I watched it, boys and girls. I saw the video of that poor guy, Nicholas Berg, getting his head cut off. I had to see it. I was curious. I've seen a lot of fucked up things on video, and I figured this would just be one more. I thought I was hard enough to handle it. And they say sometimes you have to see it to believe it. That's what they say. Well, we'd all be better off not believing in this. If we could. I didn't watch all of it- it was like five minutes long, and a lot of it is talking by some guy who could barely speak English. And I didn't watch it to the end- where the guy parades around in front of the camera with the head in his hand. All I saw was about 15 seconds of a human being thrashing around on the floor as one "human" held onto his head by the hair and three others pinned his body to the floor, while a fifth one was sawing away at his neck like a tree stump. Be glad if you didn't need to see it.
I don't think I'll be able to sleep for a week. Every time I close my eyes, it's all I can see. Every time I blink. I know I won't be able to eat, and I know I won't be able to keep my mind on work at all today.
When they destroyed the World Trade Center, and I saw people jumping out windows because it was better than burning to death or waiting for the ceiling to collapse in on them. I thought, Whoever did this, I hope we turn their whole country into a big, smoking crater. I skipped work and class for three days because I just couldn't do anything but watch the news. I was mad. But it was far away, and I forgot. It's been almost three years and we haven't found the man most responsible for it.
Now, one of his friends (Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a member of al-Qaeda), on video, saws the living head off of a man. Because he is an American. And a Jew. Who went there to help.
Never mind that he did it without governmental sanction and apparently had no real plan for how he was going to do it. I chalk that up to stupidity and an overdeveloped sense of liberal guilt. I have no particular hatred of the Iraqi people as a whole, or Muslims or any one else who is just trying to live their life and be happy. But there's no fucking way I'm going there to repair telephone poles. Let them use smoke signals for a while.
And let's not joke. We didn't go to Iraq because we wanted to help the Iraqis, not primarily. We don't care about suffering people in countries that aren't a threat to us. And we didn't really go because of WMD, though that was a convenient (and apparently exaggerated) excuse. We went there because an evil man (who has supervised the making of several such videos as the one that will be haunting me for a while to come) was in power, and the populace was a) unwilling and b) unable to remove him on their own. A man who had sponsored men who do things like cut people's heads off and ram planes into buildings to make them collapse and kill the people inside. That man wanted to do things like that to us. Because we live in the most powerful (and culturally dominant) nation in the world, and power-mad dictators hate people with more power than they have. Need proof? Hitler. Stalin. Qadaffi. Castro. Osama Bin Laden. Saddam Hussein.
It needed to be done, and if they'd given me a vote, I would have voted for it. WMD or not. And I'll vote for them to take over every fucking country that supports, aids or abets people who behave in such a manner. Not because I'm worried about the welfare of the citizens of those countries, though I bear them no ill will and think in the end we'll have done them a favor. I think we should do it because "people" who murder other people for no good reason deserve to die.
I don't think we should kill them, though. I think they should be locked up for the rest of their natural born lives. I think that's worse than martyrdom.
In a way I hope I never forget how that video made me feel. Because it takes away all my sympathy. All the excuses. All the doubt.
Find them. Try them. Jail them.
Find the books they've written. The videos they've made. The children they've taught. Burn them. Erase them. Re-educate them. I'm not comfortable with cultural imperialism, but I can't see how a culture (I'm not talking about Islam, by the way, but what these people have turned it into) that teaches evil can be worthy of survival.
If you think I'm being rash, or unfair, or "ultra-conservative," take a look at the video. Here.
And then, when you spend the rest of the day repressing the urge to cry and vomit all at once, you tell me if you want your kids to grow up in a world with people like these. </font>