I’m still trying to sort something out, so maybe someone can help me.
The ICRC has indicated in its own independent study that on at least one occasion, United States occupation forces have tortured to the point of death (the ICRC examined the corpse) Iraqi citizens who are (by definition) innocent, since they’ve not been convicted of anything.
But the Iraqis – using a method of execution that we consider to be extremely humane, so much so that it’s how we slaughter the cattle we eat for food – are psychopaths, and “evil incarnate”, etc., etc., etc.
Peter David summed it up, essentially, as being that the Iraqi resistance has been watching The Untouchables lately, in that they’ve decided to start doing things The Chicago Way…
“They pull a knife, you pull a gun. They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue. That’s the Chicago Way, and that’s how you get Capone.”
Peter, Brian, Rob, John, and myriad others, though, are calling for us to escalate it even further. There seems to be a serious groundswell of people saying “fuck this, let’s nuke them!”
So is the general consensus, “Hey, wait! Only we are allowed to torture people to the point where they die, dammit! Screw this, where’s my LGM-118A Peacekeeper missiles?!”
Because I really and truly don’t understand how anyone can honestly think this guy’s death wasn’t 100% completely retaliatory for (and completely equal in stature to) the occupation force’s actions.