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  • I am amazed that it worked so well, especially since most Iraqis know we aren't really going to shoot them.

    Are you sure that it's the guns that make them worried? I'd assume that each individual Iraqi vehicle's driver figured out that in a smash, his/her vehicle would come off far worse than your (presumably very solidly built) military vehicle. I've always regarded this as a sort of top trumps, roughly Volvo trumps $car, Land Rover trumps Volvo. (At least as far as the vehicles I'd be able to buy round here and drive)

    Mmmm. Digression. My driving licence says that I also have a provisional licence for driving tracked vehicles. Presumably tank with L plates trumps most things.

    • No matter if it is guns or something else, it all comes down to the willingness to use the weapon. We're not as scary as the Republican Guard was, for instance. :)
      • Exactly. I once was riding with an acquaintance who wanted to make a multiple lane change through heavy uncooperative traffic. After a short while of requesting access (using his turn signal) he gave up and simply started moving over into the desired lane, saying "My car is older than your car." His clunky old station wagon quite readily trumped the vehicles of drivers who were more concerned about getting scratches on their paint, regardless of whether they were Volvos.