I couldn’t agree more with Peggy Noonan’s reaction to yesterday’s atrocities in Fallujah.
It would be good not only for elemental justice but for Iraq and its future if a large force of coalition troops led by U.S. Marines would go into Fallujah, find the young men, arrest them or kill them, and, to make sure the point isn’t lost on them, blow up the bridge.
Here’s some more background on the culture of Fallujah.
“If I kill someone from your tribe, I know another member of my tribe will definitely be killed,” he says. “But people in Fallujah have learned that when they kill Americans nothing much happens. They learned that the Americans have different values, and this makes killing an American less dangerous than killing someone from another tribe.”
And, from the mother of Jerry Zovko, one of four killed yesterday in Fallujah:
“It was the hardest day of my life,” Zovko’s mother, Donna Zovko, said during an interview with the Associated Press in her suburban Cleveland home. “Jerry was a man with a principle, an idea,” his mother said. “He loved people. He wanted the world to be without borders, for everybody to be free and safe.”
Oh, and by the way, Senator Kerry should be completely outspoken on this subject as well — outspoken in his anguish at yesterday’s events but, more importantly, fully supporting the appropriate response.