Thursday, January 13, 2005

High on More Than Life

An interesting article in today's Los Angeles Times indicates that the Iraqi insurgents are fueled by more than just fanaticism:

Although the ferocity of insurgents is generally attributed to religious fervor and a hatred of America, Marines who participated in the November assault on Fallouja say many of their foes also had something else to bolster their tenacity: drugs.

The Marines say they found numerous stockpiles of needles and drugs such as adrenaline and amphetamines while battling insurgents in the fiercest urban combat waged by U.S. forces since the Vietnam War.

In some homes used by insurgents, crack pipes were found, the Marines say.


The conduct of many of the insurgents during the fighting in Fallouja suggested that they had ingested drugs that enabled them to continue fighting even after being severely wounded, Marines and Navy medical corpsmen say.

"One guy described it as like watching the 'Night of the Living Dead,' " corpsman Peter Melady said. "People who should have been dead were still alive."

The terrorists are always taunting us about how they love death while we love life, yet they need to get themselves wired on drugs before they'll face our troops in battle.

The article provides a fascinating and chilling insight into the nature of our enemy in Iraq, and is definitely worth a look:

Fallouja Insurgents Fought Under Influence of Drugs, Marines Say

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