War quotes that don't quite measure up to Churchill

“We had a great day,” Sergeant Schrumpf said. “We killed a lot of people.”

But in the heat of a firefight, both men conceded, when the calculus often warps, a shot not taken in one set of circumstances may suddenly present itself as a life-or-death necessity.

“We dropped a few civilians,” Sergeant Schrumpf said, “but what do you do?”

To illustrate, the sergeant offered a pair of examples from earlier in the week.

“There was one Iraqi soldier, and 25 women and children,” he said, “I didn’t take the shot.”

But more than once, Sergeant Schrumpf said, he faced a different choice: one Iraqi soldier standing among two or three civilians. He recalled one such incident, in which he and other men in his unit opened fire. He recalled watching one of the women standing near the Iraqi soldier go down.

“I’m sorry,” the sergeant said. “But the chick was in the way.”

Well, Churchill wasn’t an army sergeant for one thing…

Troy

Further, if you’d like to skip that pesky login page, simply replace the ‘www’ with ‘archive’:

http://archive.nytimes.com/2003/03/29/international/worldspecial/29HALT.html

Geez, the dude said he was sorry. What more do you want?

From William Gibson’s blog, as heard on sky news:

“Umm Qasr is a town similar to Southampton”, UK Defence Minister Geoff Hoon told the House of Commons yesterday. “He’s either never been to Southampton, or he’s never been to Umm Qasr”, said one British soldier, informed of this while on patrol in Umm Qasr. Another added: “There’s no beer, no prostitutes, and people are shooting at us. It’s more like Portsmouth.”

“There’s no beer, no prostitutes, and people are shooting at us. It’s more like Portsmouth.”

There’s few things better in life than dry British humour :D