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Jason Holliston
 
Thursday, June 24, 2004  
Trying To Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

It's been mounting for quite a few days now, and today violence in Iraq has hit another high. Iraqi blogger Hammorabi reports:

Today the 24th June 2004 was a bloody day in Iraq in which hundreds of innocent Iraqis have been killed and more were wounded in several parts of Iraq by the Fucking whore terrorist thugs. In Baqouba the terrorist controlled some IP stations and many Iraqi Police have been killed in fire exchange. Al-Jazeera TV showed pictures of masked animals with RPG7 in their hands waving while the bodies of the innocent people laying down in the street.

Can you tell that he doesn't much appreciate the "help" from the terrorists in getting rid of the U.S. "infidels"? I try to imagine myself being in that situation, and while it's almost impossible, given my limited set of transferable experiences, as close as I can come is still enlightening.

I imagine America having an incredibly ruthless military dictator that's killed at least 10 million, if not more, of my fellow citizens over a 30 year period (working with percentage of population, here). America is surrounded by other countries run by nasty, military dictatorships. He becomes a threat to Europe, so they invade, defeat his armies, and occupy the country for a couple years. Things are looking up, and the Europeans are going to hand over control of America to a civilian government in a week or so. Our pride that we needed help from the Europeans is wounded, but the prospect of again having a democratic, consensual government that respects its citizen's right to liberty is intoxicating. The future looks bright.

Unfortunately, over the past year or so, thousands of terrorist thugs from Canada, Mexico, and Central America have been streaming across the border to try to make sure that a civilian, democratic government doesn't take root. Not only have these murderers been killing the Europeans by the dozen, but Americans by the hundreds. I watch a television news station broadcast out of Mexico, and see statements from these people, saying that any American that wants a civilian, democratic government should be executed on the spot, and that they're actually worse than the occupying Europeans.

Do you think that would make me angry? You betcha. Here's Hammorabi's recommendation:

Now Mr Iyad Alawi and his government need to take certain action as urgent as possible. First the capital punishment should not only be to the terrorist but to those who assists them by any way at all and sever punishment for those who keeps silent about their places or activities. The other thing is to execute them in public. Those who kill should face the same destiny by the same method. The other important thing is to impose a curfew on all areas where terrorist hide and attack. There are special areas like Falluja and Baquoba should have Military rulers and military curfew with strict sanctions and no reconstructions or ordinary services until they clear themselves from the sin of the terrorist. More strict action from the coalition needed now to isolate Falluja before the 30/6/2004. It needs complete blockade now and attacks for the terrorist sites. ...

Harsh? Again, you betcha, but when I try to put myself in the situation I described above, I think I'd be demanding very similar actions.

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