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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cemeteries Off Limits — Our Limits, Their Cemeteries

There they were — 190 top Taliban thugs apparently saying prayers over the grave of one of their fallen soldiers. Or maybe it was a military formation. The image was captured by a high-flying American drone, and it would seem that the Pentagon decided not to send a missile to blast these scumbags (this being the correct technical term) off the face of the earth. Why? Because American military rules of engagement prohibit the bombing of enemy cemeteries. MSNBC's intrepid Kerry Sanders conveys this frustrated message from one of our soldiers who apparently takes seriously America's stated aim to dispatch Islamofascists into the waiting arms of their respective 72 virgins:
One officer involved says, "We were so excited. I came rushing in with the picture." But in the end, that excitement turned to frustration. The unmanned Predator drone, flying undetected overhead, continued to feed back pictures as the Taliban dispersed, heading off in tiny groups, too small to effectively target.
So, while these miserable cowards are free to scurry off to their "holy" work of sending more Americans to cemeteries, we can pat ourselves on the back for our military politesse and our slavish adherence to interfaith compassion. We wouldn't want to give the Taliban cause to lodge a complaint with the U.N. human rights commission.