Saturday, July 24, 2004
The kidnapping of such a high level emissary should shock every nation and corporation in Iraq or thinking about getting in on Iraq. Likewise, the wave of kidnapping is morally reprehensible, it is also intelligent. The hostage takers can make the stories of the "victims" known by personalizing them on both TV and on the internet. Public outrage at beheading will only go so far, then it will turn into 'this ain't worth it, let's get the fuck out' or 'let's just nuke 'em'. The latter we've been hearing more from the cons, but I'm not certain the majority of the people have the stomach for it.
I know this is not a new technique for guerrillas, but it is a new technique for the American public to watch live.
Likewise when one couples this with the Pentagon's admission they are hiring mercs in Afghanistan to torture people (looking for more sources on this), and unemployment at 70% in Iraq, there can't be that many poor slobs willing to get their heads chopped off for Haliburton.