Sometimes I wonder if maybe I just view the world differently than everyone else, other times I just wonder if Americans have our own unique worldview. When I read stories like this, it makes me wonder:
Europe reacted with horror Thursday to the grisly images of four American bodies being mutilated in Iraq, with some newspapers speculating about a quicker U.S. troop withdrawal and others saying it could serve as a new standard for attacks…
In the Milan daily Corriere della Sera, which published similar pictures, columnist Gianni Riotta noted that the attack came during the U.S. presidential election campaign, and that previous U.S. decisions to withdraw troops, in Lebanon and Somalia, have come after particularly bloody attacks.
”If the American public opinion is impressed by the fierce torture of Fallujah and by the endless stream of army dead … it could force the White House to do a turnaround, hand over governing to the Iraqis, leave some troops based there, and then get out,” he wrote.
This is, I must note, the completely different reaction that I had. Yes, I was horrified by the disgusting inhumanity of it, but at the same time, there was never even a thought of cutting and running. My reaction was that we must hunt down those who did this, and that this is more evidence that we need to fix this region. I would like to think that the majority of Americans se things the same way, but I don’t know sometimes.