Enough with Abu Ghraib. Enough with the self-loathing hand-wringing over the killers harbored in comfort at Guantanamo Bay. Enough with the still-unproved condemnations of U.S. Marines at Haditha. Two U.S. Army soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker of Madras, Ore., have been found dead at the hands of the still-potent terrorist insurgency in Iraq. Not just dead, but tortured, we are told. Their unrecognizable bodies dumped at a roadside that had been wired with bombs. According to an Iraqi military spokesman, the soldiers "were killed in a barbaric way." The two young soldiers - both had been in Iraq but a few months - had been captured at a checkpoint on June 16 in an attack that killed a third comrade, Spc. David J. Babineau of Springfield, Mass. If we are to properly understand - and fairly condemn - the revolting moral equivalencies that have sprung up regarding "violence begetting violence" in Iraq, the shocking deaths of Pfcs. Menchaca and Tucker would seem a proper place to start. It is not the policy of the U.S. military to torture enemy combatants, certainly not to the point that DNA tests become necessary to determine which disfigured corpse is which. It is not the policy of the U.S. military to behead captured enemies. Water-boarding and sleep deprivation strike us as bad and likely unproductive policies. Disfiguring torture and beheading strike us as the acts of barbarians and monsters. There is equivalence in this? Whatever one's judgment about the legal rights of enemy combatants held at Guantanamo, drawing parallels between isolated American excesses in a cruel war and such joyously celebrated "policies" of terrorists is just beyond the pale.Additional moral outrage can be found at the The Squiggler. Tammy Bruce's comments denouncing the terrorists can be found here. According to Michelle Malkin, if it weren't for the media silence, I'd be posting a lot more press commentary denouncing Al Qaeda's barbarity.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Moral Outrage: More Commentary on Al Qaeda's Extremism
In yesterday's post I suggested that more commentary on the murders of Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker would be forthcoming. (California Conservative also cross-posted the essay: See "The New Face of Evil": Al Qaeda Murders American G.I.'s in Iraq.") Today's Arizona Republic, for example, argues there's no equivalent to the barbarism committed against these G.I.'s:
Posted by Donald Douglas at 9:26 AM