This thread is a place to discuss the appropriateness of women in combat, so we don't hijack the memorial thread. I think it is regrettable that women have to be in combat, but it seems somewhat necessary in Iraq. Men could not search Muslim women without causing further uprising and directly opposing their own efforts to quell the insurgency. Women must be available to do this, or else we would be unable to search Iraqi women. What then? Terrorists will dress up as women and have carte blanche to do whatever they want, wherever they want.