The mutilated corpses of two young American soldiers were found today in Iraq. According to the Associated Press, "an Iraqi official said Tuesday the men were 'killed in a barbaric way.' Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for killing the soldiers, and said the successor to slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had 'slaughtered' them."
Probably just getting even with us for putting the Koran on a toilet at Gitmo. Thank God for the Geneva Conventions.
The atrocities allegedly committed by American soldiers against innocent Iraqi civilians are intolerable. And we should prosecute any offenses to the fullest extent of our law. We are not animals.
But while we worry about whether captive terror suspects are comfortable and well-fed -- and never embarrassed or made angry -- their buddies are disemboweling, beheading and/or mortally torturing their prisoners-of-war.
All wars have had their atrocities. Both sides have failed to play by the rules at some time. That's the reality we must accept when we're at war. We needn't relish the idea of wholesale slaughter of innocents, and we should prosecute it where we find it, but we probably spend too much time quibbling about creature comforts at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib and not enough decrying the butchery on the other side.