I have been taking part in the comment thread on this post on Samizdata, where I expressed concern over treating a clip of taliban fighters being killed as entertainment.
Let me make this clear. There are people in this world who need to be dead, and I include taliban amongst them. I may regret the necessity that we have to expend both blood and treasure to remove people as threats, but I do not regret the threat being removed.
My attitude is not squeamishness at the thought of war, it is not disrespectful of those who are Orwell’s rough men, heroes willing to endure the horrors and stand on the ramparts between me and those who wish me dead.
Sure, I regret the taking of human life. It is a pity that we can’t take out these people without killing them, but that is just absurdly unrealistic wishful thinking.
My problem is with this post, not on the actions it depicts. Whatever the necessity of the killing of these people, it is just plain wrong to treat watching their deaths as a way of passing time while (do I really have to say metaphorically?) chowing down on popcorn and slurping fizzy drinks.
Taliban or not, these were people. Watching their deaths is not entertainment.
Update: I don’t have trackbacks working yet on this site, so I will instead crow about this reference, and thank Mr K T Kat for his kind and complimentary words.