Let’s make one thing clear-
NO ONE is making excuses for what those people did. I, along with probably everyone else here, think that these people need to be bought to justice. I don’t think that the people who did the mutilating, dismembering etc should be killed, but they need to be put away.
The real culprits here are the ones who carried out the attack in the first place. However awful the images are, I believe that the worst act was the killings themselves. These are the people who incite the mobs, and without them, this wouldn’t have happened.
All I am trying to get across is that these people ARE people. It is not like they just woke up one morning saying to themselves, “I think that I am going to do some mutilation today.”
Daman and Moisture-
I basically agree with what you had to say. This is an inexcusable act, and those people need to pay. But as I said before, and I may be wrong, these people aren’t the ones who actually killed the people in the car. I doubt the guys with the AKs, RPGs and whatnot actually stayed around too see this happen, because they had no idea that the military wouldn’t be coming asap. We need to kill/capture the people behind the initial attack before mob violence like this, which it seems was incited by the carnage, ever happens again.
You raise an interesting point about mob mentality. While we in the US feel that we are above it, if you look back into our recent history, you will see that we were plauged by it. I could give countless examples from the civil rights movement, but I feel that we are all probably familiar enough with our own history.
Let me reiterate-- I am not making excuses, I am only trying to add some perspective. I again say, that if I was there I would have been in the same boat. Any amount of talking I could have done would’ve been useless.
I just feel that we cannot afford to make any generalizations about the middle east as a population. I see this happening more and more every day and it is scary. If we want to stabalize the region and bring democracy to these people, then we NEED to know that they are not different from us on a basic level. They are only different from us on a cultural level, and that is what many fail to see.
I am suprised to see that this thread has not degraded into personal attacks. I believe that is the worst thing that could happen. We all feel for the families of the victims, and turning this thread into a bunch of insults would only dishonor their memories. Thank you.