof of how Washington's military planners haven't read their Sun Tzu ("Know your enemy and you know yourself"): How can you become a welcomed liberator when you have to be suspicious of an entire civilian population?