Cal Thomas takes up the moral inequivalence in reporting on the Iraq War. When the three men committed suicide in the GitMo prison in Cuba, the British media reported it as if these people were the average person committing suicide out of desperation. They failed to take into account that these people are of the belief that
- If they die a martyr they will have some number of virgins at their disposal
- If they die a martyr they will get media attention and hopefully get them out of holding without having to reveal the information they hold.
The media have a way of showing sympathy for these people that are committing calculated acts of warfare in killing themselves– the fortunate thing this time being the fact that they did not take any other people with them by exploding themselves.
These people in GitMo are not there because they were guiltless. They are there because they were on the battlefield. They are enemy combatents. They are good at manipulation. They have studied us and know our vulnerabilities, and we need to be sure that we maintain a right perspective in our struggle for survival.