We know what the men and boys who did the atrocity of Fallujah look like; they posed for the cameras. We know exactly what they did–again, the cameras. We know they massed on a bridge and raised their guns triumphantly. It’s all there on film. It would be good not only for elemental justice but for Iraq and its future if a large force of coalition troops led by U.S. Marines would go into Fallujah, find the young men, arrest them or kill them, and, to make sure the point isn’t lost on them, blow up the bridge.
Whatever the long-term impact of the charred bodies the short term response must be a message to Fallujah and to all the young men of Iraq: the violent and unlawful will be broken. Savagery is yesterday; it left with Saddam.
It is not only coalition forces that should send this message. It is important that Iraqis themselves–pro-peace and pro-democracy Iraqis who are attempting to build a new government–come forward to denounce what happened in Fallujah. They should stand before the world and denounce the atrocity in the most serious terms. So should our allies. And so should the United Nations.
She’s got it right, I think. The perpetrators of this dastardly, evil act must pay and pay dearly – for all our sakes, American and Iraqi alike. The message we send by our response, as Noonan says, ought to be the precise opposite of the one sent by Clinton after Mogadishu. Anything less only guarantees more of this sort of thing.
But there’s another big question here: at what point do we begin to regard the DU scum cheering our enemies on as just as much the enemies of freedom as the Fallujah terrorists and Saddam loyalists are? It all kind of reminds me of the Lefty approach to dealing with terrorists: namely, never, ever admit to the fact that you might have a blood-enemy dedicated to your annihilation out there, or in the case of the DU whackos, a bit closer at hand than is really comfortable.
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