U.S. forces rely on dogs to detect bombs in Iraq. Insurgents rig them with explosives.
I noted in June an incident where insurgents in Iraq loaded a dog with a bomb and sent him into a police station. Seems that it isn’t an isolated incident:
Iraqi police cite the recent use of dogs rigged with explosive devices in Latifiya, just south of Baghdad, in Baqubah in central Iraq and in and around the northern city of Kirkuk.
Some Iraqis are horrified by the ethics of dragging the animal world into a human conflict.
“How can they use these lovely pets for criminal and murderous acts?” asked Rasha Khairir, 25, an employee of a Baghdad stock brokerage. “A poor dog can’t refuse what they are doing with him because he can’t think and decide.”
I’d argue that many recruits to the terrorist ranks can’t really think and decide, either.
Insurgents have long stuffed roadside bombs into the carcasses of animals. But Iraqi security officials say they increasingly worry about the use of live animals.
“Dogs have been used in many areas by insurgents throughout Iraq” to carry explosive devices, said Noori Noori, inspector-general at the Interior Ministry. “They used mentally retarded people for operations during the elections, so why wouldn’t they use animals?”
Last year in Ramadi, in the vast desert west of the capital, insurgents dispatched a booby-trapped donkey toward a U.S.-run checkpoint around sunset. “As one of the soldiers tried to stop it, the donkey exploded,” said resident Mohammed Yas, 45. The only casualty was the donkey.
Just another way that today’s insurgents and terrorists in Iraq are very similar to our Founding Fathers. No wonder so many people seem to admire them. (via FR)