The Corner

Memo to Democrats, The New York Times, & Co.

Every time you parade

the Abu Ghraib photos, every time you parrot the patently ridiculous

pretension by these repulsive murderers that decapitations are motivated

by what those photos depict — rather than by a belief system that

exudes hatred and murder — you are guaranteeing that there will be more

Daniel Pearls, Nick Bergs and, now, Paul Johnsons. You are telling

these monsters that they get a free ride: They get to kill, which they

would do anyway, and they get to have you tell the world that the

proximate cause of the killing is the U.S. government rather than

militant Islam. Scorecard: al Qaeda – win, win; America: lose, lose;

Americans: die, die.

There are two possible story lines here: choice (a) Paul Johnson

was viciously beheaded today, becoming just the latest of thousands of

victims slaughtered by a menace that cannot be managed, need not be

culturally understood, and must be totally eradicated; or choice (b)

Paul Johnson died today; an Arabic website, upon first breaking the

news, explained that his death was retaliation for the scandalous abuse

of Iraqi prisoners by occupying U.S. forces in Baghdad, where the Bush

administration is alleged to have employed harsh interrogation tactics

– in violation of the Geneva Conventions — in order to press for

intelligence about weapons of mass destruction which have yet to be found.

Anybody have the slightest doubt which choice we’ll be reading and

seeing?

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