March 22, 2003
Unshocked And Unawed

Clayton Cramer of The Volokh Conspiracy (9:23 AM if the precise link doesn't work) notes news reports that some Baghdadis are standing around in the streets watching the bombing of government buildings, apparently entirely confident that no bombs will fall on them. Television news reports that many Baghdad shops reopened today.

I'm very glad we're not terrorizing ordinary Iraqi citizens, but it's possible to go too far in that direction. This morning Fox News showed a brief clip of an Iraqi flatbed truck carrying a SCUD on a multi-lane highway in Baghdad. What surprised me was that two subcompacts and a pickup truck were driving along with it or slowly passing it. (Anna the Belligerent Bunny has a picture of the truck, but the other vehicles are not visible.) They didn't seem to be part of a convoy, and none were painted military colors, but they also showed no particular hurry to get away from it. I would have thought that civilian drivers would want to stay as far as possible from such an obvious military target. Shouldn't they be at least a little bit worried that a bomb or missile could suddenly fall on it and splatter it all over the highway? Apparently not. Or perhaps they're afraid to look afraid, and prefer to edge away from the truck without being too obvious?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 22, 2003 11:32 PM

Just to pick nits, that's a SA-2, not a SCUD. Here's the SA-2:
And here's the SCUD:

That said, if I were Iraqi, I wouldn't be driving near either if I could help it. Hell, I wouldn't drive near a truck carrying a piece of culvert pipe or anything else vaugely phallic shaped. :-p

Posted by: Cybrludite on March 24, 2003 01:28 AM