First of all let me start by saying that I was not trying to justify what these people did in any sort of way. Secondly I won’t pretend that I can explain anything that is going on in Iraq. All I can do is try to step outside of our cushy borders and at least TRY to look at some things from an Iraqi’s perspecttive. I agree that it was barbaric, but so is war. War makes people do horrible, inconcievable things that they would never do on a normal basis.
The Iraqis have known little but war, famine, and fear for a very long time now. The young Iraqis, who are most likely to be in the insurgency, have known NOTHING but war their entire lives.
I guess that my point is that there is hardly anyone in the US that has known violence and war as long as the common Iraqi. Therefore, although I despise what happened today, it is hard to me just to say, “Fuck them all!” We don’t have enough soldiers to combat what would happen if this became policy.
What we are doing, what I think is more or less working, is we are taking out the leaders of the rebel groups and trying to win the hearts and minds of the common Iraqi, by giving them a chance at sovereignty.
btw Littlejay- I know that when you say “Fuck them all!” ,you aren’t talking about all Muslims. I was just making a point and taking you slightly out of context. There is just a group of people on this board who constantly say, “let’s just make a parking lot out of Iraq”-those people are whom I am addressing.