June 21, 2006
The brutal murder and torture of two American soldiers by terrorists in Iraq is more proof of the type of people we’re dealing with. One waits -- and probably in vain -- for the European Union to denounce the killings, or for a meeting of the UN to pass a resolution condemning the acts.
The liberals will say – and some of the kook fringe is already saying it – that America deserves this because of Abu Ghraib, or Guantanamo or the killing of the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Zarqawi. For them, America is never right and nothing is worth fighting for.
Torture and murder are not in anyone’s rules of war playbook, except for the terrorists. Why do so many need these reminders of who we’re dealing with? The big media won’t devote as much attention to the murder and torture of these men as they have to the supposed abuse of detainees in Guantanamo.
NBC managed to find an uncle of one of the dead men who criticized President Bush and the war. But he told his mother he wanted to be there and believed he was defending his country. Why don’t the networks report on any heroes and the work they are doing?
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.