2003 March 21 Friday
The Problem With The Bombing Campaign Over Baghdad

The strikes against the Iraqi regime's administrative buildings may be destroying valuable evidence of past covert operations of the regime, information about Iraqi intelligence agents currently abroad, and extensive documentation of contacts with assorted terrorist groups. Knocking out palaces that are more for Saddam's luxurious lifestyle is undestandable. Knocking out communications and radar and military command centers are both similarly understandable. But the bombs dropped on administrative buildings come with the cost of covering up past misdeeds and of information about other governments and terrorist groups. I have to wonder whether these downsides were considered when target choices were made.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 March 21 04:12 PM  Military War, Rumours Of War

Javier Llopis said at March 22, 2003 4:26 AM:

I have also thought about the risk of destroying evidence of the regime's crimes by, for instance, bombing the home affairs ministry building, the police headquarters or the Al Baath party headquarters, but on the other hand I think launching a few missiles at them now and then will, at the risk of destroying some -even most- of the incriminating documents, make it a dangerous task for someone to go there and sistematically destroy ALL of them as capitulation time approaches. And I don't think that this is the reason why they are being bombed: they are bombed because they are the places where command is likely to be gathered and orders to be issued from. After all, toppling the regime is the main purpose rather than post war retailiation.

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