May 11, 2004


Al-Qaeda would have us believe that the murder of Nicholas Berg was in retaliation for the prison abuse at Abu Ghraib. So I suppose we'd be justified in wiping out a couple of holy sites with MOAB's. Proportional response and all.

Abu Ghraib does not justify this. This does not justify Abu Ghraib, assuming the murderers were not actually in Abu Ghraib. The fact that we're not going to nuke Mecca in retaliation proves we're better than they are. Not that we should need reminding of this. Abu Ghraib represents a betrayal of our principles, while this murder represents an expression of theirs.

My doubts about the overall merits of the decision to go to war in Iraq or the ability of the Bush administration to successfully manage the effort notwithstanding, this is a prime reason why we have to win. The worst case would be that swine like them come to believe that they can defeat us if only they are sufficiently brutal.

Posted by Mr Green at May 11, 2004 06:21 PM

Extremely well put.

Posted by: Simon at May 12, 2004 02:53 AM

You took the words right outta my mouth Simon.

Posted by: Ted at May 12, 2004 06:48 AM

You acurately said in one sentence what most people are failing to grasp...

Posted by: Sarah at May 13, 2004 08:36 AM