Monday, February 13, 2006

Rummy's assassination squad

Despite the boys-with-toys drooling over SAS and American special forces activities in the Middle East, this Sunday Times article contains one astonishing statistic:

Rumsfeld had created a killer elite that has been compared favourably by one its key US architects, Lieutenant-General Jerry Boykin, with America’s highly controversial Phoenix programme, which secretly eradicated about 20,000 people without judicial process during the Vietnam war.

So, a group of troops supposedly targetting a small number of Al-Qaeda leaders are compared favourably to those responsible for mass extra-judicial slaughter in Vietnam. Has the British government forgotten so quickly the lessons from the SAS shoot-to-kill policy in Gibraltar?

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