Can they be taught to fear?

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on June 21, 2006

Radio show host Mark Levin has a blog over at National Review and in a post responding to yesterday's discovery of the bodies of two tortured and mutilated American servicemen, he writes in part:

Meanwhile, two kidnapped U.S. soldiers were apparently brutally tortured and murdered today. And the question I pose to those who rightly honor the Greatest Generation is this: What would our country have done 60 years ago in response to this war crime? How would our political and military leadership have acted? By all accounts, they would have demanded severe retaliation and retribution. And by that I don’t mean “bringing the perpetrators to justice,” as if we’re talking about some law-enforcement response to a white-collar crime. No, I’m talking about a military response of such devastation that the enemy fears the consequences of future kidnappings and executions of our men and women in uniform. And that’s what’s missing in this war — the enemy does not fear us (at least not enough) and defeatism (rather than victory) is being preached from Capitol Hill and the news and editorial pages.

I don't disagree with Levin's condemnation of the defeatists on Capitol Hill and the New York Times editorial page -- among others. However, can we really instill fear in in Islamofascist jihadis who desire little more than to blow themselves and others up and thereby receive 72 virgins in heaven? Is there any level of brutality on our part -- directed at the jihadis, not civilians -- that will make them fear? The only thing I can think of is shipping pigs into the country and then announcing a new policy of wrapping the remains of the terrorists in pigskins before burial -- barring their way to paradise.

And you thought the multicultural, blame-America-first empathizers were bad before, wait until we get the PETA types going after us too.

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