One Innocent Person is Killed. Response: Kill More Innocent People
Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee, better known as Instapundit, writes:
The response to Foley’s beheading should have been a MOAB dropped on an ISIS-held town.
For those of you who don’t know, a MOAB is a “Massive Ordnance Air Blast,” aka “The Mother of All Bombs.” Here’s how Wikipedia describes it:
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.
One innocent man is killed and Reynolds advocates retaliating not just by killing many of the bad guys but by killing all of the people in a town that the bad guys hold.
Reynolds is generally good at upholding standards of Western civilization, but his post reminds me of the quip attributed (probably incorrectly) to Mohandas Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization: “I think it would be a good idea.”