Here’s an excerpt from an article describing Fallujah that I saw linked to somewhere:
Deeply conservative and anti-American, Fallujah has a population of some 200,000, all of whom are members of Islam’s mainstream Sunni Muslim sect. Some subscribe to radical interpretations of Islam, finding behavior by American troops like raiding homes and detaining men in front of wives and children as deeply offensive.
It’s the kind of basic brain paralysis observed in this paragraph that keeps people from understanding the challenges we face in Iraq. Does one really have to subscribe to a “radical interpretation of Islam” to be offended and angered by living in a world where your home can be raided in the middle of the night by foreign soldiers and you can be hauled off to jail without actually having to be accused of anything?