We keep hearing about the heavy fighting around An Nasiriyah, Al Basrah, and along the supply lines. Certainly there’s some shooting and killing going on, but none of it should really be called “heavy.” The attacks by irregulars and raids by SUV-equipped militia-types are nothing more than harrassment. Potentially deadly, to be sure, but certainly not a battle in the military sense of the term. If the media goes berserk over the losses we’ve suffered so far (and they are), what are they going to do when the fighting actually starts for real? When the US forces converging on Baghdad begin fighting in earnest against the Republican Guards defending their capital we will see fierce resistance. And if/when we enter Baghdad, we will see heavy casualties.