Monday, November 15, 2004Hearts And Minds
Do you know what this is a picture of?
It's a picture of a US Marine... inside a mosque... shooting an unarmed, injured prisoner.
Is this prisoner likely an insurgent? Yes, that seems very possible. Was the soldier wrong to kill him? Yes and no... yes, because you shouldn't really kill unarmed people (bad for the old image, you know), but on the other hand, it's not terribly likely that this was an innocent bystander. Although that's also possible.
The point is, for a country that's swearing upside-down and sideways that our purpose in Iraq is to "win hearts and minds," performing cold-blooded executions inside an extremely sensitive location is just staggeringly destructive. This kind of shit CANNOT happen.
Hearts and minds, splattered all over the walls. That's compassionate warmongering.