The Washington Post reports on the most recent spate of torture and beheadings by the terrorists, providing a sobering reminder of exactly what kind of people we’re dealing with:
Increasingly, bodies show unmistakable signs of torture. Videos of executions are posted on the Internet, as taunts, as warnings. Corpses are dumped on playgrounds, with neatly printed notes beside them. And very often, the heads have been removed.
The article states: “As the war drags on, the violence grows bolder and more grotesque.” The article goes on to describe someone rolling five heads onto the floor of a public building two years ago. But the violence has recently stepped up: “37 people were slain over the weekend, including four children.” An expert comments: “Each method is now more brutal, more extreme than the last. To cut off the heads? That is now what they like. They are going to the edge of what is possible for a human being to do.”
“November was the bloodiest month so far, with at least 700 killings,” and 4500 people have been killed since 2007.
Journalists in particular are targeted. One is quoted as saying: “They are making a joke about the authority of the government. All the killings and all so public. They are broadcasting that there is no government that can stop them. They are geniuses at marketing. They commit these spectacular murders. They decapitate people. They light people on fire. Who is not going to pay attention to that?”
As always, there are those who blame U.S. policy for these killings. But regardless of U.S. policy, the violence continues. The paper reports that just last week, “the corpses of seven men, each shot multiple times, strangled and tortured, were lined up against a garden hedge at a primary school. The killers left poster-size signs.”
And, of course, the terrorists love to broadcast songs proclaiming their violent successes. The paper reports that, soon after these most recent killings, “the local police frequency was commandeered” and a song praising the terrorist group was broadcast.
A U.S. official denounces the terrorist acts: “The hyperviolence, the grotesque acts, the decapitations, dumping bodies in schoolyards, going after families, this is the work of what I call terrorist mafias.”
Yet people regularly argue that U.S. policy is responsible for these killings. As if a change in government policy could cause monsters like this to suddenly become human beings again.
P.S. A recent L.A. Times article touts a report that places the blame for this violence squarely on the United States. According to the report, we shouldn’t be focusing primarily on going after these violent thugs, but rather on changing U.S. policies that are responsible for the violence. “[T]he report suggests an incoming Democratic government led by Barack Obama can open opportunities for better ties and communication” to stem the tide of killings and beheadings.
Do you agree?
Would it change your thinking about this if I told you that the recent beheadings all took place right across the U.S. border? And that the killers are sending their representatives into the country on a regular basis?
You do realize I’m talking about the Mexican drug cartels, right?