Thursday, January 19, 2006

Only Monsters Could Kill this Woman

Yesterday, the terrorists who kidnapped American freelance reporter Jill Carroll, broadcast her image on TV and threatened to kill her unless America releases all female prisoners in Iraq. Who are these monsters? And who do they think supports such inhumanity?

All feminism aside, the vast majority of people in this world consider killing an innocent woman to be one of the most barbaric acts imaginable. For reasons of sociology, psychology, evolution or culture, murdering a 28 year-old woman (who doesn’t look a day over 20) feels worse than murdering a 38-year old man.

What all this means is, should these terrorists carry through on their threat, most people will perceive this as one of the most horrific acts of evil perpetrated in this war. And, as much as we try to pull back and analyze the socio-politico reasons for this war, doesn’t it always come back to horrific evil?

September 11th. Bali. Madrid. London. All over Iraq. All over Israel (even today in Tel Aviv). Our enemy continues to perpetrate horrific evil.

There are those who think we (America, the West) are responsible for this war on terror—that our actions created and continue to fuel our enemy. But while we have never been perfect, we have never been evil. No where close. No where even close.

Meanwhile, our enemy thrives on evil, rejoicing in the slaughter of innocents. The difference between them and us is strikingly clear. You need look no further than the face of Jill Carroll


Blogger Rob Jackson said...


I assume you mean that we've (as a country) never been evil during the course of this war. I would agree with you there. Our purposes and intentions, while not perfect are not evil.

I do not agree that we've never been evil ever. This is simply not true. Nagasaki and Hiroshima were evil acts. Our intentions in both instances were to level cities and to kill thousands, including 28 yr old women.

You are correct. Our nation as a whole and government are far from being like our terrorists enemies.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...

I was specifically referencing this war. Although I'm not sure dropping the atom bomb was so clearly "evil." But I believe we've had that debate before.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US has been far from perfect and has certainly at least supported evil in the past. I don't know how you can limit it to a certain starting date for this war. That being said, our enemies are certainly evil monsters, deserve no support and should be removed from the face of this earth. Recognizing how terrible our enemies are does not absolve us from our past mistakes and should not prevent us from bettering ourselves.

11:04 AM  

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