How many times have you wondered why Israel hasn't lobbed a missile into a crowd of Hezbollah militiamen marching down Main Street Beirut? Or the U.S. hasn't bombed a pro-al Qaeda gathering in Afghanistan where people dismember George Bush in effigy and call for death to all Americans?
Well, the Associated Press is reporting today we had our chance in July when spy photo showed more than 100 Taliban insurgents gathered in southern Afghanistan, but we didn't pull the trigger. Why?
The U.S. military stood down when it realized the terrorists were gathered in a cemetery.
"NBC News said US Army officers had wanted to attack with missiles carried by an unmanned Predator drone, but were prevented under rules of battlefield engagement that bar attacks on cemeteries. ... While not giving a reason for the decision, the military concluded that the statement saying that while Taliban forces have killed innocent civilians during a funeral, coalition forces 'hold themselves to a higher moral and ethical standard than their enemies.'"
Should we be frustrated or proud? I choose proud ... through gritted teeth. Were the tables turned, it's unlikely our enemy would show the same respect (or public-relations savvy.) They literally dodged a bullet because Americans adhere to a higher moral standard ... and they likely see it as a weakness.
Then again, it's not clear what the U.S. military did when they left the cemetery.