The Corner

Re: The Pows

I’ve now heard from numerous readers who’ve seen the Al Jazeera footage, as well as some brief references on TV. There are only two conclusions to draw from the POW video. Either the Iraqis shot our troops in the forehead after they were dead or before. Even the “charitable” interpretation that they were shot post-mortem, doesn’t leave much room for anything short of searing rage. Several readers, including active and former military personnel are more than a little disappointed with President Bush for not making a more forceful statement about the mistreatment, if not outright murder, of our POWs. I don’t know exactly what the President could say, but something to the effect of “To those who would defy the Geneva convention when it comes to the treatment of POWs: May God have mercy on your souls, for we shall not” might work.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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