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Friday, November 19, 2004

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Now THIS is news

If you've grown weary of the constant negative drumbeat of cowardly reporters who don't even bother to go where the battle is, then read this account of fighting in Fallujah (via, where else?, Blackfive). Short on opinion and long on action, it tells the story of house to house, street by street combat through the eyes of the men doing the fighting. You'll feel transported to another time, when reporters reported and left the editorializing to the jerks back home.

Here's just two paragraphs of this multi-page report.
Lawson stays downstairs while Bellavia scours the first floor for more insurgents. A string of rapid-fire single shots ring out. Then silence. Then a low, pained moaning. The two soldiers waiting in the courtyard call out to Bellavia, "Hey, Sergeant Bell," but get no response. "Sergeant Bell is not answering," a message is shouted back to the platoon members across the street. "We need more guys." The platoon's other staff sergeant, Colin Fitts, 26, steps up. "Let's go," he says.

Fitts takes a small team over the road. "Terminators coming in," he bellows as he goes inside, using the unit's name in a code to warn that friendly forces are entering. Inside they find Bellavia alive and on on the hunt. Upstairs he scans the bedrooms. An insurgent jumps out of the cupboard. Bellavia falls down and fires, spraying the man with bullets. At some point another insurgent drops out of the ceiling. Yet another runs to a window and makes for the garden. Bellavia hits him in the legs and lower back as he flees. When it's over, four insurgents are dead; another has escaped badly wounded. To Bellavia, Fitts says, "That's a good job, dude. You're a better man than me." Bellavia shakes his head. "No, no, no," he mutters.
Grab me a beer, will ya?