Monday, September 19, 2005

No Greater Pleasure

In the Washington Times, Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough report the assessment of Army Col. H.R. McMaster, "a soldier-scholar who once advised Gen. John Abizaid", on the battle of Tal Afar:

"via a video hookup to describe how his 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, joined by 3rd Iraqi Army Division, routed most of the extremists.

But it was his description of how the enemy occupied their safe haven that got the most attention. Col. McMaster told of beheadings, gunshot killings, a booby-trapped dead child and kidnappings. '

This is the worst of the worst in terms of people in the world," he said. "To protect themselves here, what the enemy did is they waged the most brutal and murderous campaign against the people of Tal Afar. ... The enemy here did just the most horrible things you can imagine, in one case murdering a child, placing a booby trap within the child's body and waiting for the parent to come recover the body of their child and exploding it to kill the parents."

But we shouldn't get too upset about the deaths of "collaborators", right?

He also said:

"They are some of the worst human beings on the face of the Earth...There is no really greater pleasure for us than to kill or capture these particular individuals."

That reminds me of something Christopher Hitchens said recently in an interview:

They [Islamist radicals or, as Hitchens calls them, Islamo-fascists] gave us no peace and we shouldn’t give them any. We can't live on the same planet as them and I'm glad because I don’t want to. I don’t want to breathe the same air as these psychopaths and murders and rapists and torturers and child abusers.
Its them or me. I'm very happy about this because I know it will be them. It’s a duty and a responsibility to defeat them. But it's also a pleasure. I don’t regard it as a grim task at all.

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