Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cruelty and Cowardice

Ralph Kinney Bennett , writing at TechCentralStation:

"The beheadings are still happening, but we have an order not to broadcast them. Everything is videotaped but we can't broadcast them. We do seek to capture and imprison American soldiers, but you have to understand that it is very difficult to do so because they patrol in groups, at least 15 soldiers at a time. We hope and pray to capture them."

-- Al-Qaida fighter Abu Adam al-Maqdisi, interviewed on a radical Islamic website, April 27, 2007.

Even as we pray for those three missing American soldiers we are prepared for the worst.

And when we find them, I hope their captors, or murderers, put up a fight. In fact, I don't care if they put up a fight or if they've killed the captives or not, I want the terrorists dead. No trial, no questions, just dead. A reasonable alternative would be "extended interrogation" in which they are, ah, forced to use un-bouncy basketballs and not allowed to play video games.

("Oh, but what if you're wrong? What about the value of the rule of law ...")

Everything in its season, friends. It's a war against people who do not ascribe to the Geneva Conventions, and thus we are not obliged to offer anything except a limit on how many vultures we'll allow to feast on their rotting corpses.

Mustn't be cruel, after all.

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