Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"The Strength of Street Knowledge" in Mosul

The Washington Post's front page has what I can only describe as an interesting article on Sgt. 1st Class Domingo Ruiz and his 3rd Battalion's C Company. Ruiz, born in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, lets the insurgents of Mosul "witness the strength of street knowledge." The article explores the tactics of Ruiz's own "ghetto," or if you prefer "urban," brand of counter-insurgency, which he brags he learned "fighting turf battles in New York with 'whatever you had in your pocket.'" The article is an uncomfortable read and allows a look inside urban counter-insurgency, or what C Company's commander Capt. Rob Born calls "probably the ugliest form of warfare there is." Expect exploding heads and dismemberment - basically an all-too-real Iraqi Sin City.