Of itchy trigger-fingers and beheaded aid workers


Headlife people–I’ve been consumed by a project that has me going from 7 am to 11 pm for most of the last week and probably for the next couple. Sometimes I eat.

In the meantime I thought I’d contribute this little op-ed from the London Times. I don’t think that the Marine shooting incident in Fallujah is a minor thing, but I do wish it were more openly discussed that there is a double-standard. There should be double-standard, I’m fine with it, and we should be comfortable with it. But the media (revisiting a favorite subject on this blog), especially the broader Western media identified by this editorialist should stop pretending that all their subjects are treated equally. And I do believe the outrage generated by this single incident is more than a little disingenuous–it actually got more press than the beheading of Margaret Hassan. How sick is that?



  1. As you say, I don’t mind holding US Marines to a higher standard than Zarqawi. But this op-ed is right–the terrorists get little scrutiny because after all who can blame them for beheading people alive? It’s all our fault. (BS) 

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  2. So I am a stickler, but I don’t believe Hassan was beheaded. She suffered a horrible death, but not that one (I think). 

    <><><><>Posted by<><> <><>John C.


  3. Shot in the head. But still… 

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  4. Stuart, great op ed piece, thanks.

    I think it is assinine that the press is making anything about this at all. It is very difficult to judge that Marine for what happened. Background: Two days of heavy door-to-door fighting plus the fact that a booby-trapped dead body had killed a Marine in this very company either that day or the day before seem to suggest that <><>it would have been sheer negligence for that Marine not to have shot that insurgent in this situation<><>–the US rules of engagement are clear and this Iraqi, in this context, posed the immediate threat that justifies deadly action for a US Marine. Additional background: fighters had fired on US Marineds from this very same mosque a number of hours earlier and had been killed; when the Marines showed up at the mosque again, they were fired on again from the mosque. When they went in they saw the same bodies from the shooters from the previous incident lined up in a row, except that wounded fighter who raised his arm. The Marine shouted “he’s only f__ing faking that he is dead” a couple of times and then shot him. Again, <><>wouldn’t it have been negligence not to do so and risk the suicidal attack that is so common from this enemy<><>?

    If America really is an empire or Nazis, as Europe and the press want to depict us, then we would have handled Falluja differently: ever hear of the Warsaw Ghetto, anyone? It was within America’s power to mete out the same fate to Falluja as to the Warsaw Ghetto: complete obliteration. But America did not do this, opting instead for the extremely risky and costly option of house-to-house fighting. 

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