On Nov. 9, the day after U.S. and Iraqi forces initiated a major offensive to take Fallujah, The Post ran a special "With the Insurgents" report on its front page: "In Hideout, Foreign Arabs Share Vision of 'Martyrdom.' "

Apparently, the editors felt it was imperative that readers get an eyewitness account of what motivates young Arabs to kill American and Iraqi soldiers, as well as innocent civilians, and revel in their own martyrdom. Accompanying the above-the-fold article was a photo of men presumably in the act of trying to kill U.S. and Iraqi troops as they fought to take the city at the behest of the Iraqi government.

What is the merit or insight provided by the tired rhetoric contained in this report? Many of the men publicized in the article are the people responsible for a portion of U.S. troop fatalities -- then at 1,133 -- so diligently reported by The Post in its daily tally of casualties, on Page A24 of that day's paper.

Perhaps The Post could review its archives to see if earlier editors published special reports with headlines such as, "With the Nazis Repelling Allied Invasion of Normandy" or "With the Japanese Fleet off the Hawaiian Islands."

I hope your editors discussed the incongruity of printing a report from the enemy viewpoint while our soldiers and allies are fighting and dying.

MIKE STIEVATER

Herndon