Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Resisting the Resistance

Yesterday a Baghdadi carpenter and his nephews attacked a group of masked insurgents in the working-class neighborhood of Doura, killing three. As Robert F. Worth of the NYTs reports:
It was the first time that private citizens are known to have retaliated successfully against the insurgents. There have been anecdotal reports of residents shooting at attackers after a bombing or an assassination. But the gun battle on Tuesday erupted in full view of at least a dozen witnesses, including a Justice Ministry official who lives nearby.
Hopefully, this is only the beginning and a signal that ordinary Iraqis are not only sick of terrorism, but willing to go on the offensive.