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"Combat operations are underway on the streets"

"This place is going to look like Little Somalia," Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard's Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission
 http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1077495.php


September 02, 2005
Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans
By Joseph R. Chenelly
Times staff writer

NEW ORLEANS Combat operations are underway on the streets "to take this city back" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"This place is going to look like Little Somalia," Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard's Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission from a staging area outside the Louisiana Superdome. "We're going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control."
Jones said the military first needs to establish security throughout the city. Military and police officials have said there are several large areas of the city are in a full state of anarchy.
Dozens of military trucks and up-armored Humvees left the staging area just after 11 a.m. Friday, while hundreds more troops arrived at the same staging area in the city via Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters.
"We're here to do whatever they need us to do," Sgt. 1st Class Ron Dixon, of the Oklahoma National Guard's 1345th Transportation Company. "We packed to stay as long as it takes."
While some fight the insurgency in the city, other carry on with rescue and evacuation operations. Helicopters are still pulling hundreds of stranded people from rooftops of flooded homes.
Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and police helicopters filled the city sky Friday morning. Most had armed soldiers manning the doors. According to Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Grishamn, a spokesman for the amphibious assault ship Bataan, the vessel kept its helicopters at sea Thursday night after several military helicopters reported being shot at from the ground.
Numerous soldiers also told Army Times that they have been shot at by armed civilians in New Orleans. Spokesmen for the Joint Task Force Headquarters at the Superdome were unaware of any servicemen being wounded in the streets, although one soldier is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained during a struggle with a civilian in the dome Wednesday night.
"I never thought that at a National Guardsman I would be shot at by other Americans," said Spc. Philip Baccus of the 527th Engineer Battalion. "And I never thought I'd have to carry a rifle when on a hurricane relief mission. This is a disgrace."
Spc. Cliff Ferguson of the 527th Engineer Battalion pointed out that he knows there are plenty of decent people in New Orleans, but he said it is hard to stay motivated considering the circumstances.
"This is making a lot of us think about not reenlisting." Ferguson said. "You have to think about whether it is worth risking your neck for someone who will turn around and shoot at you. We didn't come here to fight a war. We came here to help."
Quoted from above 03.Sep.2005 15:03

AK

"While some fight the insurgency in the city, other carry on with rescue and evacuation operations. "

New Orleans survivors now "insurgents."

Time to act 03.Sep.2005 15:31

S

The US military-government is literally declaring war on its citizens.
You've got to get out in the streets over this.
I'm following this from Britain and its easy for me to say, but you've got to act now over this. Whatever way you can. You've got to show solidarity and help defend those people in there.
I'll do all I can to publicize this over here.

Louisiana Governor threatens 'insurgents' with SHOOT-TO-KILL 03.Sep.2005 15:43

guardian uk - repost - via common dreams

Kathleen Blanco, the Democrat governor of Louisiana, threatened looters with a shoot-to-kill policy.

"These troops are battle-tested. They have M16s and are locked and loaded," she said. "These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will."


Yet 03.Sep.2005 17:24

jack

another progression into civil war...

hows it going 03.Sep.2005 20:47

TheTroll

At least you know that Bush will insure the electricity will be fixed in time for e-voting so that the election can also be fixed.

Little Somalia 04.Sep.2005 04:18

jack

What does this imply???

i'm guessing 04.Sep.2005 06:32

little somalia

probably refers to the lawless, chaotic state in which most of somalia has existed for decades, which only worsened after u.n. forces attempted to intervene on the ground between '93 and '95. then again, the good captain might also be attempting to make a flippant comparison between the racial make-up and living conditions of the two places. there's good reason to believe that our captain has all of the above in mind when he speaks of NOLA being a little somalia.

bigotry is implied 04.Sep.2005 06:51

chinese sneakers

that he's barely managing to veil his bigotry is what i'm hearing.

militarizing 04.Sep.2005 07:08

the ruins

The implication is clearly that the ruins of New Orleans are to be militarized. So it's time to shoot and kill the rabble, or at least those who haven't already starved or expired naturally.

Union or Confederate? 09.Sep.2005 16:16

Marijuanifornia

Are we to accept that American soldiers are forcing American citizens from their own homes at gunpoint upon orders from the highest position of American military command?

In 1942, the US Federal government legalized "Marihuana" to support our troops in World War 2. The US Dept of Agriculture made a 14-minute film for American farmers on how to grow cannabis sativa for the war effort. The film is titled, "HEMP FOR VICTORY."  http://www4.archive.org/details/Hemp_for_victory_1942

The parachute George HW Bush used in 1942 when his bomber was shot down was 100% LEGAL homegrown American "Marihuana." GW Bush was not born until 1946. So, legal "Marihuana" has saved the lives of 2 US Presidents.

If America were to legalize "Marihuana" now to support our troops in this "endless global war," then hemp would replace fossil fuels for the world's energy and war for oil would end.