Tuesday, May 11, 2004

'Video shows beheading of American captive in Iraq'

The fallout begins, graphically and horribly:

"'We tell you the pride of all Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and other jails is worth blood and souls.'"

There are a lot of heavy quotations in this article - it was hard to pick one. But I think this one wins because, when it comes down to it, and probably especially in this culture, pride is so, so important. And, really, at the base of it all, what war isn't about honor?

Civilization and all its discontents is built on a pissing contest, isn't it? And who's mother wears combat boots? And who was here first or started it first or fired the first shot or humiliated the first prisoner?

Look what we've done. Just look at us, where we are. So where do we go from here? It's going to get worse before it gets any better.

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