have been Killed in Iraq and elsewhere by the terrorists or anything. Try asking the family of Daniel Perle just how pro Al Qaeda he or his colleagues or his newspaper were. Oh yeah, you can't, he's dead, along with about a dozen of his colleagues, none of them killed by our side.
It takes such guts, such fortitude, such fearlessness, to write like you do from the safetyConnecticut. I currently have my best friend being chased out of Israel by Hezbollah. She's living at present in a bomb shelter, her archaeological dig open to the elements and no way to cover it as the Israeli's move up tanks (good, just so you know) because of Hezbollah attacks condemned in the New York Times (good, since you can't tell). She's leaving tomorrow, the road out escorted or even transported by the Israeli army will be the most dangerous part of the journey. Funny she doesn't share your prejudices in reading material, she's actually there. Then to Jerusalem to save as much of the material as possible, finish catalogueing, and photographing it and pass it along to the Israeli Archaeology Authorities. Her response. It's the fault of Hezbollah that she can't finish the dig, cover everything up to protect it from weather damage and probable pilferage.
My opinion, it's the fault of Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, the insurgents, the terrorists, Wahabism, and the school system in Pakistan that is anti-western, anti-American, pro-terrorist.
It's so easy to put words in other people's mouths and then react as if that's what they really think. It's cheap and dishonest too. There isn't a moderate or a liberal who would approve of any of this, or who approves of the actions of Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Al Sadr whom I'd like to see a piano fall on right now, and every other nasty you care to mention.
None of this is coming from a government like for example North Viet Nam who played a far more cunning and for them costly game, and who did get foreign journalists on their side. What appeared in American newspapers then were mostly stories of Democratic and Republican Administration excesses in pusuing the anti-war movement or illegal acts like burglarizing Daniel Ellesberg's psychiatrist's office, or Watergate. None of that was Anti-American, or even particularly liberal, it was just reporting the news. Even that doesn't make the newspapers liberal, or Anti-American, or pro Hanoi. It just means they were following a story.
Yes, again from the Viet Nam War, the rules for the underdog appear different from those applied to the US. The US is expected to show better levels of conduct because the US is expected to be more civilized than a third world country.
Now I don't think this applies to terrorists. Terrorists, even well organized terrorists, have no country to represent, or to represent them. Their actions are by definition inhumane, beyond ethics, and they themselves are reprehensible. Their actions are deliberately inhumane so as to attract as much attention as possible. Terrorism, since you ask(!?) is a 19th Century Russian invention meant to attack an absolutist monarchy. Mostly it was directed at the Monarchy viz the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife that started World War 1.
The new terrorism was invented by Yasser Arafat.
Were there a foolproof way of differentiating Al Qaeda from the average Afghan or any other captive in US custody, I would suggest the death penalty in all cases. But there is no foolproof way. I truly wish there were, for every terrorist in every country, including Canada which has its Sikh terrorists who blew up a 747 in mid Atlantic killing about 300. I would round up Armenian terrorists, even though I support their cause. I would round up Kurdish terrorists, even though I support their cause. I would happily see Hammas decimated (in this case reduced to 1/10th), Hezbollah obliterated, Al Qaeda obliterated, Wahabbism denounced by the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, its practitioners rounded up and the terrorists among them executed. I would also see Western funding for a non religion based education system in Pakistan and a truth campaign by respected Islamic scholars clerics and imams who are not Anti-Western to start with, people with experience of the West speaking out and contradicting all the lies that are taught and believed in most Islamic countries about the West.
Western Oil Companies have bribed and lied and cheated there way through the Middle East. Britain and the United States have changed governments there as it suited them, why shouldn't those in the Middle East feel that they are the pawns of Western interests. Sadly this belief comes to its fullest strength just as the Western domination is ending.
Maybe what is needed is a species of Truth and Reconciliation commission.
The one group who are not at fault in this whole sorry mess are the fictional "liberal media" who are viewed as the devil by Islamists and terrorists everywhere.