So there is a big brouhaha over the fact that four US Marines "desecrated" the bodies of some enemies they had killed in Afghanistan. People are up in arms over this.
I just hope the people up in arms over the four Marines (who deserve punishment for what they did, if they did it) are just as up in arms over this incident, where the Taliban killed someone at prayer in a Mosque. Sure, the person, Mukarram Khan Atif, was a reporter for Voice of America and had been warned about his line of work by the Taliban. But, the man was at prayer, in a Mosque. Is nothing sacred? Has the concept of sanctuary been lost altogether? Is a Mosque the only place the Taliban can murder its victims?
I will assert that just because the Taliban is locked into an 8th Century view of right and wrong is not a reason for our service members to act the same way. On the other hand, do we really want to negotiate with people whose sense of proportion is so limited and warped? These guys think it is OK to throw acid on little girls who go to school. Maybe 8th Century is too generous.
Regards — Cliff