Rummy on the mosques

Defense Department Operational Briefing

Rumsfeld gave a press conference yesterday and noted the use of holy buildings and other “off limits” sites by insurgents:

To get a sense of the stark contrast between the good that coalition forces are doing in Iraq and the tactics that the enemy has used consistently, if one thinks back, they used hospitals, they used mosques, they used schools as weapons locations and fortresses to fight from throughout the time of the invasion. The photo of terrorists using a mosque in Najaf as a base for attacks against our forces is an example of what we’re finding. There have been additional attacks taken from mosques in Fallujah, and I believe there have been embedded reporters who have been able to — as well as combat camera — able to make some of that available to the American people.

There are two ways, I suppose, one could inform readers of the Geneva Convention stipulation against using places of worship to conduct military attacks. One might be to headline saying that Terrorists Attack Coalition Forces From Mosques. That would be one way to present the information.

Another might be to say: Mosques Targeted in Fallujah. That was the Los Angeles Times headline this morning.

Here’s the link to the LA Times story. The actual link title is “Mosque Targeted in Fallouja Fighting”. That was a known known, but I don’t think any misinformation was intended by Rummy when he misquoted the title. I don’t think the same can be said for the LA Times when they only headlined the al Jazeera version of events.

I’m waiting, like everyone else, to see how the Fallujah situation develops. I’m cautiously optimistic that we’re taking the right approach, but only time will tell if our restraint will pay off. (via Instapundit)