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May 11, 2004

To: Subhuman Islamofascist Scumbags
CC: Fifth-columnist fellow-travellers, J. Chirac

You have seen the pictures from Abu Ghraib, and are now using them as an excuse to continue your murderous ways... not that you ever needed an excuse before.

You think the humiliation inflicted on your imprisoned fellow terrorists was the height of American infidel behavior? You think that was a terrible and unforgiveable offense?

You think the murder of an innocent civilian is supposed to be justified by that? You suppose that beheading Nick Berg - or any of us - is an appropriate response?

It may behoove you to take note of one comparatively minor fact: the Abu Ghraib incident was the behavior of a small group of bored, jaded, poorly-trained rogue soldiers acting independently, without the sanction of the United States.

Just imagine what we will do to you if we, as a nation, get really pissed off and then act on it.

The only reason these poor excuses for soldiers are being prosecuted is because we had decided to extend the benefits of Geneva Convention coverage to your terrorist buddies. We didn't have to. Indeed, the laws of war would allow our troops to summarily execute anyone captured while illegally engaging in combat.

We're above that. We can afford to be magnanimous... for now.

Our magnanimity, patience and forbearance will not stretch infinitely. If and when the breaking point is reached, neither you nor your cause will survive. Even the continued existence of your people and culture would be in danger. We destroyed two nations and killed millions of their young men during a single war in the 20th century. What makes you think that we would hesitate to do so again if it became necessary? If it comes down to "us versus you," what makes you think we wouldn't choose "us?"

Some people claim to want nothing more than peace and stability in the Middle East. Think on this:

How stable would the region be if your deserts were converted to radioactive glass? How peaceful, if your cities were made into radioactive rubble?

Thank you for your attention to this matter,
The Management

Update: More info (and more vociferously presented) on the subject from Emperor Misha I, plus the world's longest comment thread. Well, the longest I've personally seen.

Update, 6/17/04: Bill Hobbs has similar thoughts.

Update, 6/18/04: See also my followup post.

Update, 6/15/05: More from Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report — "Anything short of summary execution is us simply being nice for its own sake!"

Posted by Russ at 11:24 PM, May 11, 2004 in Memoranda & Nat'l Security

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Well said, well said. This should be dropped full force all over the MIddle East, just for safe measure.

Posted by: The Sicilian at May 12, 2004 10:42 AM

"We destroyed two nations and killed millions of their young men during a single war in the 20th century."

Actually, no, you didn't. You and the British only killed around 200,000 German soldiers on the Western Front. The Red Army killed 3 million in the East. You defeated two nations in war and rebuilt them with your own money. You can't match the Red Army for savagery in the second world war, nor should you want to. Buy a book and stop blogging for awhile. Anthony Beevor's: Berlin: The Fall 1945, would be a start.

Posted by: georgie boy at June 18, 2004 06:33 PM

And how many Japanese did we kill? (Hint: about 2 million.) Forgot about them, didn't you, anonymous coward?

Further, we didn't bother rebuilding them until after they had been utterly defeated. And we didn't have to stoop to Red Army levels of savagery to do it.

And for the record, I've likely read more books than you have pages on the topic. Get over your own bad self.

Posted by: Russ at June 18, 2004 06:58 PM