Left: Mosul, yesterday. Mosul, a city of 2 million, was defended by a force of 30000 American trained and equipped Iraqi soldiers, but they didnt wait to fight a multinational force of about 800 - 1200 lightly armed irregulars. They fled, seized by sudden panic. We first met this Arab psychological phenomenon (and of abandoned armed vehicles with the keys inside and the ground littered with boots and uniforms) in Sinai 1956. Also Saddam Hussein's forces didnt fight, sometimes surrendering to the lone patrolling American who didnt know what to do with the thousands of "elite forces" insisting he/she/whatever (in the new Army you never know) take them prisioners. Western analysts are once and again misled by Arab rhetorical ferocity.