Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Sunday, 16 May 2004

Echoes from a distant past in infantry skirmish last night in Iraq

The Scottish regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is reported to have engaged in a 3-hour infantry battle of a very old-fashioned kind, using fixed bayonets in its efforts to attack positions "held by more than 100 fighters loyal to the outlawed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, according to military sources". This, unfortunately, is the real grim face of war even today, when it is necessary to engage in close combat and when high-tech remotely-operated weaponry is not considered appropriate.

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